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March 6, 2011 / Brent Sears

Scholarship Scams

$25,000 Scholarship with NO ESSAY

I applied for one of these when I was a students and wound up getting a ton of SPAM emails.  When I filled out the online form I figured it was a scam but I gave it a shot.  With what I know now, no one gives away a $25,000 award unless they have serious money backing them.  And if they do, then they will also have a website that looks professional with a lot of contact information.

These huge, no work prizes are simply people who set up a website and put out an unbelievably easy deal to get your contact information.  There is never any award, and they simply sell the list of names they gather from the people who signed up.  It is not worth putting your personal information out there and getting all the junk.

A simple rule is that if you can’t trace a scholarship to a reputable source, no matter how much or how little it is for, don’t bother with it.  These offers are designed for lazy students who want to get something for nothing.  What they end up getting is a lot of crap for nothing.

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