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New "Micro-Scholarships" Offered To Attend University of Iowa

Money for Education: MGN Online
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Published: Mar. 2, 2016 at 12:50 PM CST
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The University of Iowa teamed up with Raise.me to offer a new scholarship program for all of Iowa's 99 counties. The goal of the pilot project is to encourage and improve college readiness among high school students.

The "micro-scholarships" are worth up to $1,200.

Students must meet certain criteria to be eligible for the scholarship. That includes getting an A or B in certain math classes, or being involved in arts, athletics or other extracurricular programs.

Only certain high schools were selected for the four year pilot project. They include the district from each county with the highest free- and reduced-lunch percentage. It's based on the 2015-2016 data from the Iowa Department of Education.

Students who attend an Iowa community college first and earn an associate's degree can then transfer to the UI and use the full amount of their Raise.me scholarship.

This micro-scholarship pilot project is a partnership between the UI and Raise.me, with support from Facebook and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. For more information, go to the

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Here is the list of eastern Iowa school districts participating in the micro-scholarship program:

Postville

Vinton-Shellsburg

Waterloo

Tripoli

Independence

North Butler

North Cedar

Mason City

New Hampton

MFL MarMac

Clinton

Edgewood-Colesburg

Dubuque

Oelwein

Charles City

CAL

BCLUW

Eldora-New Providence

Winfield-Mt. Union

Howard-Winneshiek

Battle Creek-Ida Grove

Maquoketa

Fairfield

Lone Tree

Midland

Keokuk

Cedar Rapids

Columbus

Oskaloosa

Marshalltown

West Liberty

Grinnell-Newburg

Davenport

South Tama County

Cardinal

Washington

Decorah

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