Wesley College is participating in a new national scholarship program that encourages students to set attainable goals in high school to better prepare for college.

The free online program, called Raise.me, provides micro-scholarships starting in ninth grade for various accomplishments, as well as school and community involvement.

Examples of micro-scholarships include leadership roles on campus, taking advanced classes, good grades, community service and extracurricular activities. Students sign up for free and then they can focus on making the most of their high school career.

Raise.me is a social enterprise focused on expanding access to higher education, especially among low-income and first-generation students. It was developed in response to scholarships and grants being awarded by colleges at the very end of high school — after a student has already done well or not, applied to a college or not and been accepted or not.

Raise.me has partnered with more than 200 schools including the University of Iowa, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Tulane, Carnegie Mellon, Franklin and Marshall College and Rollins College, as well as Wesley.

For information, visit raise.me or raise.me/join/wesley-college.