5 Things Counselors Should Know about Scholar Snapp

Sep 24, 2015

5 Things Counselors Should Know about Scholar Snapp

Last week we shared information about the Scholar Snapp pilot program. As part of the program, students are able to receive outside scholarship information from Scholar Snapp, a Michael & Susan Dell Foundation service. Here are 5 things you should know as you work with your students. 

What is Scholar Snapp?

Scholar Snapp lets students apply for a scholarship online and then automatically re-use that information for other scholarship applications without retyping their data again and again. Once a student enters data for the first time, a scholarship application will allow a student to download their basic data and then upload it again to another application.

How is it connected to the Common App?

Common App students can opt-in to receive information directly from Scholar Snapp by completing a question within the Profile section of the application. Students will then receive a message from Scholar Snapp that directs them to the Scholar Snapp website.  There, they will be able to

  1. manage their Scholar Snapp profile,
  2. search for available scholarship opportunities (unrelated to the student’s college application in Common App), and
  3. use their information to more quickly apply to those scholarship applications leveraging the Scholar Snapp data standard.

Can students opt-in after they have submitted a Common App?

Yes. We will alert Scholar Snapp to a student's opt-in selection upon the student's first application submission after the student responds to the opt in question. If students are done with their Common App submissions, they can go to directly to the Scholar Snapp website to create a Scholar Snapp Profile.

What are the types of scholarships available?

From the Scholar Snapp website, students can choose to complete and submit their unique profile information to multiple scholarship award programs and learn more about how they can speed up their scholarship application process. These scholarship award programs (i.e. Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Dell Scholars Program, The Boettcher Foundation, The Daniels Fund, etc.) may or may not have a relationship with the colleges and universities with which students are applying to within the Common App.

Will students also receive merit-based scholarship information from colleges? 

Scholar Snapp is not connected to college-specific scholarships. The information students receive from Scholar Snapp is regarding only non-college affiliated scholarship awards. Although colleges and universities may choose to receive the opt-in data, they will determine how to share information about their college-specific scholarships with applicants.