Announces Rock Star and College Pro Scholarship Winners

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Two high school students win $7,500 in scholarships in the “Cappex Cap Challenge” virtual badge competition

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Cappex scholarship recipients, Maria Zilberman and Walter Chang, will be heading to college this fall.

The Cap Challenge guided me to explore colleges, which allowed me to learn more about them through student reviews, seeing my chances and organizing my application.

A senior who founded her high school’s international humanitarian club and an aspiring musician from Houston were recently awarded college scholarships worth a combined $7,500 by, the leading online destination for finding colleges and scholarships.

Seniors Maria Zilberman and Walter Chang received the scholarships after demonstrating outstanding leadership skills, volunteer activities, and diligence in finding their ideal college fit.

While using, they participated in the Cap Challenge, in which students collect virtual "cap" badges for completing key activities in their college searches. After earning at least 10 badges in the Cap Challenge, students become eligible to apply for special Cappex-sponsored scholarships. Examples of virtual badges include:

  •     Leader (Abe Lincoln hat) : For sharing leadership examples
  •     Artsy (beret): For providing accomplishments in the arts
  •     Volunteer (halo): For detailing how you’ve helped your community
  •     Yeeehaw!!! (cowboy hat): For representing a western state
  •     Road Warrior (roadster): For using the "Cappex Campus Visit Planner" to plan a college road trip
  •     College Reviewer (fedora with press pass): For providing a college review

Zilberman, of North Miami Beach, Fla., qualified for the $5,000 Rock Star Scholarship by collecting 25 badges, but it was her outstanding leadership in founding her high school’s international humanitarian club that won her the scholarship.

“The Cap Challenge guided me to explore colleges, which allowed me to learn more about them through student reviews, seeing my chances and organizing my application,” Zilberman said.

Chang qualified for the College Pro Scholarship by earning 10 virtual badges.

“ improved my college search process tremendously, with all the key facts of each college compiled into one page and several student reviews to provide further perspective,” Chang said. He was awarded the $2,500 scholarship for his dedication as the school orchestra president who helped raise over $30,000 to help the school purchase a new grand piano.

“We started the Cappex Cap Challenge to give students a fun and new way to discover colleges and find matching scholarships,” said Chris Long, Cappex president. “Maria and Walter took on the challenge and also clearly demonstrated their accomplishments improving their respective communities. We were thrilled to award our Cap Challenge scholarships to these deserving students."

Read more at the Cappex blog.

About is a comprehensive college search and scholarship portal that helps students and parents make college decisions. In addition to more than 3,000 college profiles with student reviews and college admission prediction tools like the What Are My Chances® Calculator, allows parents and students to find their match from thousands of scholarships offered by companies and organizations around the U.S. Cappex also provides $11 billion in college-offered scholarships. With more than 3 million student users, is the trusted source to help students find their ideal college fit, and where hundreds of colleges from across the U.S. and beyond go to connect with prospective students.


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