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Dragon_Master
04-03-2009, 11:39 PM
USAA Website (http://www.usaa-academy.com/)

I got a letter through my school for their yearbook. It says they have 10,000 dollar scholerships, though my Mom thinks it's just a scam.

Anyone got any intel?

Ah Beng I the Pikabeng
04-04-2009, 01:50 AM
USAA Website (http://www.usaa-academy.com/)

I got a letter through my school for their yearbook. It says they have 10,000 dollar scholerships, though my Mom thinks it's just a scam.

Anyone got any intel?

Not sure about whether this is true, but...

... considering my country gives multiple scholarships of multiple times this amount...

... yes, it could be true. I guess America would do far better than (or at least as good as) Singapore.

Chromatic Alchemist
04-04-2009, 11:11 PM
Looks legit to me. And trust me, just 'cause I'm 13 doesn't mean I don't know my facts straight. I'm already searching for scholarships available for my future career.

Poring
04-05-2009, 04:22 AM
I knew it was a scam when I saw the founder's face.

http://www.usaa-academy.com/images/pic_founder.jpg

Doesn't he just look like a conman?

Anyway, some quick Googling got me here (http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/1988/08/03/x40roll.h07.html).

At a July 15 news conference, Mr. Honig accused three companies of carrying out an "honorscam'' swindle. The companies disguise themselves as education groups devoted to recognizing high-school students and providing scholarships, he charged, but in reality are only "using education as an excuse to make a buck.''

Mr. Honig's targets were Outstanding Students of America, based in Washington, the United States Achievement Academy, of Lexington, Ky., and the National Honor Roll, of Los Angeles.

So yeah, sorry about that.

Edit: To clarify, it's not a scam scam. It's a vanity publisher. You pay to get your name in a yearbook that no one cares about.

complexmanifold
04-26-2009, 06:55 PM
I got a letter from them too. It really seems like they're just trying to make some money. You can tell them to put your name in their book and automatically be entered for a chance to win some scholarship. I would not waste any money buying any of their books, though. It doesn't seem very prestigious at all.