The REAP Foundation Scholarship Program is available to learners with one or more parent who is a first-generation immigrant and whose parents do not possess a four-year college degree from the United States and who earn a combined family income of less than $80,000 per year. We regret that we cannot open this limited program to all students.
This program is unique because it starts rewarding students for their academic performance as early as middle school, encouraging them to look forward, rather than at the end of high school when they can only look backward. REAP students are provided with additional counseling which reinforces the financial incentive to perform at a high level. The REAP counselor makes clear how students can grow their REAP college funds, and provides support and encouragement to do so.
Students track their REAP rewards through the earnings report they receive each semester, which provides an opportunity for the student to draw a concrete connection between academic performance and financial reward.
How it works
Each REAP learner earns funding for four-year colleges based on their performance in high school core classes. Learners earn $125 for a score of 3.5 or 4.0 in each of two parts of their core classes, with a potential to earn $1250 every year that the learner takes five core classes in both semesters. Learners who earn $1000 or more in one year will earn an additional yearly bonus of $1000.
Those who pass the CAHSEE on their first attempt will earn $500, which is excluded from the minimum required to earn the yearly $1000 bonus. Over four years, learners have the opportunity to build their REAP college fund to $9,250. Learners are required to meet a minimum of $2500 in REAP rewards to keep their college fund active at graduation. They are given support to help reach this goal.
Top REAP students are invited to compete for Super Scholarships, which total up to $75,000 in additional REAP funds for each graduating class. The winner(s) will be determined by an interview and application process. REAP students who have participated in activities that demonstrate their leadership skills are encouraged to apply.
- Learners earn $125 for a 3.5 or 4.0 final course score for the completion of Part A and/or Part B of any core or foreign language course. There is the potential to earn $250.00 in up to five eligible courses per year.
- Learners must complete all required measurement topics for a course with in one school year or less to earn the $125 for Part A and/or Part B of the qualifying course.
- Learners must maintain a Life Skills score of 4.0 in the course that qualifies for funding.
- Learners earn a $500 one-time bonus if they score proficient on CAHSEE on the first try in the 10th grade. If the learner scores proficient on only one of the two sections of the CAHSEE on their first try, they will earn a one-time bonus of $250.
- When a student earns $1000 or more in REAP funds in one academic year by achieving 3.5 or 4.0 final course scores in core or foreign language classes, that student will receive a $1000 bonus added to their scholarship. Students earn this bonus each year that they qualify. The one-time $500 bonus for scoring proficient on the CAHSEE census test is excluded from the $1000 yearly minimum required to double the student’s earnings for that academic year.
- REAP funds are only disbursed for four-year accredited universities. A student can attend a two-year college and begin receiving their REAP funds once they transfer to a four-year university.
- Parents are required to participate in at least four meetings held throughout the school year. These meetings include, but are not limited to Back to School Night, Parent University, Sophomore Counseling, ELAC and School Site Council. Contact Norma Murrillo for more details
- Students are required to fulfill 20 mentoring hours, beginning when they have earned the $2500 minimum required to keep the REAP funds. If the student meets the minimum half way through the year, they are required to complete only 10 hours of mentoring for that year.
Increased College Counseling
In addition to providing financial support incentives to students, REAP believes that increased mentorship along the college track is the key to getting more students to attend four-year universities. We require all students who enroll in the Incentive-Based Scholarship Program to participate in our Increased College-Counseling program. A full-time REAP-funded counselor is on Lindsay High School campus every day providing REAP students with additional counseling attention to communicate the value of higher education and to encourage students to perform at a high level in high school, and to choose the appropriate college, career path, and financial plan to get there.
How it works
The REAP Counselor meets with students frequently throughout their high school careers to add college-counseling hours to those they already receive through LHS counselors. The goal of these meetings is to communicate the value of higher education and to provide an incentive to students to stay focused on the college track. The counselor works to convince each student that college is a real and valuable option no matter what their families can contribute financially. She educates the student about funding options available in addition to REAP scholarships, and provides guidance in the application processes required to attain additional financial aid. The REAP counselor familiarizes students with the details of the REAP Incentive-Based Scholarship Program and how their academic performance will affect their REAP fund.
Students are encouraged to begin the process of preparing for college early in their high school career. They receive reminder cards of what they should be doing each semester to prepare for college. REAP students who begin to fall off track academically are reminded of the financial incentive to improve their scores in core classes, and they are advised on how they can make improvements. Students who are achieving on target are publicly praised and encouraged to keep up the good work. All students are educated about colleges that may fit their personal and career interests and life aspirations. They are encouraged to research a wide array of colleges and ask many questions that will help them determine which college fits them best.
