About Get Schooled

More than 80% of high school students say their goal is to attend a four-year college. But young people are nervous about how to make that dream come true. They are confused about which college to attend, stressed about the college application process and anxiety ridden about how to actually pay for college. They need information about financial aid, scholarships and jobs that help them offset the cost of a higher education.

Get Schooled was founded five years ago through a partnership with Viacom and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Our mission has been to empower and engage young people and to give them the tools and inspiration to get the education they need to succeed. We use our digital platform, gamification and a recipe we call ‘sizzle and substance’ to inspire and engage students. To date, we’ve reached more than five million young people attending close to 11,000 middle and high schools throughout the United States.

Through Get Schooled, young people will find:

  • Tips for succeeding in high school, including text wake up calls, selecting classes or even navigating homecoming
  • Games that teach everything from refresher math to college application tips
  • An easily searchable database of scholarships
  • Tools to find a job that will help pay for college. 
  • Tools to explore college options
  • Real-live help through text on everything from questions about SAT scores to FAFSA to filling out a job application

The more young people explore our site, the more points they earn to cash in our reward store, earn badges and eventually qualify for scholarships. Here are 6 Reasons You Need to be on Get Schooled!

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February 13, 2017

Get Schooled ranked among top 10 most innovative companies in gaming.

Source: Get Schooled Foundation
January 9, 2017

Maddie Lamb, Sequoyah High School senior, winner of the Graduate for Más Homecoming Court, leads in the design of a collaborative art project that reflects the power of community in ensuring all students graduate from high school prepared for the future.

Source: Get Schooled Foundation
November 3, 2016

Snapchat Tour is part of Get Schooled’s College Application Campaign that also includes personal statement coaching and text-based college advice

Source: Get Schooled Foundation
October 18, 2016

Get Schooled, Viacom and the Ad Council release a new series of PSA’s as part of a national ad campaign featuring DJ Khaled aimed at boosting high school and college success rates

Source: Get Schooled Foundation
January 20, 2016

Carol City Middle School in Miami Gardens took first place in the National Fall Attendance Challenge. They earned a visit from DJ Khaled to celebrate their big win.

Source: Get Schooled Foundation
November 18, 2015

DePaul University Student Dawn Adepoju to Receive Mega-Scholarship Toward College Degree

Source: Get Schooled Foundation
September 28, 2015

To ensure more young people have access to the information they need to go to college, today the Get Schooled Foundation announced the expansion of the College Text Hotline for the 2015-16 school year during a panel at the 20th Anniversary National College Access Network (NCAN) Conference.

Source: Get Schooled Foundation
May 1, 2015

Sacramento High School students earn a surprise celebrity principal for the day and a $2,000 grant to recognize their commitment to high school graduation and college success.

Source: Get Schooled Foundation
March 10, 2015

Chance the Rapper and Ludacris joined non-profit Get Schooled, Comcast’s Internet Essentials, and city and school leaders at Alcott College Prep on Tuesday afternoon to kick off the Get Schooled, Get Connected Spring Challenge, designed to help thousands of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students finish their school year strong and increase their preparation for college.

Source: Get Schooled Foundation
March 10, 2015

Nickelodeon has partnered with Get Schooled, a national non-profit co-founded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Viacom, to award one skilled and innovative animator with a $25,000 scholarship by creating an original animated short.

Source: Get Schooled Foundation
December 8, 2014

Former Chicago Bears player James "Big Cat" Williams surprises, awards laptops in classroom visits.

Source: Get Schooled Foundation
December 3, 2014

Partnership Allows Low-Income Teens More Access to College Information

Source: Unigo
June 10, 2014

On Thursday, June 12, recording artist and Detroit native, Big Sean will return to his hometown to act as “Principal for the Day” at Bates Academy (Bates), an Excellent Schools Detroit “Recommended School.”

Source: Get Schooled Foundation
February 5, 2014

Today, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Get Schooled, Viacom and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan at the T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA, to discuss the importance of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when planning for college.

Source: Get Schooled Foundation
August 30, 2013

After airlifting tacos to the remote Alaskan community in 2012, Taco Bell® returns on a new mission: reward teens for their hard work toward graduation

Source: Get Schooled Foundation
April 30, 2013

Get Schooled has focused on attendance as a critical metric in school and student performance because it is one of the best predictors of high school graduation rates and college readiness rates.

Source: Get Schooled Foundation