Official Rules

COLLEGE BOARD OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS AND RECOGNITION PROGRAM CLASS OF 2021

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. 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 4, 2019 at 12:00:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) and ends on February 28, 2021, at 11:59:59 p.m. EST for the Class of 2021. Sponsor’s computer is the official timekeeping device for this Scholarship Program.

By participating, each participant (and, if a minor, their 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 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.

Students selected to receive scholarship funds (“Winners”) must indicate a Title IV eligible institution (“Institution”) for disbursement by Sponsor.

There is a total of seven scholarships to be awarded. By completing each of the six college planning steps, 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 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 and practice on Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy (www.satpractice.org) for at least six (6) hours. Score improvement of 100 points or more can be from the highest of any official PSAT 10 or PSAT/NMSQT taken between October 2018 and October 2019 to an official SAT taken on or after the November 2019 through December 2020 (the “Period”) administrations, or from one official SAT administration to another official SAT administration during the Period. You must have a minimum 100 point score improvement and practice 6 or more hours to qualify for this scholarship. Where 100 point score improvement is not possible (i.e., if a student has scored 1500 points or more as their baseline score), score improvement will be recognized when the student takes the SAT and achieves a score that is at least 10 points higher than their previous score of 1500 or higher. Your College Board and Khan Academy accounts must be linked, and you must be logged in while practicing. Score improvement is counted from a single test administration. Superscores are not considered for the Improve scholarship.
  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) “match,” 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. If you are not a citizen or do not meet the residency requirements and are thus legally ineligible to complete the FAFSA, you can still earn an entry by completing your state’s financial aid form, if available. If your state does not offer a state financial aid form or if you are also legally ineligible to complete your state’s financial aid form, by so attesting, you may still earn an entry for this scholarship. If you earn your entry by submitting the FAFSA or your state’s financial aid form and you are selected for one of these scholarships, you will be required to provide documentation of your submission. If instead you earned your entry because you are legally ineligible to complete both the FAFSA and your state’s financial aid form or you are legally ineligible to complete the FAFSA and your state does not offer a state financial aid form and you are selected for one of these scholarships, you will not be required to take any further action.
  6. Apply to Colleges: Apply to at least two (2) colleges. If you applied binding Early Decision to a college, you may still earn an entry for this scholarship by indicating that you applied binding Early Decision. 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, or U.S. Citizens or residents who attend a U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (“DoDEA”) school outside of the United States and U.S. territories;
  2. Are, as of December 1, 2019, 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.

For students who attend DoDEA schools outside of the United States and U.S. territories, Sponsor may require additional proof of any participant’s citizenship or residency status to participate. The form of that additional proof will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

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. Additionally, Lower Income Students who attend high school in Connecticut have a chance to enter separate and additional drawings, as described below.

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”).

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 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020. Eligibility for monthly drawings will close at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on the last day of each month from January 31, 2020 to July 31, 2020. Students will first earn one (1) entry for creating and saving their college list with six (6) schools on it; then, students can earn up to one (1) entry per subsequent month for updating their 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 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020. Eligibility for monthly drawings will close at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on the last day of each month from January 31, 2020 to October 31, 2020. 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 or more and practice 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 taken between October 2018 and October 2019 to an official SAT taken on or after the November 2019 through December 2020 (the “Period”) administrations, or from one official SAT administration to another official SAT administration during the Period. You must have a minimum 100 point score improvement and practice 12 or more hours to qualify for this scholarship. Where 100 point score improvement is not possible (i.e., if a student has scored 1500 points or more as their baseline score), score improvement will be recognized when the student takes the SAT and achieves a score that is at least 10 points higher than their previous score of 1500 or higher. Your College Board and Khan Academy accounts must be linked, and you must be logged in while practicing. Score improvement is counted from a single test administration. Superscores are not considered for the Improve 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, 2020 for the May 1, 2020 drawing; (2) at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on May 31, 2020 for the June 1, 2020 drawing; (3) at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on July 31, 2020 for the August 1, 2020 drawing; (4) at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on September 30, 2020 for the October 1, 2020 drawing; (5) at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on November 30, 2020 for the December 1, 2020 drawing; and (6) at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on January 31, 2021 for the February 1, 2021 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) “match,” and three (3) “reach” colleges between August 1, 2020 and October 31, 2020. Students must save their college list. Eligibility for monthly drawings will close at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on the last day of each month from August 31, 2020 to October 31, 2020. Students will first earn one (1) entry for creating and saving their college list with the minimum “safety,” “match,” and “reach” colleges specified above, and then can earn up to one (1) entry per subsequent month for updating their 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, students must complete and submit the FAFSA between October 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021. Eligibility for monthly drawings will close at 11:59:59 PM EST on the last day of each month from October 31, 2020 to February 28, 2021. If the student is not a citizen or does not meet the residency requirements and is thus legally ineligible to complete the FAFSA, the student can still earn an entry by completing their state’s financial aid form, if available. If the student’s state does not offer a state financial aid form or if the student is also legally ineligible to complete their state’s financial aid form, by so attesting, the student may still earn an entry for this scholarship. Limit: One (1) entry per student total. Unselected entries in a drawing period will roll over to the next drawing period without needing to re-qualify for Scholarship 5.
  6. Apply to Colleges: Apply to at least two (2) colleges between October 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021. Eligibility for this scholarship drawing will close at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on February 28, 2021. 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. If student applied to a college through binding Early Decision, they can indicate that within the Site and still earn an entry for this scholarship. 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 28, 2021, to be entered to win the “Complete Your Journey” Scholarship. Only one entry must be earned for each of the six (6) scholarships above 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. A completed form should be mailed back to the College Board, Attn: CB Opportunity Scholarships, 2200 NW 72nd Avenue, 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 2020 to July 2020. Additional fifty (50) winners per month from January 2020 to July 2020 will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students. Additional seven (7) winners (one winner per month from January 2020 to July 2020) will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students and who attend high school in Connecticut at the time of the applicable drawing.
  2. Practice for the SAT Winners: $1,000 scholarship per winner. Seventy-five (75) winners per month from January 2020 to October 2020. Additional seventy-five (75) winners per month from January 2020 to October 2020 will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students. Additional ten (10) winners (one winner per month from January 2020 to October 2020) will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students and who attend high school in Connecticut at the time of the applicable drawing.
  3. Improve Your Score Winners: $2,000 scholarship per winner. Twelve (12) winners per month for April, May, July, September, November 2020, and January 2021. Additional thirteen (13) winners per month for April, May, July, September, November 2020, and January 2021 will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students. Additional six (6) winners (one (1) winner each in April, May, July, September and November 2020 and January 2021) will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students and who attend high school in Connecticut at the time of the applicable drawing.
  4. Strengthen Your College List Winners: $500 scholarship per winner. Fifty (50) winners per month from August 2020 to October 2020. Additional fifty (50) winners per month from August 2020 to October 2020 will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students. Additional three (3) winners (one winner per month from August 2020 to October 2020) will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students and who attend high school in Connecticut at the time of the applicable drawing.
  5. Complete the FAFSA Winners: $1,000 scholarship per winner. One hundred (100) winners per month from October 2020 to December 2020. Additional one hundred (100) winners per month from October 2020 to December 2020 will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students. Fifty (50) winners per month from January 2021 to February 2021. Additional fifty (50) winners per month from January 2021 to February 2021 will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students. Additional seven (7) winners (two (2) winners each in October and November 2020 and one (1) winner each in December 2020 and in January and February 2021) will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students and who attend high school in Connecticut at the time of the applicable drawing.
  6. Apply to Colleges Winners: $1,000 scholarship per winner. Two hundred and fifty (250) winners will be selected in February 2021. Additional two hundred and fifty (250) winners will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students in February 2021. Additional four (4) winners in February 2021 will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students and who attend high school in Connecticut at the time of the drawing.
  7. Complete Your Journey Winners: $40,000 scholarship per winner. Twelve (12) winners will be selected in February 2021. Additional thirteen (13) winners will be selected in February 2021 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 except for potential winners for Complete Your Journey, who will be notified within 20 business days, in each case of the applicable drawing.

