Murray State University is partnering with an online scholarship platform to increase enrollment by offering micro-scholarships to high school students.
Through the ‘RaiseMe’ program, the scholarship office assigns values to individual achievements in categories like academics and community service. For example, a student can earn 25 dollars for attending a Murray State University college fair meeting or 50 dollars for attending an off-campus event. Students check off achievements through an online account to receive the micro-scholarships.
Director of Scholarships Christian Cruce said the amounts will be included with rather than added on top of scholarship packages for incoming students.
“When we make our scholarship package it will include anything that is in the microscholarship platform. So it’s not necessarily something that’s on top of what they qualify for,” Cruce said.
Director of Communication Shawn Touney said the partnership is part of an effort to increase high school student interest in Murray State University.
Associate Director and Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment Roslyn White said the partnership is a recruitment tool. She said the university has seen a decline in enrollment over the past couple of years and fewer students attended summer orientation this year than last year. She said the university has gained more than 1,300 followers on Raise Me since joining roughly a month ago.