How to Spot a Scholarship Scam

rasel ahmed
Mar 20, 2018 · 3 min read

Finding scholarships is one of the most important things that students can do when they are getting ready to go to college, unless they are one of the few lucky students who do not have any sort of financial concerns. There are many search engines that are dedicated to helping students find money so that they can achieve their goals of higher education. Although these search engines and the scholarships offered from there are often very helpful, there are some that are a little bit dangerous. There are many scholarship opportunities, but there are also a lot of scams. Here’s how to spot a scam:

Scholarships that ask for money, or search engines that ask for money are not legitimate. There are a great deal of search engines that can be found on the Internet, all of which are completely free. You should not have to pay any sort of money to a scholarship search engine. If a scholarships asks for money to apply, it is not a real scholarships, this is not like college applications, they do not charge you for applying. If you’re going to spend money seeking out scholarships, spend it on tutoring or on hiring someone to help you with your scholarship essays. Along with asking you for money, if you are asked for your credit card information or your bank account information, this is a scam! There is absolutely no reason why scholarships or search engines would need this information, so make sure you do not give it out.

If you are offered a guaranteed scholarship, this is a scam! Scholarships need to be applied for, and you will never be the only person applying to a scholarship. It has to be earned, a person cannot guarantee that you will a scholarship so don’t waste your time with this kind of offer. Also, if a scholarship says that is aimed at you or specifically for you, there is a very high chance that this is not a real scholarship. You have to win a scholarship, and to do that, there will be competition.

If a scholarship does not require any type of information or background, it most likely will not get you any real money. Those who offer scholarships like to know who they are giving their money to and they always require some type of information on you, some less than others, but there are always questions about your background, always! Some essays require an essay, and some have other requirements, but if there is nothing needed of you, there will be nothing for you to win.

If there is no information regarding contacting the person or company offering the scholarship is given, it is likely that this is not a real scholarship. Those offering scholarships provide you with their contact information so that you are able to get in touch with them if you have some questions, and so that you know who you are dealing with. If you contact the sponsors of the scholarship and are not given a specific answer, or if the person that responds to you goes around the question rather than answering it directly, it is not always sure that the scholarship is a scam, there is a possibility that the person did not understand what you were asking. If you are not given an answer that is satisfactory, ask again, more specifically, and if you are still not given a clear answer, move on.

Make sure that you know what you are getting into when signing up for a scholarships. There are always people who find a way to take advantage of others, and because that, you must always be informed.


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