Rise Up First Generation Student Scholarship

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  • List iconRequirements:

    Green check iconMinimum 3.0 GPA

    Green check iconAge: 16 and over

    Green check iconPermanent legal U.S. resident

    Green check iconA detailed and well-written essay response

    Green check iconEnrollment in a school listed on the U.S. Department of
           Education website

    Green check iconBe the first in your family to attend college

  • Award iconScholarship Amount:


    Calendar iconDeadline:

    December 31, 2019

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The Rules

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. The Course Hero, Inc. Rise Up First Generation Student Scholarship Contest (the “Contest”) is sponsored by Course Hero, Inc. (“Course Hero”).

Official Rules and Eligibility

COURSE HERO 2019 Rise Up First Generation Student Scholarship 




NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. The Course Hero, Inc. 2019 Rise Up First Generation Student Scholarship (the “Contest”) is sponsored by Course Hero, Inc., having an address of 2000 Seaport Blvd. Third Floor, Redwood City, CA 94063 (“Course Hero”).




Subject to these Official Rules, the Contest is open only to permanent legal U.S. residents physically residing in the fifty (50) United States of America and the District of Columbia, who: (i) must be the first in your immediate family to attend college; (ii) are high school seniors, undergraduate students, or community college students transferring to a four-year accredited college or university in the United States, as listed on the U.S. Department of Education website, available at; (iii) are currently or will be enrolled full-time in a four-year accredited college or university in the United States, as listed on the U.S. Department of Education website, available at; (iv) have a minimum GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent); and (v) are registered Course Hero users who have submitted an entry at by submitting a written response to the Contest question. The response must be limited to 500 words or less. Minors between the ages of 16 and 17 (inclusive) must first obtain the consent of their parent or legal guardian to enter.  Scholarship awards will not be paid to institutions outside the U.S. Employees of Course Hero and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies and any other entity involved in the development or administration of this Contest, and their immediate family members or household members are not eligible to participate in or win the Contest. THE CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW OR WHERE BONDING, REGISTRATION, OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS WOULD BE REQUIRED BUT HAVE NOT BEEN MET, OR WHERE THE METHODS OF ENTRY SET FORTH BELOW WOULD BE DEEMED CONSIDERATION. ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS APPLY.




Course Hero will post one question online at and allow registered, eligible entrants up to 500 words to submit a written response. Course Hero will select one winner with the best response from among all Contest entrants.  The Contest winner will receive a $5,000 (USD) scholarship (the “Scholarship”). 




The Contest will begin at 12:01 am PST on August 12, 2019, and will end at 11:59 pm PST on December 31st, 2019 (“Entry Period”). The last month of the contest will take place in the month of December 2019. The deadline to submit entries for the Contest will be displayed on the Contest entry page. Once the Entry Period has passed, no further entries for the Contest will be accepted. Course Hero will announce the winner on social media and/or its website by February 3, 2020. Course Hero reserves the right to change any beginning or end dates of the Contest at any time. Course Hero also reserves the right to discontinue the Contest at any time.




No purchase or payment is necessary to participate in the Contest. Participants must agree to Course Hero’s Terms of Use ( and Privacy Policy (, and register for an account on  During the Entry Period, enter the Contest by visiting, logging in to your Course Hero account and submitting a written response to the Contest question. The response must be limited to 500 words or less. Alternatively, Contest entries may be submitted by mail by printing your name, address, and daytime phone number on a 3”x5” card, along with your response to the question, and mailing it to Course Hero, Inc., 2000 Seaport Blvd. Third Floor, Redwood City, CA 94063. Multiple entrants that submit the same response will be disqualified.  Any late, lost, misdirected, incorrect or incomplete entries will be disqualified and Course Hero and its agents will not be responsible for such entries. 


By submitting an entry, you agree that any information provided by you or collected by Course Hero in connection with the Sweepstakes may be used by Course Hero in accordance with Course Hero’s Terms of Use ( and Privacy Policy ( and may be shared with Course Hero’s affiliated business entities. All information submitted to Course Hero as part of an entry becomes the property of the Course Hero.


Course Hero expressly reserves the right to disqualify any entries that it believes in good faith are generated by an automated means or scripts, or that are the result of plagiary. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means are void. By entering, you agree to accept and be bound by all terms and conditions in these Official Rules. 




One or more judges from Course Hero shall read each of the eligible Contest entries and select a winning response. The Judge(s) shall base their decision on the following criteria: sincerity, creativity, thoughtfulness, and factual credibility. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries and the quality of your response as evaluated by the Course Hero Judge(s). The Contest will be conducted under the supervision of Course Hero. The decisions of Course Hero are final and binding in all matters relating to this Contest.  


To receive a complete list of winners or a copy of the Official Rules, within six (6) months after the end of the Entry Period, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Course Hero, Inc., 2000 Seaport Blvd. Third Floor, Redwood City, CA 94063, Attn: “Course Hero, Inc. 2019  Rise Up First Generation Student Scholarship Contest Winner’s List” and specify the month(s) for which you wish to receive such information.