Affidavit of Eligibility: Potential winners must digitally sign an affidavit of eligibility and any other applicable waivers (“Required Documentation”) to claim their prize. If any such student is a minor, they will also need to have their parent/legal guardian sign Required Documentation to claim their prize. Potential winners (and, if minor, their parent/legal guardian) will also be asked to digitally sign a publicity release.

Verification: In addition, 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: If the entry was earned by submitting the FAFSA or the state financial aid form, a photo or printout of the submission confirmation email.
  6. Apply to College Winners: A photo or printout of the confirmation page of all the college applications the potential winner submitted.
  7. Complete Your Journey Winners: A photo or printout of the FAFSA or state financial aid confirmation email (if the entry was earned by submitting the FAFSA or a state financial aid form) and a photo or printout of the confirmation page of all the college applications the potential winner submitted.

Additionally, potential winners who were selected for a scholarship through one of the separate and additional drawings available to Lower Income Students because they indicated that they met the family Adjusted Gross Income requirement may be asked to provide one of the following as 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.

If a potential winner cannot be contacted as provided herein after the first attempt to contact them, if they fail to sign and return any Required Documentation by the timeline as requested by the Sponsor, which shall in no event be later than April 30, 2021, or if a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, which decision shall be based on the Sponsor’s sole discretion, 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 or leave 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 (or 36 months in the case the reason for such deferral or leave is to enlist in the military) to notify Sponsor of their enrollment at a new Title IV eligible Institution (together with a reasonable proof of such enrollment and, in the case of a military-related deferral or leave, documentation of the applicable military service) or the Winner will forfeit the remainder of the scholarship. Furthermore, even if a Winner enrolls in a Title IV eligible Institution earlier than their cohort, the scholarship funds will be disbursed to the applicable Institution at the same time as the rest of the cohort. Sponsor may use a third party vendor, such as Scholarship America, for the disbursement and associated administrative support.

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 prohibited by law, participation in the Program constitutes each entrant’s (and a minor entrant’s parents’ and legal guardians’) consent to Sponsor’s (and its designees’, successors’ and assigns’) use or distribution of entrant’s name, biography, likeness, voice, photographs (including, but not limited to, Khan Academy profile photo), video, opinions, statements, hometown, state and country of residence, high school, school district and entry for promotional, advertising, research and other purposes (including in communicating with their school and school district regarding entry and potential or actual receipt of scholarship funds) in any manner or media (including, without limitation, online, on websites and in social media), worldwide, in perpetuity, and without further payment, consideration, notice, review or consent.

10. ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES.

Except where prohibited by law, participation in the Program constitutes each entrant’s (and a minor entrant’s parents’ and legal guardians’) consent to Sponsor’s or its partner organization’s (and its or their designees’, successors’ and assigns’) use of entrant’s name and email address for the purposes of participating in optional research or other educational opportunities.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. PRIVACY.

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

14. REQUEST FOR WINNERS' LIST/OFFICIAL RULES.

For the names of scholarship winners or a copy of the Official Rules, available June 1, 2021, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with the request to the College Board, Attn: CB Opportunity Scholarships, 2200 NW 72nd Avenue, 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, 2021, at which time all Class of 2021 scholarship winners will have been verified and scholarship dollars are distributed.

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