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Dear Students and Parents,

I know that many of you have concerns about how to make a college education more affordable. Through a new program called RaiseMe, students can guarantee scholarships from 250+ colleges as early as 9th grade, making it easier to plan financially for school. RaiseMe has proven to be a great tool to motivate students in high schools throughout the U.S.

As an example: • 

~Get an A in a course ($100 - $1,000)

• Get a B in a course ($50-$600)

• Participate in a school club or sport ($25 - $250)

• And much more! 

Our school is among the first in the country to take advantage of this opportunity, which was launched with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and U.S. colleges. Here are a couple of easy ways to support your students in using this unique tool: 

1) Ensure that your student creates an account at

2) Encourage your student to regularly add good grades, community service, extracurricular activities, and other achievements to his or her RaiseMe Portfolio to earn micro-scholarships from colleges.

3) Visit for more information. We hope using RaiseMe will make your student’s path to college both more fun and affordable. If you have questions, I encourage you to contact me, Kim Ratliff or send an email to [email protected].

More information go to:

Please don't forget to apply for FAFSA! The application opens on October 1, 2021. You can complete the FAFSA online at 

Seniors – work with your parents and counselors to get the following ready:

  • Social Security Number

  • Federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned

  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)

  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)

  • FSA ID to sign electronically. You can create that ID here:

FAFSA Federal Deadline

Because of the variation in state and college deadlines, it is highly recommended that you fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can after October 1 to ensure that you do not miss out on available aid.

FAFSA State Deadline

Virginia - Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms may be required.

FAFSA College Deadline

Check with the college(s) you are interested in attending. You may also want to ask your college about its definition of an application deadline - whether it is the date the college receives your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed.

Find Scholarships as Unique as YOU are!!! Check out for scholarships and internship matches, part-time jobs, college scholarship app, financial aid tips, and online resources. Important Reminders: 1. Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year. 2. October 1st is when the FAFSA application process begins, apply at: 3. BEWARE of SCAMS!!! If you have to pay a fee to get money or apply for a scholarship. it's probably a scam. 4. Research the scholarship you are applying for, if it sounds to good to be true, then it is a scam.