In 2016 the Faculties of Engineering and Mathematics joined a “microscholarships” platform in the U.S., launched by Raise.me in San Francisco. A microscholarship is a small award for some achievement, for example $10 for getting an “A” in a course. If a student with a bunch of achievements applies, is accepted, and attends the college offering the microscholarships, then they receive that award (or more, depending on other scholarships, etc.). The Raise.me online platform provides a way for high school students to document their activities and achievements, and to search for colleges that might be a good fit. It’s a social innovation that is meant to encourage students to think about post-secondary education and to see what various colleges offer and value in their applicants.
At this time it’s only available to US high school students, and we have a sign up page available where those students can see more about Waterloo. Eventually Raise.me hopes to roll it out to Canada and other countries. For us, it’s an interesting outreach tool and we already have several thousand “followers” on the platform. We will continue to experiment with it and see what role it can play in matching us with good students.