Too often, students are compelled to play by the rules and think about their job search in pre-defined ways: go to the career fair, apply online, wait for the result. While this may work for some, if you're looking to differentiate yourself and get noticed, it becomes incredibly important to be creative in your approach.
Raise.me, a San Francisco Startup Company, has changed the game in Financial Aid by introducing this new concept of micro-scholarships. The company has been featured on CNN, The New York Times, and NPR.
Instead of following the mundane task of reporting their families income, students instead are rewarded for their achievements in school.
Getting funding for school just became easier, students using Raise.me are not required to send in essays of letters of recommendation either. This program is solely based on scholastic ability.
One student, Ashley Ayala-Perez, raised a daunting amount of 2,500 dollars a year using Raise.me at her institution of choice.
Currently the program encompasses 130 campuses including Penn State and Carnegie. Whether or not this program will be expanding to San Francisco State has yet to be determined.
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