Scholarship is more than money!
Developed and administered at Nova Southeastern University, the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates and delivers innovative scholarship and educational programs for students of all ages through the use of internet-based quiz competitions.
Our goal is to develop innovative scholarship opportunities that all students have a real chance to win without regard to their academic standing (grade point average).
Established in January of 2000, CKSF has developed a wide variety of scholarship and academic enrichment programs for students of all ages. To date, CKSF has awarded over $475,000, resulting in more than 900 scholarships to students.
CKSF administered scholarship quizzes based on information from websites such as the Miami Dolphins and the FBI. The results demonstrated that students are willing to study and learn new information in order to win a scholarship.
In 2004 CKSF created the Safe Online Surfing (SOS) Internet Challenge, in conjunction with the Miami FBI Crimes Against Children Unit.
In 2014 CKSF administered the Bullying Academy program. The Bullying academy was created to help students and educators recognize the dangers of bullying, including cyberbullying.
How it worked
From 2000 through 2018, CKSF used the information in the students profile to determine eligibility for specific scholarship quizzes. Those quizzes then automatically appear in the student’s account. Students receive 500 points for every correct answer and lose one point for every second it takes you to answer the question. The eligible person(s) with the most points at the end of each scholarship competition is the winner.
Many lessons were learned along the way. Some of the lessons led us to believe there was a far better way to award money for higher education. Probably the most important lesson learned was that donors want to know something about the person who wins their money. We rarely if ever got to meet our winners and sadly, most of our winners did not make an effort to thank the donors. The next lesson was that many scholarship recipients did not complete their degrees so the funding seemed t be "wasted." And this led us to rethink how we give scholarships and we developed the Last Mile Scholarship.