RISE Scholarships

RISE Scholarships were created by THE ONE LESS FOUNDATION to help students, pursuing an undergraduate degree at an accredited institute of higher education, meet their financial needs. The scholarships are funded by donors and supporters.

The application period for scholarships opens May 1, 2018 and closes June 30, 2018. Applications postmarked after June 30, 2018 or received via fax/email after 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2018 will not be considered. Scholarship winners will be notified on July 10, 2018 and will receive their awards at the RISE Awards or through other arrangements if they are unable to attend the dinner.

There is one common application for all scholarships, click here to apply or to download a .pdf copy the application


Provide the opportunity of higher education to students from low-income households and under-resourced communities.  


Our RISE Scholarships


promise scholar

Awarded to a graduating high school senior with a  2.0 - 3.5 GPA, who has made significant (an increase of 1.0 or more) academic progress from the previous school year to the most recently ended school year.  $1000 scholarship.



the ebms family scholarship

Awarded to a student who has overcome a difficult obstacle or life situation. $1,000 scholarship.



tomorrow's innovator

Awarded to a student with a 3.2 or above GPA, pursuing a degree in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. $1,000. Scholarship.



rise scholar

Awarded to a student with a 3.5 or above GPA , actively involved with their community or in community service. The scholarship award is $2,000 total with $1,000 given to the student at the beginning of each semester (for one year), provided a minimum 3.5 GPA is met at the end of the fall semester. Students who are awarded this scholarship may submit a yearly supplemental application for continued support for three additional years of undergraduate studies.