Know the difference between a real scholarship and a scam

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The next school year is swiftly approaching, which means it is about to be scholarship application season for many students.

Thousands of scholarships are available, just waiting for students to snatch them up; unfortunately, there are just as many fake ones. However, school staff is there to help as students dive into their search for scholarships.

“We want our student to do well to succeed as much as possible but we’re here to offer guidance and support as they do that,” Michael Doerrer, director of communication for Maryland’s Frederick County Public School (FCPS) system.

If you find a scholarship you’re interested in, make sure to do your research first.

“When you’re looking for potential scholarships, look for reputable organizations that have mailing addresses and websites and information that you can read,” Doerrer said.

FCPS said the golden rule still applies. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

“Beware of unsolicited scholarship offers. If someone writes you and says we have money for you, and you don’t know who they are, you didn’t ask for it. I would be suspicious,” Doerrer said. “If they offer you free money and if they ask you for any money. You shouldn’t have to pay for any scholarship.”

If you feel like you’ve fallen victim or have any doubts about a scholarship, speak to a trusted adult.

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