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By Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Find scholarships, preview essays with targeted search tool.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android Paid, Free Education
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What you will—and won't—find in this app.

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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

no response

I answered and checked all questions. Then waited for the computer to match my answers to a variety of scholarships, but it never did producer any. I tried for several hours in different locations, just to be sure it was not my computer that was malfunctioning. It became frustrating, so I just stopped trying and decided to reach out. In- hopes that someone will respond :) :)

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  • Personal information is not sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Unclear whether this product displays personalised advertising.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • User's information is used to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Data profiles are created and used for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

It’s terrific to have an extensive, organized, and actively updated list of scholarships that's this accessible and personalized, but there are limitations. In terms of strengths, some excellent insights are built into the app's interface; for example, when kids select the types of scholarships they plan to target, a pop-up states that everyone who applies for need-based financial aid also should apply for merit-based aid. This is a key point that isn't obvious to most students, and it's something some kids might otherwise never hear. On the downside, some popular majors aren't included, such as English and sociology. Also, another sharing or export feature -- beyond a spreadsheet -- would expand a kid's options, especially if it includes deadlines. In terms of the essays, some aren't very well written and some have a religious slant (the words "crusade of Christian service" are used), which diminishes their usefulness for a wide audience. General essay-writing pointers might be more helpful than sample essays.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : writing, writing clearly
  • Skills: Self-Direction : academic development, achieving goals, goal-setting, personal growth
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free (Paid accounts are $2.99)
  • Release date: October 12, 2016
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Scholly LLC
  • Version: 1.15.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later
  • Last updated: April 16, 2019

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