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Scholarship Contests: Easy Money or Scam?

A little while back Jay received a press release for a contest from a group called Upromise that offered a chance for students to win a $10,000 scholarship by submitting a 30-second web video. It turns out these scholarship contests are prevelant on the web. In Admissions 101, Jay asked readers to weigh in on whether these contests were easy money or simply a scam.

Aflagel1 has a blunt take:

The contest idea sounds fascinating - if only most of the contests weren't thinly veiled efforts to expand marketing databases. Are the odds of winning Upromise or any of the others any better than a lottery? I wouldn't go skipping the FAFSA in hopes of winning...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 26, 2009; 12:57 PM ET
Categories:  Admissions 101  | Tags:  college, scholarships  
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