Scholarship Winner FAQ: Less than $10,000

How do I know if I won a Niche Scholarship?

  • Niche’s User Support team will contact winners by the 15th of the month through the email attached to the winner’s Niche account.

How are winners selected?

  • Winners are randomly selected from the pool of eligible applicants

How do Scholarship winners receive their money?

  • The money is awarded directly to the winner after the confirmation process and paperwork have been completed. The award is either directly deposited into your bank account or a check will be mailed to your address.

What happens after I win a Niche Scholarship?

  • After you have been selected as a winner our team will reach out and ask you to confirm some of your account information. If you are under the age of 18, or team will request the email and name of a parent or guardian. Our team will then create your document packet in DocuSign.

How do I know this is a legitimate offer? 

  • It is always important to research a company before sharing any personal data. Niche awarded over $300,000 in scholarships in 2022. You can view previous winners of Niche scholarships by visiting our Scholarship Winners page and a clip of a previous winner talking with Niche’s CEO. We also encourage you to check out our About page. You can always reach out to our team with any additional questions by emailing

What kind of documentation do I need to complete?

  • All paperwork will be shared with you via DocuSign
  • All winners will need to complete an affidavit
  • All winners will complete a questionnaire form
  • You will need to provide proof of US citizenship (state-issued ID, birth certificate, passport, etc) or a copy of your valid US-Visa
  • All winners will need to provide proof of US citizenship (state-issued ID, birth certificate, passport, etc) or a copy of your valid US-Visa
  • Winners receiving $600 or more will need to complete a W-9
  • Cash winners (not gift card winners) will complete a direct deposit form

Why do I have to fill out a W-9 for prizes of $600 or more?

  • We are required by the IRS to send out annual 1099’s for all disbursements made to individuals that are greater than $600, which is why we require that information to be complete before we can award your scholarship. Here is a link from the federal government's website for more information on that subject:  Internal Revenue Service - 1099 Form Info. We are unable to release the award until we have all our paperwork completed in accordance with our annual reporting obligations to the IRS.

I won a gift card- how will I receive it?

  • Our team will have you complete paperwork via DocuSign. The gift card will then be sent digitally to your email through 

What does the scholarship delivery timeline look like?

  • Winners are contacted by the 15th of the month
  • You will be asked to confirm some information
    • If you are under 18, you will be asked to share the contact information of a parent or guardian
  • Within the next few days, our team will send you a document packet via DocuSign. You will have a few days to complete the documentation.
    • If you are under 18- documents will also be sent to your parent or guardian for their approval and signature
  • Once the documentation has been completed, our team will send a confirmation email
  • Your funds will be directly deposited within 4-6 weeks after all documentation has been completed 
  • You will also receive an email from requesting your address and t-shirt size
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