- One-on-on Student meetings
Students are called out of their classes a number of times throughout the year to check in with the REAP counselor. During this time, the REAP counselor elicits information about the student including his or her interests, career goals, college aspirations, hobbies, etc., that will help her match the student to potential scholarships and colleges of interest. The administrator checks that the student is on-track for college, fulfilling A-G requirements, studying for and taking the SATs multiple times, participating in extra-curricular activities and community service, completing mentoring hours, and educating the student about what they should be doing to stay on the college track. Students receive a follow-up email summary of their student meeting to reinforce the information that has been exchanged.
- Making College Funding Options Transparent
The REAP counselor incentivizes academic achievement by frequently reminding students about REAP rewards for scores of 3.5 or 4.0 in core classes. She also begins familiarizing students with additional funding options beginning early in their high school career, so they understand what will be required of them to be eligible for additional aid. Students are educated about the cost of various colleges and living expenses, and the counselor helps them formulate a financial plan to pay for college. The REAP counselor helps the student understand and apply for state and federal aid and student loans. She suggests particular scholarships of interest for individual students, and helps them with the application process.
- Teacher Communication
The REAP counselor works to form partnerships with teachers so that they can help her learn about particular students, especially regarding which colleges would best suit them, and for which scholarships they might be eligible. The REAP counselor checks in with teachers about students who are falling off track to discover what they can do to improve performance. Teachers are encouraged to use the REAP Incentive-Based Scholarships to push their students to achieve at a high level in their classes, reminding them of the financial incentive to do so.
- Earnings Reports and Reminder Cards
Students receive REAP earnings reports twice yearly so they can see how their college fund has grown over time. They also receive reminder cards sent to their classroom with important dates and tips to stay on the college track. The REAP counselor also uses the school bulletin to communicate with REAP students about what they should be doing each semester to prepare for college.
When the REAP Counselor is not focused on motivating students to stay on the college track, she is busy encouraging parents to help in her efforts. The REAP Counselor regularly makes parent phone calls out of concern for students who are falling off track and to praise students who are doing well, working to strengthen the connection between school and home. She meets with individual parents to educate them about what their student needs to be doing to be college-ready. She familiarizes parents with our Incentive-Based Scholarships and additional resources their student can use to help secure enough financial aid to fund college.
How it works
Parents are required to participate in a number of Lindsay High School Parent Universities in order for their student to remain eligible for the REAP Incentive-Based Scholarships. The REAP Counselor begins to get to know REAP parents through these meetings, and schedules time to deepen their relationship through phone calls home and meetings with individual parents.
The REAP counselor makes the case for college to REAP parents, advising them on the many ways a four-year degree will benefit their student. Parents are familiarized with the REAP Incentive-Based Scholarship Program so that they understand the financial incentive to help motivate their student to earn scores of 3.5 and 4.0 in their core classes.
The REAP counselor also familiarizes parents with additional funding options for which their student may be eligible, guiding them through the application processes to attain this aid. She educates parents about details of state and federal financial aid programs, and assists them in creating a financial plan to pay for college using various funding options. REAP parents receive earnings reports twice yearly to keep track of how their student’s academic performance is growing their college fund. Most importantly, the REAP counselor regularly communicates with parents about what their student should be doing each semester to be college-ready.
Throughout the year, the REAP counselor holds a number of topic-based college workshops to help prepare her students in all aspects of the college application process including registering for and preparing for the SATs, learning how to write a powerful personal essay, filling out college applications, understanding financial aid and how to finance college, filling out financial aid and non-REAP scholarship applications, applying for application fee waivers, etc. The REAP counselor will also facilitate a number or workshops aimed to familiarize her students with the colleges that interest them beginning early in the students’ high school careers.
How it Works
In the digital age, the best way a student can get their questions about college answered is to be in direct contact with current university students and admissions counselors. All REAP students have access to a running list of university student and admission counselor email addresses at a wide array of four-year colleges and are encouraged to ask many questions about college life and the application process. REAP university students are required to provide mentorship via email to current Lindsay High School REAP students in the college application process
How it Works
Students who meet the $2500 minimum required to keep REAP funds are required to begin completing mentoring hours. Mentoring hours can be fulfilled by tutoring another REAP student. REAP alumni who are receiving funds are required to mentor current REAP high school students via email. REAP high school students are encouraged to ask many questions of their university mentor.
How it Works