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What is the $300,000 Earnest Scholarship Fund? | General Questions

The Earnest scholarship is our way of helping individuals achieve their goals through the pursuit of higher education. In 2022, we will be awarding $300,000 in scholarships to 60 students. The scholarship is open to the general public, and applicants do not need to be current Earnest clients to be considered.  

Who is eligible to receive the scholarship?

The scholarships will be awarded to individuals who are currently enrolled, or will soon be enrolled, as full-time students at a Title IV accredited, not-for-profit U.S. college or university for the Spring 2022 semester. To review if your school is Title IV accredited, you can check this list here. If your school does not appear on this list, or you are unsure whether your school fits these criteria, you'll want to reach out to your school directly for confirmation. 

Students applying should be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (including DACA students). There are no academic or residency requirements, and a student’s GPA will not be considered in the review of their application. Unfortunately, at this time, we are not accepting international student applications.

For additional eligibility information, please visit our scholarship terms and conditions page.

How do I apply?

Applications can be submitted through our scholarship page found here. You will not be asked to provide any sensitive information, and there is no fee to apply or to claim the award. The application does require an email address (so we can communicate with you).

When will I know if I was selected?

All scholarships will be awarded and funded before the start of the Summer 2022 semester. Earnest will send the funds via check directly to your college or university if your application is selected. Here are some important dates to keep in mind:

  • November 15, 2021 - The scholarship application will be available.
  • January 31, 2022 - The final submission deadline. Please note, applications submitted after this date will not be considered.
  • March 30, 2022 - Winners will be notified of their application status via email.
  • April or May 2022 - The schools receive the $5,000 scholarship award.

The scholarship is available every year and is non-renewable. If your application is not selected this year, we encourage you to apply again for the 2022-2023 school year. 

How can I confirm if my application was received?

Once your application has been submitted, you will be taken to a confirmation screen verifying that your application was received. If you were not taken to this screen and are unsure if your submission was received, feel free to reach out to our team directly by emailing This email can also be used if you have any additional questions about the program or if you need to make any updates to your submission.

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