Tech startup creates scholarship search engine to help with college payments

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GoodCall, a tech startup based in Charlotte, South Carolina, recently started a search engine to help students and their families more easily find and apply for college scholarships.

The program, called GoodCall Scholarship Search, aims to help people fight the rising cost of higher education by improving the accessibility to private scholarships. 

“With the average cost of a four-year degree totaling more than $130,000, it is important that families have tools and resources at their disposal to make college tuition more affordable,” Eppie Vojt, GoodCall founder, said. “We’re crawling thousands of scholarship provider websites and using proprietary search technology to provide the most comprehensive and accessible scholarship database on the web.”

The site includes scam detection technology to protect students from identity theft, and users will not be required to reveal their personal information.

“The goal of GoodCall is to liberate data from behind paywalls and registration forms, creating a 100 percent open environment for users," Vojt said. "Unlike other scholarship sites, we never sell students’ information to third party marketing groups. Within the first week of the GoodCall site go-live, we’ve already helped hundreds of students across the country find scholarships that will reduce their tuition bills come September – and the feedback has been immensely positive.”

The site is already being recommended by a number of schools around the country. 

“The biggest challenges my students face when applying to private scholarships is being overwhelmed, feeling they do not have a chance, and feeling the time to apply is not worth a small chance,” Renee Rudolph, student engagement and scholarship coordinator for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, said. “GoodCall provides a great visual tool that may just reduce the ‘burden’ of applying for scholarships.”

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