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RBA
01-12-2006, 01:35 PM
We got a letter in the mail (through the school) that my 7th grader was one of the "few" recognized by USAA for Excellence in Social Studies and eligible to apply for one of their scholarships. Also they would do a press release with the local paper and his profile would be included in a yearbook. The catch is we have to pay for the yearbook and also we could get family members (grandma, aunts, etc) to buy it too.

My son was excited to "be selected". Apparently local teachers submit names around the country.

I'm skeptical about these things and I recognize it as a scam. Has anyone else gotten one of these letters and do you think it's in bad taste to prey on children and parents emotions of winning something "pretigious" when it really a marketing scam?


USAA is not affliated with the insurance/bank out of San Antonio. This USAA is set up out of Lexington, KY.

Blimpie
01-12-2006, 01:39 PM
We got a letter in the mail (through the school) that my 7th grader was one of the "few" recognized by USAA for Excellence in Social Studies and eligible to apply for one of their scholarships. Also they would do a press release with the local paper and his profile would be included in a yearbook. The catch is we have to pay for the yearbook and also we could get family members (grandma, aunts, etc) to buy it too.

My son was excited to "be selected". Apparently local teachers submit names around the country.

I'm skeptical about these things and I recognize it as a scam. Has anyone else gotten one of these letters and do you think it's in bad taste to prey on children and parents emotions of winning something "pretigious" when it really a marketing scam?


USAA is not affliated with the insurance/bank out of San Antonio. This USAA is set up out of Lexington, KY.Rats! Sounds like the jig is up...time for me to pack up the kids again and hit the road :D

Sean_CaseyRules
01-12-2006, 01:47 PM
Well I got a similar letter, but I was chosen to be a child Ambassador, and travel Europe and have a chance to go to Japan. I didn't get to go because my mom and dad, just as RBA, we're skeptical about sending me away.

Chip R
01-12-2006, 01:56 PM
Sounds sort of like the First Annual Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence. You'll know it's the real thing if Joe Frazier shows up to present the award. ;)

Roy Tucker
01-12-2006, 03:09 PM
My son (and now recently my daughter) has gotten a ton of these. They are not scams per se but they also aren't like being a National Merit Scholar or anything. It's more of a vanity press thing.

Basically, they hand out scholarships that are funded by the sales of the yearbooks, patches, and other paraphenalia that they sell. And I'm sure the owners skim off their fair share.

But they are legit businesses from the standpoint that they tell you clearly what you get for your money. Which is a 3-5 line entry in a book they publish and sell to people who paid to have entries in the book (he said redundantly).

deltachi8
01-12-2006, 03:44 PM
Sounds sort of like the First Annual Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence. You'll know it's the real thing if Joe Frazier shows up to present the award. ;)

You beat me to it! Thats what i thought as well.

Sounds like the who's-who thing where you have to pay to get in the directory..IIRC.

RFS62
01-12-2006, 05:02 PM
I was a Little Lebowski Junior Achiever.

LawFive
01-12-2006, 06:55 PM
I recieved one of those once. One of my senior year teachers nominated every single one of his students. Wonder what he got out of the deal...

Caseyfan21
01-12-2006, 06:56 PM
I love these types of achievements one can get if they are willing to fork over the cash necessary. One girl from my high school had a big feature in the local paper because she was selected to go study abroad for something. Turns out she was selected but she also had to fork over a wad of cash to do it. I've never done any of those things I got growing up and I turned out ok (even got quite a few legitimate ones too).

Caveat Emperor
01-12-2006, 07:07 PM
I was a Little Lebowski Junior Achiever.

http://i5.ebayimg.com/03/i/03/cb/f0/42_12_sb.JPG

Dom Heffner
01-12-2006, 07:24 PM
I love these types of achievements one can get if they are willing to fork over the cash necessary.

I remember getting an offer letter in college from the National Collegiate Scholars or something like that.

They told me they only invite people in who are in the top 10% of their class.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized I'm in the top 10% of my class, regardless of whether I get "accepted" with this group or not.

Unassisted
01-12-2006, 09:19 PM
Sounds like the who's-who thing where you have to pay to get in the directory..IIRC.This is what I was thinking, too.

deltachi8
01-12-2006, 09:22 PM
I recieved one of those once. One of my senior year teachers nominated every single one of his students. Wonder what he got out of the deal...

A laurel and hearty handshake

Hap
01-13-2006, 02:05 PM
I applied for dozens and dozens of scholarships and not once did I have to pay a single penny or purchase anything.