Official Rules

COLLEGE BOARD OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS AND RECOGNITION PROGRAM CLASS OF 2020

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Void where prohibited by law and outside the fifty (50) United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, and any other U.S. territories and possessions. This Program is subject to all federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances.

The College Board Opportunity Scholarships and Recognition Program (“Scholarship Program” or “Program”) begins on December 5, 2018 at 12:00:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) and ends on February 29, 2020, at 11:59:59 p.m. EST for the Class of 2020. Sponsor’s computer is the official timekeeping device for this Scholarship Program.

By participating, each participant (and, if a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian) agrees to abide by these Official Rules and decisions of the College Board (“Sponsor”), which shall be final and binding in all respects relating to the Scholarship Program.

1. SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM OVERVIEW.

The Scholarship Program was created to celebrate and reward the effort students put into getting ready for college. The Scholarship Program seeks to clarify the complex college planning process and motivate and reward students to prepare for college with scholarships based on their efforts and action.

The Scholarship Program is open to students in high school, beginning in their junior year, who meet all eligibility requirements stated below, and encourages them to complete six key college planning steps during their junior and senior years of high school.

There are a total of seven scholarships to be awarded. By completing each step, students become eligible for the scholarship associated with that step. Students who complete all six steps are also eligible for the seventh Complete Your Journey scholarship. The seven scholarships, named after the required steps, are listed below:

  1. Build Your College List: Get started by exploring colleges of interest and build and save a college list on BigFuture™ (bigfuture.collegeboard.org) with at least six (6) schools. You must be logged in to BigFuture™ using your College Board account.
  2. Practice for the SAT: Log in and practice for the SAT using Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® (www.satpractice.org) for at least six (6) hours. Your College Board and Khan Academy accounts must be linked.
  3. Improve Your Score: Improve your score on the SAT by 100 points or more after practicing on Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® (www.satpractice.org) for at least twelve (12) hours. Score improvement of 100 points or more can be from the PSAT/NMSQT to an official SAT administration, or from one official SAT administration to another official SAT administration. You must have a minimum 100 point score improvement and practice 12 or more hours to qualify for this scholarship. Your College Board and Khan Academy® accounts must be linked, and you must be logged in while practicing.
  4. Strengthen Your College List: Create or edit a college list on BigFuture™ (bigfuture.collegeboard.org) so that it has a minimum of one (1) “safety,” two (2) “fit,” and three (3) “reach” colleges. You must be logged in to BigFuture™ using your College Board account and you must save your college list.
  5. Complete the FAFSA: With your parent or legal guardian, fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, available at www.studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa, to apply for financial aid. You will be required to provide your FAFSA confirmation number and Data Release Number (DRN) to verify that you submitted the FAFSA if you are selected for one of these scholarships. For students who do not have Social Security numbers and are thus unable to complete the FAFSA, to earn an entry, they must attest to such fact by following the instructions within the Site.
  6. Apply to Colleges: Apply to at least two (2) colleges. You will be required to provide proof of your college applications if you are selected for one of these scholarships.
  7. Complete Your Journey: Complete all six (6) of the activities required to qualify for Scholarships 1-6, above.

2. ELIGIBILITY.

The Scholarship Program is open to students (“Eligible Students” or “Students”) who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Attend a public, private, or home school, located in one of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, or any other U.S. territories and possessions;
  2. Are, as of December 5, 2018, juniors in high school, i.e., students in their third year of secondary school; and
  3. Have a College Board online account.

Children or wards of employees, officers and trustees of Sponsor, Khan Academy® and their affiliates, agents, representatives, Program’s advertising and promotion agencies, if any, as well as the children or wards of their household members, whether or not related, are not eligible to receive Scholarships as part of this Scholarship Program.

Lower Income Students,” defined as students (a) eligible to receive a fee waiver from the College Board, and/or (b) attending school in a high-poverty school district (defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a school district where 75% or more of students receive free or reduced price lunch), and/or (c) having a family Adjusted Gross Income of $60,000 or less, will have a chance to enter separate and additional drawings, as described below. For students for whom (c) applies, they will be required to provide verification of their family Adjusted Gross Income using our secure document system if they are selected for one of the separate and additional scholarships.

