ScholarshipOwl FAQ

Our mission at ScholarshipOwl is to help students afford college by making scholarships easier to obtain and more accessible. That's why we created our own scholarship, The You Deserve It Scholarship. This scholarship is one of hundreds in our database that students may be eligible for. You can read more about the scholarship and hear from its winners here. On the same page, you can also register for ScholarshipOwl's service for a chance at winning The You Deserve It Scholarship.

In order to be eligible for the You Deserve It Scholarship, you must:

  1. Be a resident of any of the 50 United States, District of Columbia or US Territories, *(Rhode Island is excluded)

  2. Be 16 years of age or older

  3. Either be enrolled now, or be enrolled within three months of registration in the Scholarship Sweepstakes, in a qualified high school, college or university within the United States.

A winner is chosen at random once a month.

ScholarshipOwl can help get you applied to multiple scholarships easily and at once with ONE application.

ANY individual looking for scholarship opportunities towards their college or professional education in the US.

ScholarshipOwl will only ask for information that is needed for students to apply for scholarships. We use the information provided to check eligibility for potential scholarships and then apply to multiple scholarships on your behalf. We will ask you for the same information that the scholarship fund is asking for.

ScholarshipOwl will provide you with a message box on its website. All emails will be displayed there and no unwanted emails will ever hit your private inbox.

I would like to unsubscribe from all the emails I get from ScholarshipOwl, but I do not want to miss out on important information.

Your winning chance depends on you and how well you have represented yourself either through your essay, grades, or other factors. However, ScholarshipOwl increases your chance in a way that students can apply to many scholarships in a shorter period of time. We help students find many scholarships that they are eligible for, and get you applied to a greater number of scholarships.

Yes. Not only is ScholarshipOwl "legit", but it's also a useful service that can save you both time and money. All you have to do is fill out one application form, add necessary details if required by individual scholarship providers, and ScholarshipOwl will apply you to a multitude of scholarships. It's likely that you were unaware that many of these scholarships even existed - yet alone that you qualify for them! We currently have hundreds of scholarships in our database and are constantly adding more. To date, we have applied more than a hundred thousand students and sent out over half a million scholarship applications. Feel free to read what others have written about us here.

Many scholarship applications will require you to already be accepted to a college or university, but there are some applications that do not even require that much out of their applicants. If you missed the deadline for some scholarships that you wanted to apply for, start looking for new ones. In other words, the time to start is - NOW!

The more scholarships you apply to, the greater the chance of winning a scholarship. Also, proofread your work and submit applications before the deadline. The more information you give us, the more potential scholarships we can find.

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ScholarshipOwl will let you choose from all the scholarships in our database that you are eligible for, based on the information you provide us when you register. All the questions in the application serve as the eligibility criteria and match students to scholarships that they can apply to. Information such as GPA, current class level and choice of major are examples of some of the criteria we use.

International students can apply as long as they are legally studying in the U.S. or Canada.

For sure! Although some scholarships require that students are of certain age or have certain qualifications, non­traditional students can still apply to numerous scholarships at ScholarshipOwl.

You can close your account by contacting with the subject “Close my account”.

We will provide you with a list of scholarships that you are eligible for. All you need to do is to select the scholarships you like and we will apply for you. It is important that you fill out your application fully so you get matched up with as many scholarships as possible.

Yes. Most scholarship providers contact winners by phone or by e­mail. If chosen as a winner, students must provide valid information if they wish to be contacted. Providing false information can disqualify you from scholarships.

Each scholarship has its own eligibility requirements and ScholarshipOwl will help match students to scholarships that they are eligible for. Criteria such as age, GPA, location, subjects of interest and ethnicity are common in finding scholarships suited for you.

There may be additional information needed based on the number of scholarships and their requirements. Additional work such as essays might take more time.

Please keep the deadlines in mind so that you don’t lose your chance at scholarships you are eligible for. ScholarshipOwl is here to help students avoid filling out the same information over and over again. It is a faster process that helps get students applied to many scholarships in less time. Also, some scholarships have the same essay question and students can avoid writing the same essay twice.

Yes, there should be eligible scholarships for you that do not require an essay. One simple application can get you applied to all the scholarships that do not require an essay.

Most grants are needs-based, which means they are given out to students who have financial need due to their household income.

Student loans are debts that must be paid back to the government or the loan provider after you have finished college. You may defer your student loan payments for up to six months after leaving school, but then you will have to make some sort of monthly payment until the balance is paid in full. It is better to get scholarships and grants, if at all possible, so you can avoid heavy debt after college.

