Official Rules

COLLEGE BOARD OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS AND RECOGNITION PROGRAM CLASS OF 2022

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 7, 2020 at 12:00:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) and ends on February 28, 2022, at 11:59:59 p.m. EST for the Class of 2022. 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 guide students through the college planning process and reward the effort they put into preparing for college.

The Scholarship Program is open to juniors and seniors in high school, who meet all eligibility requirements stated below, and encourages them to complete six key college planning steps.

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 automatically 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 College Board 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 complete either (a) a Timed Mini Section or (b) a Diagnostic Quiz to practice for the SAT using Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® (www.satpractice.org). Your College Board and Khan Academy® accounts must be linked.
  3. Explore Scholarships: Explore a list of scholarships personalized based on your background, achievements, and future plans on College Board Scholarship Search (https://scholarships.collegeboard.org). You must be logged in to Scholarship Search using your College Board account and complete prompts to generate a personalized list.
  4. Strengthen Your College List: Create or edit a college list on College Board 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 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 may 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 are 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/were, as of December 1, 2020, 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 (a) employees, officers and trustees of Sponsor, Khan Academy and their affiliates, agents or representatives; (b) Program’s advertising and promotion agencies, if any, as well as (c) household members of (a) and (b), 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 may 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 College Board BigFuture™ (bigfuture.collegeboard.org) with at least six (6) schools between December 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021. Eligibility for monthly drawings will close at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on the last day of each month from January 31, 2021 to July 31, 2021. Students will first earn one (1) entry in the month they create and save their college list with six (6) schools on it. Limit: One (1) entry per student total.
  2. Practice for the SAT: Begin practice for the SAT by completing a Timed Mini Section or Diagnostic Quiz using Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® (www.satpractice.org) between December 1, 2020 and October 31, 2021. Eligibility for monthly drawings will close at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on the last day of each month from January 31, 2021 to October 31, 2021. Students earn one (1) entry in the month when they complete either activity. Limit: One (1) entry per student total.
  3. Explore Scholarships: Explore a scholarship list that is personalized based on background, achievements and future plans using College Board Scholarship Search (https://scholarships.collegeboard.org) between July 1, 2021 and February 28, 2022. Eligibility for monthly drawings will close at 11:59:59 pm EST on the last day of each month from July 31, 2021 to February 28, 2022. Students earn one (1) entry when they complete prompts to access the list of scholarships. Limit: One (1) entry per student total.
  4. Strengthen Your College List: Create or edit a college list on College Board BigFuture™ (bigfuture.collegeboard.org) so that it has a minimum of one (1) “safety,” two (2) “match,” and three (3) “reach” colleges between July 1, 2021 and October 31, 2021. 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 July 31, 2021 to October 31, 2021. . Students will first earn one (1) entry in the month when they create and save their college list with the minimum “safety,” “match,” and “reach” colleges specified above. Limit: One (1) entry per student total.
  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, 2021 and February 28, 2022. Eligibility for monthly drawings will close at 11:59:59 PM EST on the last day of each month from October 31, 2021 to February 28, 2022. 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 may 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. Student earns one entry in the month they meet either of these requirements. 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, 2022 and February 28, 2022. Eligibility for this scholarship drawing will close at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on February 28, 2022. Student earns one (1) entry in the month that they submit the second of their two (2) college applications. If student applied to a college through binding Early Decision, they may indicate that within the Site and still earn an entry for this scholarship. Limit: One (1) per student total.
  7. Complete Your Journey: Complete all six of the scholarship activities listed above by 11:59:59 p.m. EST on February 28, 2022, 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. 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. Two hundred fifty (250) winners per month from January 2021 to March 2021. Additional two hundred fifty (250) winners per month from January 2021 to March 2021 will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students. Fifty (50) winners per month from April 2021 to June 2021. Additional fifty (50) winners per month from April 2021 to June 2021 will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students. Additional eighteen (18) winners (five (5) winners each in January, February and March 2022 and one (1) winner each from April to June 2022) 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: $500 scholarship per winner. Two hundred fifty (250) winners per month from January 2021 to March 2021. Additional two hundred fifty (250) winners per month from January 2021 to March 2021 will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students. Fifty (50) winners per month from April 2021 to October 2021. Additional fifty (50) winners per month from April 2021 to October 2021 will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students. Additional twenty-two (22) winners (five (5) winners each in January, February and March 2022 and one (1) winner each from April to October 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.
  3. Explore Scholarships Winners: $500 scholarship per winner. Fifty (50) winners per month from July 2021 to February 2022. Additional fifty (50) winners per month from July 2021 to February 2022 will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students. Additional eight (8) winners (one (1) winner each month between July 2021 and February 2022) 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 July 2021 to October 2021. Additional fifty (50) winners per month from July 2021 to October 2021 will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students. Additional four (4) winners (one winner per month from July 2021 to October 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.
  5. Complete the FAFSA Winners: $500 scholarship per winner. Two hundred fifty (250) winners per month from October 2021 to December 2021. Additional two hundred fifty (250) winners per month from October 2021 to December 2021 will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students. Fifty (50) winners per month from January 2022 to February 2022. Additional fifty (50) winners per month from January 2022 to February 2022 will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students. Additional seventeen (17) winners (five (5) winners each in October, November and December 2021 and one (1) winner each in January and February 2022) 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: $500 scholarship per winner. One hundred and fifty (150) winners will be selected in February 2022. Additional one hundred and fifty (150) winners will be selected among entrants who are Lower Income Students in February 2022. Additional seven (7) winners in February 2022 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 2022. Additional thirteen (13) winners will be selected in February 2022 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 POTENTIAL 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 25 business days, in each case of the applicable drawing.

7. 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.

Potential winners must submit applicable Required Documentations as described below within 60 calendar days of the notification to claim their prize.

Required Documentations

Affidavit of Eligibility, Waiver and Consent: Potential winners must submit applicable Required Documentationsas described below within 60 calendar days of the notification to claim their prize.

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. Explore Scholarships 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.

Lower Income Verification: 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(s) or transcript(s).
  • A non-tax filer’s statement of income.

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, 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. . In such event, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, award the applicable prize to an alternate winner selected by a random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries.

8. 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.

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 receiving communications relating to their progress and reminders about completing the activities to enter in drawings for the scholarships or participating in optional research or other educational and scholarship opportunities. You can opt out of receiving these communications by changing your preferences in your College Board account or by contacting Customer Service (866-630-9305; International: 212-713-8000).

For those entrants who have opted-in to and provided their mobile numbers to receive text messages from College Board about, among others, its programs and free college planning services (and have not opted-out), participation in the Program constitutes such entrants’ (and minor entrants’ parents’ and legal guardians’) consent to Sponsor’s or its partner organization’s (and its or their designees’, successors’ and assigns’) use of entrants’ mobile numbers for the purposes of receiving communications relating to their progress and reminders about completing the activities to enter in drawings for the scholarships. You can opt out at any time by replying “stop” to any message.

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-center

14. REQUEST FOR WINNERS' LIST/OFFICIAL RULES.

For the names of scholarship winners or a copy of the Official Rules, available August 31, 2022, 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 August 31, 2022, at which time all Class of 2022 scholarship winners will have been verified and scholarship dollars are distributed.

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