What Information We Collect/How We Use It:
We store and use the information you give us in accordance with the terms of this Policy. Our registration form requests that you provide certain contact and profile information (like your name, e-mail address, postal address, and phone number). Some of the requested information is required in order to receive Graduate Achievement Scholarship Services; other information is optional. The required information is indicated as such on the registration pages of the Graduate Achievement Scholarship Web Site. There are some important reasons why we collect this information:
First: If you are eligible to win the scholarship, we will need to send you an application form;
Second: If you win the scholarship, we will need to contact you and let you know that you have won the scholarship and send you scholarship claim paperwork that you need to fill out in order to claim the scholarship.
Third: Depending on the information you provide to us, there may be colleges and or universities which fit your profile and about which you may be interested. We would like to send you information about those universities and colleges and tell you about the educational opportunities related to those schools.
Fourth: Finally, we use the information in the following ways:
A. to provide you with personalized information via electronic delivery and/or direct mail;
B. to send you targeted advertising via electronic delivery and/or direct mail;
C. to contact you for feedback and surveys via electronic delivery and/or direct mail;
D. to send you general and administrative information about your Graduate Achievement Scholarship membership via electronic delivery and/or direct mail; and
E. to provide your contact information to Graduate Achievement Scholarship marketing partners to allow them to send you special offers via electronic delivery and direct mail.
By providing the information about yourself, you agree to the following statement:
I understand and agree that by providing my personally identifiable information about myself that I may receive commercial bulk email or telephone solicitations from various sponsors or marketing partners of Graduate Achievement Scholarship and I agree to receive such contact even though I may have previously placed my name on a state or federal "Do Not Call" registry.
Depending on the specific Graduate Achievement Scholarship Services for which a user registers, certain category specific information will be requested. We use this additional data to personalize your Graduate Achievement Scholarship experience. By obtaining and using this information, we can provide you with prompt, relevant and individualized service according to your preferences and interests.
Other than the information we require in order to provide one or more Graduate Achievement Scholarship services to you, you do not have to provide any further information. But your election to withhold certain information will limit the value of the Graduate Achievement Scholarship experience for you.
In addition, we might receive information about you from outside sources and add it to your Graduate Achievement Scholarship membership information. We do this to improve personalization of our services (for example, providing better newsletter content, advertising or special offers that we think will interest you).
We also collect information such as the identification of the server your computer is logged onto and whether you opened an Graduate Achievement Scholarship e-mail delivered to you. We also may compare our customer list to lists received from other companies, in an effort to avoid sending identical messages to our members. You can add and modify any of the information you have provided by following the instructions set forth below.
Agents: We employ other companies and individuals to perform certain functions on our behalf. Examples include sending direct and electronic mail, removing duplicate information from customer lists, analyzing data, and providing marketing analysis. These agents have access to member personal information as needed to perform their functions for Graduate Achievement Scholarship, but we do not permit them to use it for other purposes.
Right to Sell/License Data: Graduate Achievement Scholarship may sell and/or license the personal information that you provide to us to third party businesses. These businesses may include providers of direct marketing services and applications, including lookup and reference, data enhancement, suppression and validation, email marketing, and telemarketing.
Access Links: In some instances we may include certain links in our e-mails that will allow us to monitor whether you access specific content or advertisements contained in that e-mail. When you click on one of these links, we will record that click and certain activities on the Web page associated with that link. We may use this information for various purposes - such as to conduct internal research on our users' demographics, interests, and behavior in and to our e-mail advertisements and content, and to better understand and serve you.
Security: The Graduate Achievement Scholarship Web Site has security measures in place intended to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. Our hardware infrastructure is housed in a controlled access facility that restricts access to authorized individuals with positive identification. Our network access to the infrastructure is protected by a firewall protection system. Information is backed up on a periodic basis to protect against accidental loss. However, we can not guarantee that communications between you and Graduate Achievement Scholarship will not be intercepted by others and that information stored on our servers will be free from unauthorized access. While we have taken reasonable precautions to protect this information, you should always use discretion in what information you send to us and not expect that such information will be absolutely free from intrusion.
Reports: We periodically prepare analyses and reports reflecting visitor and member use of the Graduate Achievement Scholarship Web Site and Graduate Achievement Scholarship Service for our internal use as well as for a limited number of our business partners. These reports include aggregate (non-personal) information about Graduate Achievement Scholarship members, and in certain instances, visitors to the Graduate Achievement Scholarship Web Site. The information in these reports will not identify you individually. Our business partners who have access to these reports will not be able to contact you from the information contained in the reports.
Updates: Graduate Achievement Scholarship may revise this Policy at any time in the future to (i) improve or modify the Graduate Achievement Scholarship Service, (ii) reflect future developments in Graduate Achievement Scholarship data information gathering, storing and release practices, (iii) comply with applicable laws, and (iv) reflect changes in Graduate Achievement Scholarship business structure. Accordingly, you should review these terms and policy from time to time to check for updates. Your continued use of the Graduate Achievement Scholarship website shall evidence your acceptance of any changes.
UNSUBSCRIBE: Changing your status to have all of your personally identifiable information removed from our database, please click here to unsubscribe, and enter your email address. At the current time, we are not able to offer users the direct ability to delete their information from our database, but we will be happy to delete such information after we receive a request to that effect. Please be advised that by requesting that your data be removed from our database, you will be unsubscribed from the Graduate Achievement Scholarship Service and you forfeit your eligibility to participate in any Graduate Achievement Scholarship promotions.