Students must unmark scholarships that they do not wish to apply to. By unmarking the scholarships that you have applied to before, students protect themselves from submitting multiple entries and from being disqualified.

You can check the status of the applications you’ve already submitted by signing in and clicking on My Applications. Here, you can also see if you applied to all the scholarships you’re eligible for.

Application confirmation depends on the scholarship provider. Some providers will send an email confirmation while others do not. We recommend that you keep an eye on your ScholarshipOwl mailbox so you do not miss out if a provider replies to you.

Winner announcements depend on the scholarship provider - On average, it takes 2 weeks to a month after the deadline, but some scholarships may even take up to 6 months. To get more information on individual scholarship terms, simply go to your scholarship dashboard > read "About the Scholarship" and follow the link to the provider's website.

If you are chosen as a winner, a scholarship provider will either notify you in your ScholarshipOwl mailbox OR they might contact you by phone or your personal email. We recommend you check your ScholarshipOwl mailbox once a week and that you answer your phone to unknown numbers. Do not miss a chance to accept an award simply because you did not notice their attempts to contact you.

Some scholarship providers send funds to your school’s Financial Aid office while others send it directly to you. They will ask you to provide the appropriate payout information.

It is highly recommended that students change their personal information when necessary. Go to My Account to make updates on your personal information.

Every scholarship has its own deadline. Some are monthly, some are only open for a certain time period, and there are those scholarships with deadlines next year. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the scholarship deadline has expired or that you haven’t won a scholarship. If you haven’t received your winning call or email, there are still new scholarship opportunities constantly available. You can always apply to new scholarships in hope for greater chances at winning.

Login to with the details provided in our welcome mail. The My Account section will guide you through what is needed to complete the application process.

ScholarshipOwl provides a helpful service for students looking to save time on scholarship applications. Our full range of services is offered on a premium level and the price is based on the range of services and total scholarships you wish to access. We do offer introductory services free of charge.

In addition to using ScholarshipOwl to find and apply for scholarships, you should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  You will need to complete this application once a year to see if you are eligible for any federal grants or student loans. Some scholarship committees and universities require a FAFSA on file before issuing award money to a student. The application takes about 15-40 minutes the first time around, but it should be much faster in the years to follow.

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There is no limit to the amount of money you can earn in college scholarships. However, your school may put a cap on the number of awards you can receive based on the estimated cost of attendance. This is the amount of money that the school has approximated to compensate for your tuition, fees, books, and living expenses. The cost of attendance varies greatly from one school to another, and your school's estimated costs may not reflect your actual expenses. You may speak with your college's financial aid department to learn more about the cost of attendance for your school and potential caps on your awards.

The cost of your college degree will depend on several factors, such as the type of school you go to (public vs. private), the type of degree you earn (graduate vs. undergraduate), the status of your attendance (full time vs. part time), the type of student you are (in-state vs. out-of-state vs. online), and the cost of living in your area. For example, the average cost of tuition, fees, room, and board for an in-state college student at a four-year public university is $18,943, according to The College Board. This does not account for books and other school supplies you may need.

You can check with your school's financial aid department to learn about the estimated cost of attendance at your school. Some schools have calculators on their websites that estimate costs based on the types of classes you will be taking and where you plan to be living (dorms, family, apartment, etc.). Find out how much you will need to pay for college so you can get the right number of scholarships to cover your costs.

While many scholarship committees reward applicants with good grades, some don't even ask for your GPA on your application. That is because the award is more focused on your essays, skills, goals, and overall success, not just how your grades look on paper. If you don't do well with tests or homework, there’s still hope of getting financial aid for college. All you need to do is apply for the awards you qualify for and see how it goes.

Unfortunately, any student loans you already have are considered personal debts, and they have to be paid back when you get out of deferment. With that in mind, you can use scholarships to pay for college in the future so you do not have to take out even more loans.

Others may require you to work at technology centers, vocational schools, or junior colleges. You will have to research specific information about your approved scholarships to see what will happen with your aid during the transfer.

If you drop out of college, you will not receive any money that has been awarded to you for that semester. If you re-apply and get accepted, you may be able to get the approved funds for the next semester, depending on the rules of the scholarship. Note that there is a big difference between dropping out of school and taking a break. You can remove yourself from classes for a semester without withdrawing from the college entirely. If there is a chance you will return to school in the next few months or even the next year, do not withdraw from school altogether. This will preserve your admission into the school and maintain your active financial aid.

The college may only allow you keep the awards in the amount of the costs of your attendance.

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