Scholarship Applications

Scholarship Applications For College Students And High School Seniors: Beware of Scams

It is the time of the year where students go back to school or start a new chapter in their life, education-wise. Maybe you are one of them or maybe you have a child that is. Unfortunately, as the tuition fees have increased over the last few years, scammers found ways to victimize the hard-working individuals hoping to receive a well-deserved financial aid. Whether you are looking for scholarship applications for college students, high school seniors, military scholarships or simply for community service scholarships, you could easily become a victim of these fraudulent practices. Let’s start with the most common one. How does it work?

Watch the video below to see the Scholarship Applications Scam exposed:

Scholarship Applications Scam Video

Let’s say you are considering applying for a scholarship that seems very interesting. If the organization, company, or person who is promoting the scholarship approaches you with any of the following 6 promises, it’s certainly a scam:

1. “You won’t get this info anywhere else”.

No, all scholarships are public knowledge.

2. “There is a small application fee”.

No fee is ever paid in applying for a scholarship.

3. “If you don’t get the scholarship, money back guaranteed”

No. Firstly there is no fee, and secondly, you will never see your money again.

scholarship applications scams


4. “Our agency will apply on your behalf”

The only person who can apply for a scholarship is the potential recipient.

5.”You will be a guaranteed winner”

No, there is no such thing as a guaranteed scholarship winner.

6. “We need your credit card or bank account number, for security purposes”

No, security does not enter into the award of a scholarship.

How To Avoid Scholarship Applications For High School Seniors or College Students

As tempting as the prize sounds, never pay anything up front for a scholarship, even if they say “Hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships go unused every year”. This is just a scam.

Look for legitimate sources/websites for scholarships and grants such as FastWeb or visit your government’s official website in regards to financial aid, depending on your country. Here are the official pages for the US, UK, Canada and Australia:

Scholarship/Grants – Financial Aid in US

Financial Aid in Canada

Financial Aid in UK

Financial Aid in Australia

Also, don’t fall for the fake universities and colleges popping around online these days.


How To Report Scholarship Applications For High School Seniors or College Students

Make your family and friends aware of the scholarship scams by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report Scammers To The FTC Here


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4 thoughts on “Scholarship Applications”

  1. Francis Zine

    Northgrove University is 100% accredited and globally recognized online university, scams are in every industry, if you have become victim of it, don’t label the university to be a spammer one, rather some one else has misused its name.

  2. I received a call from north grove university administrator David White and he want to register for an online study for working adult. The registration costs $199 and the other fee cost $301. If you pass the assesstment interview you will be asked for your credintials from your previous school and it will be verified, once authenticity of your credentials is cleared, you will be awarded a certificate on the course that related to your job. In short, your educational attainment will be upgraded. Is this a scam? Please I need your feedback because I am interested to study online because I am a working adult whom don’t have time to study in a normal time. Glad to hear you, thank you so much.

  3. this is totally fraud.this is fake.i have become victim of these not reply to these idiots.i have their aware of these scam callers.

  4. this number called saying they have a scholarship(18669884746),for the north grove university (north grove and requwsting some registration fee. is it a scam?

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