How Does It Work?
Donors contribute to a general scholarship fund for underserved students. Students submit their applications for funding to the iPivoted board. All students under consideration by the iPivoted board for financial assistance were referred by their school’s scholarship office or by local educational foundations. In either case, the student are already well known to the different educational institutions. To be eligible to receive funding from the general scholarship fund, iPivoted students must meet one of the following criteria:
- Veteran with dependents. While the G.I. Bill can support a single veteran, the set amount from Uncle Sam is not enough for the education of a veteran with dependents. iPivoted supports veterans from all branches of the military and also the National Guard. iPivoted believes that if you served your country overseas, no matter in what capacity, then your education should be supported back home.
- First generation college student. These students often have surprisingly high potential but may not receive any support or knowledge about college from their family or social network. If they show determination to attend college, iPivoted wants to offer them the financial support they need.
- From a low income family. Students eligible for a free or reduced lunch in secondary school are eligible to participate in iPivoted. These students often face many additional challenges in their family life and at their local school. iPivoted feels that it is especially important to recognize these underserved students, many of whom are facing a major pivot point in their futures. Given today’s economy, the majority will only make it if they go on to get their post-secondary degree.
- Living with a chronic disease. Students with a chronic disease like multiple sclerosis face many challenges in their future. They too must have their educational degrees to succeed and must overcome many additional obstacles.
- Former foster youth. When foster children reach 18 they are emancipated, and financial supports from the government end. All too frequently, foster children must fend for themselves with limited resources and uncertain family support. iPivoted wants to ensure that former foster children can realize their full potential.
Make a secure, online donation. You can pledge any amount you wish, even as little as $5.
Rather than seek large contributions, iPivoted focuses on getting many small donations for students. Of course, students with the smallest requests have the best chance of getting funded by the board.
Whatever the amount contributed, it will help students get the financial assistance they need for their education.
Congratulations! The iPivoted board makes a scholarship award to a student frome the pooled funds of donors. The donors receive a thank you e-note from the student through the iPivoted website. It’s a great feeling, but this is just the beginning. iPivoted transfers the funds to the school’s scholarship office (iPivoted will never send money directly to a student). The student must go to the scholarship office, where the institution verifies that the student has enrolled full-time and meets the minimum academic requirements to receive a scholarship from the school. Once confirmed, the student gets the scholarship! At the end of the semester, students will update iPivoted and our donors through a blog linked to the iPivoted website.
Students who have complied with all iPivoted requirements may again request support for the next semester, all the way through graduation. The request will always be directed to iPivoted, never to the individual donors. The school’s scholarship office will verify the student’s academic progress and compliance.
Whether you made one donation or several, congratulations! Your belief in iPivoted scholarship students has translated into success, helping to create real human capital. An education is one thing that can never be taken away.