The internet is a very large community of different users with varying interest and mission. In your search for scholarships, you may come across some scholarship scams posting and claiming to be genuine scholarship providers. Desperate and uninformed students often fall prey to scholarship scams. Identifying these various scholarship scams will definitely save you allot of time and money. In the next few paragraphs, we are going to be looking at the various ways to identify a scholarship scam.
1. FEES: A genuine scholarship program/provider will never ask its applicants for upfront fees before they can apply for its scholarship. Any scholarship program/provider which demands a scholarship application fees is likely to be a scam. So, beware. The only scholarship program/provider which i have seen demanding for an application fee and which has proven to be genuine is the PTDF Scholarship program. My advice is for you to find out more about any scholarship program/provider demanding for an upfront fee while applying for its scholarship.
2. REQUIRE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION: A true scholarship provider will never ask for your confidential details. They know that these information are private and it should be left that way. If a scholarship provider asks for your bank account details, credit card information, email password, and other private information, you should be bold enough to respond with a convincing 'No'. By giving out such information, you are then prone to a scam.
3. PROMISING SCHOLARSHIP: Any scholarship program/provider promising you a scholarship is definitely trying to scam you. Every genuine scholarship program/provider has scholarship committees and judges whose job is to select winners for the scholarship who meet every necessary requirements and other criteria. If any one promise you a scholarship, that person or scholarship program/provider is just trying to scam you.
4. NO CONTACT DETAILS: Every true scholarship program/provider most provide you with their complete contact details including mailing address, phone number and valid email address. These details are provided to support the applicants with some pressing questions they might want to ask about the scholarship program or application. If the scholarship program/provider does not have any contact details, then you should think twice before you go further with that scholarship program/provider. You may also wish to Google about the scholarship provider to see if you can get the contact details of the scholarship program/provider.
5. UNSOLICITED SCHOLARSHIPS: These are scholarship winning notifications you receive telling you that you have won a scholarship award which you know very well you never applied for. This normally comes as an email. So, you have to be very careful in exposing your email address on the internet. When you receive such emails about a scholarship award you never applied for, please do away with that notification because it's definitely a scam.
6. NO PASS RECORD: Any scholarship program/provider with no pass record on the internet is likely to be a scam. There are few or no new scholarship programs/providers these days. So, look for the pass records of the scholarship program you want to apply for before you go further with the scholarship application. Google will be a better place to start this research.
Scholarship scams often comes as a result of lack of information and acting in desperation on the victims part. The best and only way to be free from scholarship scams is to be aware of these tips which will help you to easily identify any scholarship scam program/provider.