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Given that they are used in a constructive manner, how much does having social media (such as Facebook, Instagram, etc...) improve your chances of receiving scholarships?

I have been applying for the scholarships that students qualify for in their junior year of high school, and many of them ask you to post statements to your social media to improve your chances of receiving the scholarship. I do not have social media accounts and was wondering if making these accounts for the purpose mentioned above improve my chances or are they looking for active usage of these accounts? #college #students #scholarship #graduates #committees #enrollment #officials

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Ariel M.’s Answer

Hi Martina, I would be careful about these types of scholarships. There's nothing wrong with using social media in a constructive way, but the way you are describing this looks like more of a contest than a true scholarship. In general, a scholarship requires you to have some achievement or qualification to apply or to be considered. For example, if you are an athlete, have a high GPA and/or answer essay questions. If you are being asked to post things to social media to improve your chances of winning, then what you are describing is a social media contest. I know this is something you probably don't want to think about, but the money you receive from a scholarship vs. a social media contest are treated differently when you or your parents file taxes.

Whatever contest or scholarship you enter or apply to, make sure you read all the rules. I found this site that lists some interesting opportunities for students: https://www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships/articles/scholarships-for-average-students
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