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

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - 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.

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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 UI Undergraduate Admissions page or to the Raise.me website.

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