At Scholly, we get questions from our users all the time about how to know if they won a scholarship or not. Since Scholly is only a way to search for scholarships we cannot dictate when or how a scholarship reaches out to winners, but we do have some insight on how you can find out.

1) Email:
Most scholarships will email winners (and sometimes those that didn’t win) to let them know their status. These emails can sometimes be tailored toward the individual with specific details or can be general email letting you know you have one and what next steps would be in the process. If it’s a general email, make sure you check your spam folder to make sure things didn’t get sent there.

2) Phone Call:
Although you should receive an email before or after a scholarship organization calls you, be on the lookout for a call and leave room in your voicemail just in case you missed it. Some of my biggest scholarships called me first then emailed me about next steps a week later.

3) Mail:
Yes, just like the IRS, some organizations still send you paper mail. Most scholarships don’t still do this, but some smaller scholarships do. I suggest checking your mail daily to make sure they haven’t sent you something.

4) Nothing at all:
Unfortunately, sometimes scholarships never notify those who didn’t win. So sometimes if you have done all of the above things, it may be best to focus on other scholarships, apply for as many as you can, and don’t sweat the losses.

Winning a scholarship isn’t a measure of your self worth as each scholarship looks for something different. So keep using Scholly, keep applying for more, and get as much money as you can.