Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation Reaches One Million Registrants

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The Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation exceeds one million participants. CKSF is a scholarship program where average students earn scholarships by taking short online quizzes, not by writing long essays. Anyone, including parents, can win.

Writing essays and filling out applications are tedious tasks. With CKSF, I can even earn my tuition back as I take my college courses. - Kitying Shin, CKSF participant

For thirteen years, high school and college students have been signing up with the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF) to win scholarships by testing what they know. On June 7, CKSF celebrated its millionth registrant, a high school senior from Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas.

The first Common Knowledge Scholarship was created in 2001 to reward average students who had well-rounded, practical knowledge. The Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation found a niche in creating scholarships that utilize online quizzes instead of essays and GPA. This method proved to give every student a real chance to win money for college. Since then, CKSF has developed a wide variety of scholarship and academic enrichment programs for students of all ages.

To date, the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation has awarded over $350,000 and more than 800 scholarships to students. Many of the scholarships are funded by unexpected donations, which allow students to participate for free. Though participants range from high school to graduate students, winners have also included parents who have assigned scholarships to their children.

In 2004, CKSF administered scholarship quizzes based on information from websites such as the Miami Dolphins and the FBI. The success of those scholarships gave way to other partnerships with organizations including the United Way, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Nova Southeastern University (NSU).

The effectiveness of the FBI Scholarship also led the Miami FBI Crimes Against Children Unit and CKSF to team up and create the USA-SOS (Safe Online Surfing) Internet Challenge, an internet safety program designed to help students become responsible cyber citizens. More of a social good rather than a scholarship, the program awards students with prizes and trophies.

“Helping average students pay for college is absolutely the best job ever,” said Daryl Hulce, CKSF founder and president. “The ability to bring students and their parents together to earn scholarships is a rewarding opportunity.”

Today, CKSF administers several new contests each month and continues to grow at a rate of approximately 600 to 1,000 new students per day.

About Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation
Developed and administered at Nova Southeastern University’s Fischler School of Education, the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF) creates unique opportunities for students of all ages by awarding scholarships and prizes through the use of Internet-based quiz competitions. Students who answer the greatest number of questions correctly in the shortest amount of time are declared contest winners. Since 2001, CKSF has awarded over $350,000 to 800 participants in the United States. CKSF scholarships can be used at the school of the winners’ choice. For more information on CKSF, please visit

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