3. HOW TO ENTER.

Step 1: Students who wish to enter should create a College Board account, or link an existing College Board account (“Student Account” or “Account”), at the cb.org/opportunity website (the “Website” or the “Site”).

Step 2: To be entered in drawings as described below, Students may complete one or more of the following activities:

  1. Build Your College List: Build a college list on BigFuture™ (bigfuture.collegeboard.org) with at least six (6) schools between December 5, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Eligibility for monthly drawings will close at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on the last day of each month from January 31, 2019 to June 30, 2019. Students will first earn one (1) entry for creating and saving the college list with six (6) schools on it; then, students can earn up to one (1) entry per subsequent month (for updating the college list), provided that it continues to have at least six schools on it. Limit: One (1) entry per student per monthly drawing.
  2. Practice for the SAT: Practice for the SAT using Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® (www.satpractice.org) for at least six hours between December 5, 2018 and October 31, 2019. Eligibility for monthly drawings will close at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on the last day of each month from January 31, 2019 to October 31, 2019. Students earn one (1) entry in the month when they complete their sixth (6th) hour of practice and may earn one (1) additional entry for every additional hour of practice over 6 hours, up to 20 hours total, for a maximum of fifteen (15) entries. Limit: Fifteen (15) entries per student.
  3. Improve Your Score: Improve your score on the SAT by 100 points after practicing on Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® (www.satpractice.org) for at least twelve (12) hours. Score improvement of 100 points or more can be from the official PSAT/NMSQT to an official SAT administration, or from one official SAT administration to another official SAT administration. You must have a minimum 100 point score improvement and practice 12 or more hours to qualify for this scholarship. Altogether there will be six drawings for this scholarship. Eligibility for this scholarship will close: (1) at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on April 30, 2019 for the May 1, 2019 drawing; (2) at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on May 31, 2019 for the June 1, 2019 drawing; (3) at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on July 31, 2019 for the August 1, 2019 drawing; (4) at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on September 30, 2019 for the October 1, 2019 drawing; (5) at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on November 30, 2019 for the December 1, 2019 drawing; and (6) at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on December 31, 2019 for the January 1, 2020 drawing. Unselected entries in a drawing period will roll over to the next drawing period without needing to re-qualify for Scholarship 3. Limit: One (1) entry per student per drawing.
  4. Strengthen Your College List: Create or edit a college list on BigFuture™ (bigfuture.collegeboard.org) so that it has a minimum of one (1) “safety,” two (2) “fit,” and three (3) “reach” colleges between July 1, 2019 and October 31, 2019. You must save your college list. Eligibility for monthly drawings will close at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on the last day of each month from July 31, 2019 to October 31, 2019. Students will first earn one (1) entry for creating and saving the college list with the minimum “safety,” “fit,” and “reach” colleges specified above, and then can earn up to one (1) entry per subsequent month for updating the college list if it continues to meet these minimums. Limit: One (1) entry per student per monthly drawing.
  5. Complete the FAFSA: With the assistance of a parent or legal guardian, as necessary, complete and submit the FAFSA between October 1, 2019 and February 29, 2020. Students will earn one (1) entry in the month that they submit the FAFSA. Eligibility for monthly drawings will close at 11:59:59 PM EST on the last day of each month from October 31, 2019 – February 29, 2020. For students who do not have Social Security numbers and are thus unable to complete the FAFSA, to earn an entry, they must attest to such fact by following the instructions within the Site. Limit: One (1) entry per student total.
  6. Apply to Colleges: Apply to at least two (2) colleges between October 1, 2019 and February 29, 2020. Eligibility for this scholarship drawing will close at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on February 29, 2020. Student earns one (1) entry in the month that they submit the second of their two (2) college applications. Students may earn one (1) additional entry for every additional application to college, up to a maximum of six (6) total applications for a total of five (5) entries. Limit: five (5) entries per student.
  7. Complete Your Journey: Complete all six of the scholarship activities listed above by 11:59:59 p.m. EST on February 29, 2020, to be entered to win the “Complete Your Journey” Scholarship. Only one entry must be earned from each of the six (6) scholarships to be eligible for Scholarship 7. In other words, students need not take additional steps to earn additional entries beyond the first entry earned in Scholarships 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 in order to be eligible for Scholarship 7. Limit one (1) entry per student.

