Is Going Merry Legit?

Yeah we are, and we've got proof!


Do others think Going Merry is legit?  Yes! We work with 10,000 high schools across the US (see a map of schools here!), and our impact has been covered in the major press. For example, here’s an ABC News profile on Going Merry. You can also see a KIPP college admissions counselor talk glowingly about her experience with us here.


Are your scholarships real and verified? Yes, our team personally vets every scholarship listed on our website, so that you know it’s not a scam. We also carefully tag all the eligibility requirements, so that you know that when you match with a scholarship, you are in fact eligible for it.


Can I really apply for scholarships, right on your site? Yes, and this is one of the things that makes Going Merry unlike any other scholarship website or scholarship app. We allow you to not just find scholarships but also (in many cases) apply for them, so that you don’t have to get redirected all over the web, typing in the same personal information over and over again. Note that we do also include some scholarships with external scholarships, but in this case, we’ll send you to the right place to apply.


Do you protect my private data? Yes! We do not sell personal data to third parties. In fact, we only send your data onwards in two cases:

1. When you hit “Apply” for an independent scholarship, we send your application on to the scholarship provider.

2. When you hit “Learn more” for an institutional college scholarship, we send your details on to the specific college you selected, so that they can reach out to you directly about their financial aid offerings.


Okay… but why should I trust you? Look, we get it. We were once jaded and suspicious students too. The scholarships market can be a shady place. In fact, our poor experience with other scholarship sites is what made us start Going Merry in the first place. Read our origin story here, or watch this talk. Or, if fancy schmancy name-brand college credentials help you trust us more, our team has got that in spades too.


What’s the best way to see for myself? Sign up, of course! Or if you’ve still got burning questions, check out this How it Works post, or contact us using the chat below or via email at [email protected].