Avoiding Scholarship Scams

  • The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns students to beware if the scholarship service:

    • guarantees that a student has won a scholarship
    • pledges that this scholarship information is not available anywhere else
    • requests a credit card or bank account number so that they can hold the scholarship for the student
    • promise that the service will do all the application work
    • requests payment before they give a student a scholarship
    • claims "a national foundation has selected you to receive a scholarship" or "you are a finalist" in a contest the student never entered

    For more information, visit Common Scholarship Scams