To enter without visiting the cb.org/opportunity website and completing one or more of the activities listed above, Eligible Students may call the (844) 298-3554 toll-free number to request an alternate entry form. The form will be mailed upon request to the Eligible Student and should be mailed back to the College Board, Attn: CB Opportunity Scholarships, 2200 NW 72ND AVE, MIAMI, FL 33152-9418, with the requested information including: full name, mailing address, email address, birthdate, College Board account username, and the scholarship type and drawing month when mail-in entry should be applied. Limit one (1) entry per stamped outer envelope. P.O. Boxes are not permitted. Also, an individual is limited to one (1) entry per Scholarship (excluding the overall “Complete Your Journey” Scholarship which students may not enter via mail-in entry). Entries received from any person in excess of these limitations shall be void. Automated or bulk entries or entries submitted by third parties may be disqualified. Entries must be submitted by the Eligible Student.

Any attempt by any participant to obtain more than the stated number of entries by using multiple and/or different identities, forms, registrations, email addresses, logins, or any other methods will disqualify that participant’s entries, and that participant may be disqualified from the Program.

4. PRIZES.

  1. Build Your College List Winners: $500 scholarship per winner. Fifty (50) winners per month from January 2019 to June 2019. Additional fifty (50) winners per month from January 2019 to June 2019 will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students.
  2. Practice for the SAT Winners: $1,000 scholarship per winner. Seventy-five (75) winners per month from January 2019 to October 2019. Additional seventy-five (75) winners per month from January 2019 to October 2019 will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students.
  3. Improve Your Score Winners: $2,000 scholarship per winner. Twelve (12) winners per month for April, May, July, September, November, and December 2019. Additional thirteen (13) winners per month for April, May, July, September, November, and December 2019 will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students.
  4. Strengthen Your College List Winners: $500 scholarship per winner. Fifty (50) winners per month from July 2019 to October 2019. Additional fifty (50) winners per month from July 2019 to October 2019 will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students.
  5. Complete the FAFSA Winners: $1,000 scholarship per winner. One hundred (100) winners per month from October 2019 to December 2019. Additional one hundred (100) winners per month from October 2019 to December 2019 will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students. Fifty (50) winners per month from January 2020 to February 2020. Additional fifty (50) winners per month from January 2020 to February 2020 will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students.
  6. Apply to Colleges Winners: $1,000 scholarship per winner. Two hundred and fifty (250) winners will be selected in February 2020. Additional two hundred and fifty (250) winners will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students in February 2020.
  7. Complete Your Journey Winners: $40,000 scholarship per winner. Twelve (12) winners will be selected in February 2020. Additional thirteen (13) winners will be selected in February 2020 among entrants who are Lower Income Students.

5. SELECTION OF WINNERS.

Within 5 business days of the end of the qualifying month, Sponsor will select the name of potential winners of prizes in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received. The odds of winning are based on the number of eligible entries received.

6. NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS.

The potential winners will be notified by email within 5 business days of the drawing. Except where legally prohibited, within 60 calendar days of the notification, each potential winner must, if applicable, verify their entry by submitting proof to the College Board for each entry as follows:

  1. Build Your College List Winners: No verification necessary.
  2. Practice for the SAT Winners: No verification necessary.
  3. Improve Your Score Winners: No verification necessary.
  4. Strengthen Your College List Winners: No verification necessary.
  5. Complete the FAFSA Winners: A photo or printout of the FAFSA confirmation email.
  6. Apply to Colleges: A photo or printout of the confirmation page of all the college applications the potential winner submitted.
  7. Complete Your Journey: A photo or printout of the FAFSA confirmation email and a photo or printout of the confirmation page of all the college applications the potential winner submitted.

Additionally, potential winners who are Lower Income Students may be asked to provide one of the following proof of their financial status:

  • A letter from their school counselor; or
  • A photo or letter showing their free/reduced lunch status; or
  • A photo or other copy of a student aid report confirming income; or
  • A photo or other copy of a parent’s or legal guardian’s filed federal tax form.

In addition, potential winners must digitally sign an affidavit of eligibility and any other applicable waivers (“Required Documentation”) to claim their prize. Winners will also be asked to digitally sign a publicity release. If any such student is a minor, they will need to have their parent sign Required Documentation to claim their prize.