The Contest winner will receive a $5,000 Scholarship to be applied toward tuition at the college or university in which they are enrolled. In no event shall Course Hero be obligated to award any prizes other than the Scholarship specified in these Official Rules. The Scholarships are non-transferable and no substitutions (including, without limitation, for cash) are permitted. The winner shall be solely responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes, and any other costs and expenses, associated with the Scholarships.




The Contest winner will be notified by email and/or phone; provided, however, that Course Hero reserves the right to determine an alternate method of notification.  Failure to provide accurate contact information may result in disqualification, and if unable to contact the winner within 72 hours, Course Hero may in its discretion award a Scholarship to any other eligible contestant. 


Scholarships will be awarded to the winner and paid directly to their accredited college or university for tuition for the semester following their win. The winner is required to provide Course Hero with the following information if requested:


Your Course Hero username and profile URL;

Your residential address and phone number;

Your student identification card at your enrolled college or university;

Your current or most recent transcript from your enrolled high school, college or university;

Contact and mailing information for your college’s or university’s financial aid office.


No payment of any Scholarship will be granted until Course Hero is able to verify with the winner's financial aid department that you are enrolled at the institution. The winner must cooperate with Course Hero and their institution in filing or providing any necessary paperwork or other materials or signatures deemed necessary by Course Hero or the institution in their discretion to process the Scholarship. Any Scholarship won by an eligible minor will be awarded in the name of a parent or legal guardian. Course Hero may, in its sole discretion, decline to award payment of the Scholarship in the case of a winner's failure to provide information in a timely fashion requested by Course Hero or the institution, or if the student's enrollment lapses for any reason.




Course Hero will pay the Scholarship directly to the U.S. accredited college or university of the eligible winner in one lump sum. No Scholarship moneys will be paid directly to the winner. Course Hero has the sole discretion and final word over the timing and manner of any scholarship payments. The winner will be responsible for providing a letter of enrollment from the college or university where the Scholarship will be directed.




By entering the Contest or accepting a Scholarship, you agree to conform to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. When applicable, the winner may be required to execute and return (and winning may be conditioned upon the winner executing and returning) to Course Hero, within ten (10) business days, an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability and Publicity Release drafted by Course Hero to be eligible for the Scholarship or an alternate winner will be selected. The winner may be required in Course Hero’s sole discretion to complete relevant tax forms as a condition to the delivery of the Scholarship. The winner may also be required to furnish proof of identity, address and birth date in order to receive a Scholarship.


Unless prohibited by applicable law, your submission of an entry to the Contest or acceptance of a Scholarship constitutes your permission to use your name, photograph, likeness, voice, address (city and state), testimonials, and any other information provided to Course Hero in connection with the Contest in all media, in perpetuity, in any manner Course Hero deems appropriate for publicity purposes without any compensation to such entrant or any review or approval rights, notifications, or permissions; and constitutes your consent to disclose your personally identifiable information to third parties (including, without limitation, placing the winner’s name on a winner’s list).


An entrant or winner may be disqualified from the Contest if he or she fails to comply with each provision of these Official Rules, as determined in the sole discretion of Course Hero. Participation in the Contest is at entrant’s own risk. Course Hero shall not be liable for: (1) failed, returned or misdirected notifications based on inaccurate information provided by the winner in connection with an entry; (2) entries and responses to winner notifications which are lost, late, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, postage-due, misdirected, damaged or otherwise not received by the intended recipient in whole or in part or for computer or technical error of any kind; (3) any electronic miscommunications or failures, technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit an entrant's ability to participate in the Contest; (4) any technical malfunctions of the telephone network, computer on-line system, computer equipment, software, program malfunctions or other failures, delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human, mechanical or technical in nature, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer or mobile device related to or resulting from downloading any application or otherwise in connection with this Contest; or (5) any warranty with respect to any Scholarship or any component thereof. THE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AWARDED “AS IS” AND COURSE HERO DOES NOT MAKE ANY, AND HEREBY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL, REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND REGARDING THE SCHOLARSHIPS.




By entering the Contest, you agree to and hereby do release and hold harmless Course Hero and its respective parents, subsidiaries and affiliated entities, directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents, and representatives from any damage, injury, death, loss, claim, action, demand, or other liability (collectively, “Claims”) that may arise from your acceptance, possession and/or use of any awarded Scholarship or your participation in this Contest, regardless of whether such Claims, or knowledge of the facts constituting such Claims, exist at the time of entry or arise at any time thereafter. Any person attempting to defraud or in any way tamper with this Contest or with Course Hero’s website may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Course Hero reserves the right to modify these Official Rules in any way or at any time. Course Hero reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this Contest should viruses, bugs or other causes beyond their control corrupt the administration, security or proper operation of the Contest. In the event of cancellation or suspension, Course Hero shall promptly post a notice on Course Hero’s website to such effect. This Contest shall be governed by California law, without regard to conflicts of laws provisions. By participating in this Contest, you agree that any dispute or litigation arising from or relating to this Contest shall be determined by binding arbitration only in San Mateo County, CA, by and under the Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures of JAMS, and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.   Notwithstanding the foregoing, Course Hero may seek equitable relief in any court of competent jurisdiction.  If any provision of these rules is held to be illegal or unenforceable, such provision shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that these rules otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable.

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