Wheeling Jesuit Joins New Initiative to Foster College-Going Culture in Appalachia Schools

  WJU News
  Thursday, June 15, 2017 1:31 PM
  WU News

Wheeling, WV

Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) has joined RaiseMe, a college access platform that expands college opportunities for students of all backgrounds, in addition to helping them prepare for college.

WJU, along with a select group of other institutions, launched the Appalachia Access Initiative through Raise.me. In a commitment to increase motivation and transparency around the college admissions process for traditionally under-resourced students, WJU will offer their micro-scholarship program on Raise.me to low-income high school students across Appalachia. 

“Wheeling Jesuit University was founded to educate the young women and men of Appalachia for lives of leadership and service. Raise.me's innovative business model ensures that high school students from this region and beyond recognize that a high-quality, private education is within their reach right here in West Virginia,” said Dr. Debra Townsley, Wheeling Jesuit's president. 

Through the micro-scholarship programs on Raise.me, high school students in Appalachia can now earn scholarship dollars toward their college tuition for incremental achievements. Those achievements can range from taking challenging courses at a community college while in high school to taking leadership roles in extracurricular activities to caring for younger siblings or taking after-school jobs.

The micro-scholarships range from $100 to $3,000 per achievement and would be awarded by Wheeling Jesuit once they apply and are admitted. On Raise.me, Wheeling Jesuit's micro-scholarship programs are designed deliberately to encourage student behaviors that are proven to lead to greater academic success and better college retention.

“We are excited about the impact of this partnership on high school completion and college readiness throughout the Appalachia region and our growing student population on Raise.me nationwide. Wheeling Jesuit and the other members of the Appalachia Access Initiative stood out as mission-driven institutions dedicated to access, affordability and student success,” said Jane Yu, director of Partnerships at Raise.me.

To learn more about RaiseMe and Wheeling Jesuit's participation in the Appalachia Access Initiative, go to https://www.raise.me/join/wju or contact the admissions office by phone at 304-243-2359 or by email at admiss@wju.edu.

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