USA Scholarhip Services / SCAM!!!!
I got a letter in the mail from USA Scholariship Services, Scholarship Program for Biology Students 1629 K Street, NW Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006. [protected] Fax [protected]. I recieved the letter on November 25, 2008. It reads:
You have been selected by the USA Scholarship Services to receive this offer to apply for 2008/ 2009 Biology scholarship program. These scholarships are designed for students majoring in Biology at any college or university.
Applicants for the 2008/ 2009 academic year may receive up to $7500 from the scholarship programs in our files. The amount of award will depend on the awarding agency. By completing the enclosed application, USA Scholarship Services will match your application with the scholarship program that best corresponds to your educational needs. You must contact the awarding agency and provide any additional information that may be requested.
Every year, USA provides assistance to about 250 Biology students. In 2008, about 300 students are expected to benefit from the scholarship programs. We are proud of our commitment to the promotion of Biology studies in America. As a 2008/ 2009 recipient, you must complete the enclosed application and return it to our office on or before the date indicated (which was December 19, 2008).
There is a $27.00 processing fee on all 2008/ 2009 applications. This fee is necessary to cover the cost of processing the applications we expect to recieve. However, students who fail to qualify for at least $1000 in scholarships may be entitled to a full refund of their application fee.
So complete the application, enclose a check or money order for $27.00 and mail it in the enclosed envelope on or before the date indicated. We wish you the best of luck in your Biology career.
Director of Scholarship Services
I sent them a money order and the paper that was also in the envelope a couple weeks ago. I have not recieved any information from them since then. I started to get suspicious and went online to look up the company to see if there was a way to track the information, and there is no webiste. I came across information that this company is a scam and also have "scholarship programs" for engineering and nursing. Other people had recieved photocopied scholarship applications that were expired. I have not recieved any information. I called the provided number on the letter [protected]) and spoke to a woman. I told her that I had sent in money and my information a couple weeks ago and that I had tried to look their company up on the internet and that the only information about the company said that it was a scam. When I asked her if the business was a scam she said that I would have to leave a message and be called back tomorrow because their business office was closed. So I asked her again if their company was a scam and she said that it was a legitimate company. I then asked her for a web address and she gave me a web address that does not exist. The address she gave me was www.scholarships.us. When I tried to go to this address it came up as scholarships.com, but not a website for the business. This company is a SCAM!