There are thousands of organizations and companies that support students in their pursuit of education by sponsoring legitimate scholarship and grant programs. Unfortunately, there are also some people who seek to take advantage of financially-needy students and parents. Don't be a victim of a scholarship scam! Here are some clues that a scholarship program might be too good to be true:

  1. You have to pay to apply for the scholarship or it will cost you money
  2. You have to provide a credit card, bank account number or other financial information to hold the scholarship
  3. The scholarship is guaranteed and open to everyone
  4. You cannot find information on the scholarship anywhere else or proof of past winners
  5. You were selected as a winner for a contest or program, but never applied or entered
  6. The scholarship is time sensitive – i.e., first-come, first-served
  7. There is no contact information or support phone number for the scholarship sponsor

Read more about scholarship scams here.  Happy and safe hunting!