If a potential winner cannot be contacted in person as provided herein after the first attempt to contact them, if they fail to sign and return any Required Documentation within the required time period, or if a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, the potential winner forfeits the prize.

7. DISBURSEMENT.

Students selected to receive scholarship funds (“Winners”) must indicate a Title IV eligible institution (“Institution”) for disbursement by Sponsor. Winner must indicate the Institution to Sponsor at least 60 calendar days before the beginning of their first semester at the Institution as indicated by Institution. Sponsor will never disburse scholarship funds or monies directly to Winner; it will disburse scholarship funds only to Institutions. In cases where, prior to full disbursement, a Winner (i) changes or transfers to a new Institution, (ii) defers enrollment, or (iii) ceases attending the Institution for any reason, the Winner shall promptly notify Sponsor of such change in their enrollment at the Institution, which shall be no later than five (5) business days after such change has been notified to the applicable Institution. Upon receipt of notification, in case of (i), Sponsor shall disburse any remaining scholarship funds to the new Institution provided it is a Title IV eligible institution; and in case of (ii) and (iii), Winner shall have 12 months to notify Sponsor (together with a reasonable proof) of their enrollment at a new Institution or the Winner will forfeit the remainder of the scholarship.

8. VERIFICATION OF POTENTIAL WINNERS.

ALL POTENTIAL WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY SPONSOR, WHOSE DECISIONS ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL MATTERS RELATED TO THE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. A PARTICIPANT IS NOT A WINNER OF ANY SCHOLARSHIP UNLESS AND UNTIL PARTICIPANT’S ELIGIBILITY HAS BEEN VERIFIED AND PARTICIPANT HAS BEEN NOTIFIED THAT VERIFICATION IS COMPLETE.

9. PUBLICITY GRANT.

Except where otherwise prohibited by law, by participating, each entrant agrees to the use by Sponsor and its designees of their name, voice, performance, city and state of residence, name of high school, photograph (including, but not limited to, Khan Academy® profile photo), and/or likeness and entry, for advertising, promotional and other purposes (including their school and district), in any and all media, now or hereafter known, worldwide and on the internet, and in perpetuity, without compensation or additional consents from entrant, their parent or legal guardian or any third party and without prior notice, approval or inspection, and to execute specific consent to such use if asked to do so. If a potential winner is a minor, they will need to provide an additional publicity release signed by their parent or legal guardian.

10. RELEASE OF LIABILITY.

By participating, each entrant (and, if a minor, their parent or legal guardian) agrees to release, discharge, and hold harmless Sponsor (and advertising and promotion agencies), and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents, and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses, and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from student’s participation in the Scholarship Program or any Scholarship Program-related activity or the acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any awarded prize.

Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Scholarship Program, who act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or who are in violation of these Official Rules, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified and all associated entries will be void. Should any portion of the Scholarship Program be, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, compromised by non-authorized human intervention or other causes which, in the sole opinion of the Sponsor, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play, or submission of entries, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to suspend, modify, or terminate the Scholarship Program and, if terminated, at its discretion, award the prizes from among all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of such action using the judging procedure outlined above or as otherwise deemed fair and appropriate by Sponsor. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT DELIBERATELY TO DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

11. DISPUTES.

Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Scholarship Program or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the United States District Court for the District of New York or the appropriate State Court located in New York; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Scholarship Program, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Scholarship Program, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York.

12. PRIVACY.

Information collected from entrants is subject to Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, available at www.collegeboard.org/privacy-policy/privacy-statement.

13. REQUEST FOR WINNERS’ LIST/OFFICIAL RULES.

For the names of scholarship winners or a copy of the Official Rules, available June 1, 2020, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with the request to the College Board, Attn: CB Opportunity Scholarships, 2200 NW 72ND AVE, MIAMI, FL 33152-9418. Please include a note specifying the nature of the request, e.g., asking for a hard copy of the official rules or specifying the name of the scholarship and the particular drawing date and year. Such request must be received by the Sponsor no later than 90 days after June 1, 2020, at which time all Class of 2020 scholarship winners will have been verified and scholarship dollars are distributed.

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