Beware of scams involving college scholarship contests!
There are both legitimate and non-legitimate contests and it’s important to know the differences between them.
There are some opportunities to win scholarship contests and sweepstakes. If you don’t mind filling out online forms and signing up for memberships and receiving solicitations, these contests can be an easy way to apply for free scholarship money.
These contests typically won’t ask you to write essays or get to involved in your past academic achievements, because primarily they are looking for you to sign up for membership to some website.
There will typically always be a catch to applying for a scholarship contest.
It’s never a good strategy to focus your energy and attention on searching out and applying for scholarship sweepstakes. Your time will be better well spent following our college scholarship service guide to a more successful search.
If you’re feeling lucky and would like to apply to some of these contests, here are a few we would recommend.
Stay away from these types of websites.
It’s always important to remember that identity theft is a real and growing problem. There are many marketers who’ll do anything to get their hands on as much information on young adults that could be used for many legitimate and illegal purposes.
A good rule of thumb to follow when giving information about yourself on any website during your scholarship search is to ask yourself this question…
“Is it necessary for them to have the personal information their asking for to provide me with what I’m looking for?” If it feels suspicious…listen to that little voice inside your head and stay away.
It could save you years of undoing the damage that identity theft can cause.
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