Answer: Yes, the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF) is a real, not for profit 501(c)(3) that is in business for the sole reason to create scholarship and educational programs.
CKSF only creates and administers scholarship when donations or grant funding is secured. CKSF is not in the business of selling, trading or giving away participant contact information.
Scam? Students and parents should be skeptical, there are a lot of organizations created specifically to collect student information and then market to them. Fastweb.com no longer promotes their "scholarships." You will find the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation scholarships released through Fastweb.com. Do your homework, read privacy policies.
Here is a list of some of the organizations and programs associated with the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation:
BYG (Before You Graduate) Scholarship
- A monthly high school quiz scholarship that helps students with information they will need in the world but will likely not get in a high school classroom.
College HELP (Higher Education LIfe Preparation)
- A monthly quiz scholarship for college students. Topics cover things college students need to know about how higher education works such as financial aid, credit hours, bursar, graduation, etc. It also covers topics important to know as students approach graduation such as: interview and resume tips, income tax, student loan repayment, etc.
- Festivus is a scholarship name borrowed from the T.V. show Seinfeld. CKSF has scholarships for high school and college students but there is another entire population that participates with the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation. This group is in the category "Out of School," they are generally parents that want to participate to try and win scholarships for their kids. So Festivus is a scholarship for the rest of us, those who do not fit into either high school or college categories.
Tuition Back Scholarships
- Tuition Back Scholarships are college level scholarships that allow students to compete for scholarship money while they study. The CKSF quizzes are developed on core courses with the first quiz available just before midterms and the second just before finals. The high scorer wins their tuition back up to $1,000. Students that don't win the money, still benefit by reviewing by taking the quiz.
USA-SOS (Safe Online Surfing)
- The USA-SOS program was developed in cooperation with the Miami FBI Crimes Against Children Unit under the name FBI-SOS
. This is a free program for elementary and middle school students that helps educate them about internet safety and cyber citizenship.
- The Bullying Academy is modeled after the USA-SOS program and is for elementary and middle school students to help them learn about bullying and how to prevent and report bullying.
University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business
- The Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation has been a client of the Wharton School's Management 100 program since 2005. Each fall since 2005, CKSF has had at least one team of 10 Wharton students implement CKSF programs in the Philadelphia area.
The Miami Dolphins
- One of the first scholarships created by CKSF was based on information found on the Miami Dolphins website. It was from this scholarship we realized we had a way to get students to a source of information and study it.