Effective Date: 12/03/2014
Information We Receive and How It Is Used
All personal information obtained by Scholarships.com about individual visitors
to our website is information supplied voluntarily by that visitor. During registration,
a user is required to provide certain categories of information, such as name, address,
email address, phone number, a password, date of birth, gender and country of citizenship.
In addition, a user may choose to provide other categories of information, such
as career objectives, health or disability information, hobbies and other interests.
Scholarships.com encourages its users to provide all of these fields of information
so that users may maximize the effectiveness of the scholarship and college search.
We ask if we may make that information available to our select list of marketing
partners, which are reputable companies and organizations that provide products
and services of interest to students and parents. Our users choose whether to opt-in
or opt-out of sharing their information with these partners.
When Scholarships.com shares your personal information with a third party as described
to the information use and sharing practices of the third party. That third party
sharing of your personal information. If you agree to receive communications from
our marketing partners and later change your mind, you may need to contact those
companies directly. Any updates you wish to make to the information they possess
must also be forwarded to the company communicating with you at that point in time.
Users may make changes to the information in their personal profile at Scholarships.com
at any time by logging-in to the website and entering the email address and password
they submitted when creating their profile. After users have logged-in, they will
be taken to their Scholarship Search Results. In the tabbed navigation at the top
of the page, users will find a link to "Profile". By clicking on that tab, users
will be taken to a summary of their information, divided into sections. An "Edit
This Section" option in the upper-right corner of each section allows users to modify
and update their information. Users can also
contact us here in order to request access to information submitted to us.
To protect the security and integrity of users’ information, we will take reasonable
steps to verify all new profile identities before providing access. It is the responsibility
of the user to make all necessary changes in their profile to ensure the information
they have provided while completing their registration or conducting a
scholarship search remains current.
Users of Scholarships.com who wish to terminate their membership, or otherwise request
that their personal information be deleted or no longer used, at Scholarships.com
may do so at any time by contacting our unsubscribe department. Please be sure to type "Remove" in
the subject field and submit the email account associated with your profile, along
with your password.
We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed
to provide you services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to
comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
Scholarships.com is committed to safeguarding users' privacy on our website. We
require our employees to protect our users and visitors by keeping their profile
information private, and expect our marketing partners to do the same. You can feel
confident that your user profile will be protected when you visit Scholarships.com.
We have security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration
of all user information under our control.
Regardless of your decision regarding the sharing of your personal information,
we reserve the right to share aggregated demographic data and related usage information
with our business partners. Such aggregate information will not contain any personal
information that can identify any individual user.
Information Sharing & Email Preferences
Scholarships.com understands the importance of protecting personally-identifiable
information. We will not share, sell, rent or otherwise transfer this information
without the user's permission, and then only in accordance with the terms set forth
(opt-out) from receiving email messages from Scholarships.com and its marketing
partners, or from having their personal information shared with our marketing partners.
Users may change their email preferences by following the unsubscribe instructions
contained in each of the email communication they receive or by clicking here. Please allow up to seven business
days for these changes to take effect.
Scholarships.com may use your contact information periodically in order to send
you email regarding updates at the Scholarships.com site, such as Scholarships.com
opportunities and additional listings which may be of interest to you. The frequency
of these messages will vary depending upon your profile, including the types of
scholarships and other activities you have indicated an interest in. If you specifically
provide Scholarships.com with permission at the time of registration, you may also
receive commercial emails. Please note that email messages from third parties are
We may also disclose your personal information as required by law, such as to comply with a subpoena, or similar legal process. When we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request
We may provide your personal information to companies that provide services to help us with our business activities such as shipping your order or offering customer service. These companies are authorized to use your personal information only as necessary to provide these services to us.
Collection of Passive Information
We use Google AdSense to publish ads on this site. When you view or click on an ad a cookie will be set to help better provide advertisements that may be of interest to you on this and other web sites. You may opt-out of the use of this cookie by visiting Google’s Advertising and Privacy page: http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html.
We may share statistical and demographic information about our website's visitors
with our marketing partners. This information is only provided in the aggregate,
meaning that the information is about our website's visitors as a group and not
about individually-identifiable visitors.
We follow generally-accepted industry standards to protect the personal information
submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. However, no method
of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is 100 percent
secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially-acceptable means to protect
your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
If you have any questions about security on our website, you can contact our privacy department.
Our Web site offers publicly accessible blogs or community forums. You should be
aware that any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected, and
used by others. To request removal of your personal information from our blog or
community forum, you may contact us by clicking here. In some cases, we may not be able to remove
your personal information, in which case we will provide you with an explanation.
Social Media Features
Our Web site includes Social Media Features, such as the Facebook Like button. These
Features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our site, and
may set a cookie to enable the Feature to function properly. Social Media Features
are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Site. Your interactions
Links to Other Websites
Scholarships.com contains text and banner links to other sites. Please be aware
that Scholarships.com does not exercise control over the information, products,
services or policies of third party companies accessible through our site. This
Collection of Information from Children
Scholarships.com abides by federal law and the guidelines set up by the Federal
Trade Commission regarding youth privacy. As such, Scholarships.com will not knowingly
collect any personally-identifiable information from children under the age of 13,
nor will children under the age of 13 be allowed to register with Scholarships.com.
Notification of Changes
If we are going to use your personally identifiable information in a manner materially
different from that stated at the time of collection, we will notify you via email prior to the change becoming effective.
You will have the option to decide whether we may use your information in this manner.
user information already stored in our database, we will post a prominent notice
on our website notifying users of the change. In cases where we post notice of changes,
we may also email users who have opted to receive communications from us, notifying
them of those changes to our privacy practices.
In the event that Scholarships.com sells, signs or transfers some or all of its
business to a successor or acquirer, Scholarships.com may sell, assign or transfer
all of your information, regardless of your opt status, to such successor or acquirer.
We post user testimonials on our website, all of which are volunteered and none
of which contain individually-identifiable information beyond that user's first
name, last initial, and photograph. Each user is made aware of the purpose of their
supplied testimonial and the fact that it will be published at Scholarships.com.
Users are under no obligation to participate, and we obtain the user's consent prior
to posting this information. If you wish to request the removal of your testimonial
you can contact us by clicking
Participation in the TRUSTe Privacy Program
Scholarships.com, LLC has been awarded TRUSTe's Privacy Seal signifying that this
accountability and choice regarding the collection and use of your personal information.
The TRUSTe program does not cover information that may be collected through downloadable
software. The TRUSTe program covers only information that is collected through this website, www.scholarships.com. TRUSTe's mission, as an independent third party, is to accelerate online
trust among consumers and organizations globally through its leading privacy trustmark
and innovative trust solutions. If you have questions or complaints regarding our
you can contact TRUSTe here.
Scholarships.com has adopted privacy principles that state our commitment and define
our policy on safeguarding visitor and user privacy when we conduct our business.
or your dealings with Scholarships.com should be directed to Scholarships.com's
Alternatively, you may contact us at:
Privacy at Scholarships.com
430 Park Avenue, Suite 3A
Highland Park, IL 60035