Niche Scholarship and Sweepstakes FAQs

Niche features hundreds of scholarships and sweepstakes from a wide range of organizations as well as hosting a few of our own. If you have any questions about Niche sponsored scholarships or sweepstakes, you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions below. Questions about opportunities sponsored by other organizations should be directed to the host organization.

How do I apply?

You will first need to create a free Niche account. You can then go to our scholarships page and use the options on the left of the page to help you find scholarships or sweepstakes that are the best fit for you.

How will I know if I am awarded a scholarship or other prize?

If you have won a Niche sponsored scholarship or sweepstakes you will be notified by phone or email from our Niche scholarship liaison. If you have applied for a third-party opportunity, they will contact you with a confirmation and /or notification if you’ve won.

When will I be notified if I have won?

Niche scholarship and sweepstakes winners are contacted by the 15th of the month.

Can you confirm that I applied for a scholarship or sweepstakes?

Yes. you will receive a confirmation email after applying. Be sure to check your spam/junk folders as it may have ended up there. 

How do I know which scholarships or sweepstakes I applied for?

Each will be noted in the confirmation email(s) you receive after applying. Be sure to check your spam/junk folders as it may have ended up there. 

Can international students apply?

It depends. Niche sponsored scholarships and sweepstakes are for people with U.S. citizenship or a valid Visa/US passport. Unfortunately applicants from U.S. territories are excluded from Niche scholarships and sweepstakes due to tax law. There are third-party opportunities on site that may be for international students and students from US territories. Be sure to read the eligibility requirements for each application to make sure you are applying for scholarships or sweepstakes that are best for you. 

I have applied many times. Why have I never won?

Niche scholarships and sweepstakes have many applicants. Winners are selected at random once a month. Keep trying!

Will Niche pay for my student loans?

We currently do not have a scholarship for paying off student loans, but the $1,000 Local Survey Sweepstakes is something you can apply for if you are no longer in school. We also encourage you to check out scholarships and sweepstakes listed on Niche that are sponsored by other organizations.

Where can I find a list of previous winners?

Check out the Niche Scholarship Winners Page!

Are Niche scholarships and sweepstakes real?

Yes! Niche awards prizes on a monthly and yearly basis to students and families all over the United States. You can read about some of our previous winners by visiting the Winners Page.

Am I eligible to apply for scholarships?

Anyone applying to or attending a US-based high school, college, or graduate school or online school listed on Niche is eligible to apply. You must use the award funds within a year of being received. Applicants must be a legal U.S. citizen or hold a valid U.S. visa to apply for Niche scholarships. Applicants are required to have a valid US social security number. Due to tax laws, applicants from US territories are not eligible for Niche sponsored scholarships but may be qualified for other scholarships listed on the site. Be sure to review each scholarship’s guidelines because they may vary slightly. Please note that outside organizations can list scholarships on Niche. Questions pertaining to outside scholarships should be directed to the awarding organization.

Am I eligible to apply for sweepstakes? (including gift cards)

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or hold a visa to apply for Niche sweepstakes. Due to tax laws, applicants from US territories are not eligible for Niche sponsored scholarships but may be qualified for other scholarships listed on the site. Be sure to review the rules and guidelines because they vary slightly. Please note that outside organizations can list sweepstakes on Niche. Questions pertaining to these giveaways should be directed to the awarding organization.

If a family member or myself is active in the military or living abroad, can we apply for scholarships or sweepstakes?

Yes, you are eligible to apply for scholarships and sweepstakes. Please use the most recent U.S. address at which you or the family member has lived. If you are selected as a winner, you will be contacted by email.

Are adult learners eligible for scholarships?

Yes. All high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year, are eligible to apply. Please review each scholarship’s guidelines because they vary slightly.

How do I submit a scholarship or sweepstakes to be listed on-site?

We are not listing new scholarships organically on our site at this time. 

If a paid, promoted scholarship listing sounds like something you’re interested in, please send along details of your scholarship to advertising@niche.com, and we will be happy to chat in more detail.

What if I do not use my scholarship within a year of receiving it?

The scholarship will be awarded to a different person if it is not used within a year of being received.

If these FAQs could not answer your questions, contact scholarships@niche.com with the subject line “Scholarship Question.”