Hawaii scholarship matching site goes national


Scholar’s App, an end-to-end virtual scholarship platform serving students, schools, and scholarship programs, announced last week that it was expanding from the Hawaii market to the entire country.

The national launch follows a major milestone for the startup, which was founded by then-student CEO Traven Watase in 2015. The company says that it connected students with more than $20 million in college scholarships across 5,000 participating schools in 2019.

“We are excited to grow to public and private high schools throughout the U.S., especially during this time when virtual services are more important than ever,” Watase said.

All scholarships are fully screened by counselors prior to posting to prevent fraud and reduce data mining scams.

“This allows everyone in the process – from students to counselors to donors – to feel comfortable in a trusted virtual platform that removes traditional barriers in the system,” Watase explained.

In its first three years, Scholar’s App achieved 100 percent public high school participation in Hawaii, including at Hawaii’s largest public high school James Campbell High School, where each student is offered access to a Scholar’s App account starting in their sophomore year.

“Scholar’s App provides access to a growing number of scholarships in one easy-to-use format for our students, complete with personalized reminders that encourage the completion of each application – that is a big help for our busy students,” said Eleyne Fia, career/college counselor at James Campbell High School. “Scholar’s App is a trusted resource for us that provides enhanced protection to ensure student privacy and vet only the best scholarship opportunities.”

Benefits of Using Scholar’s App:

  • Students: Easily register, search, track and submit scholarship applications online, without printing, collecting and submitting forms from multiple sources. Student data is never sold or provided to third parties, and all scholarships are sorted and verified to ensure students don’t sacrifice time or privacy to receive the support they need.
  • Counselors: Streamline and automate the entire scholarship application process and tailor preferences for each student, while tracking progress to ensure timely completion. Enjoy time-saving tools such as electronic transcript submission and e-signature capability, and review applications at a glance from one easy-to-use dashboard portal.
  • Donors: Don’t let another call for scholarships go unanswered. In minutes, donors can customize each scholarship to reach the right students and ensure that they are connected with multiple high-quality applications. We make it so easy that Scholar’s App donors are inspired to expand their scholarship giving by an average of 5-10 percent.
  • Parents: The new Scholar’s App account for parents allows for convenient communication between school counselors and parents, and provides an easy way for parents to monitor each step of their child’s scholarship process.

To learn more and get started, visit scholarsapp.com.

About Scholar’s App

Founded in 2015, San Francisco-based Scholar’s App is expanding to serve high schools throughout the U.S. with a trusted and verified online platform that streamlines the scholarship application process for students, school counselors and donors. Scholar’s App is the leading U.S. end-to- end virtual scholarship service, ensuring college students receive the support they need. Scholar’s App is a Blue Startups technology company, selected to participate in the tenth cohort of the Hawaii business accelerator. For more, visit scholarsapp.com.

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