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The United States Achievement Academy

kutibahkutibah Registered User Posts: 771 Member
I was recently nominated by my IB Physics 2 teacher to the United States Achievement Academy. They basically only invite top students for a collection of a national yearbook. They request $60 if you'd like the yearbook, or the option to be included without having to buy one.

Is this a scam? I've done research on it and couldn't find anything on whether or not it's a scam other than it has been around for at least 30 years. My teacher claims this is a legitimate program. They also offer 400 grants and a $10,000 scholarship.

If it's not a scam, would this be something I could add to my update package for my ED Deferrment?
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Replies to: The United States Achievement Academy

  • AdmissionsDanielAdmissionsDaniel College Rep Posts: 2,788 Senior Member
    I have never heard of this organization, nor if my memory serves me right I have never seen it on an application either. I am usually quite skeptical when you have to pay to list your name in something (i.e. Who's Who).

    It is your choice if you want to add it to your application, but honestly it will not be a factor for us since it is not a known honor / accomplishment.
  • Phead128Phead128 Registered User Posts: 2,091 Senior Member
    If they include an option of accepting to become a member of the United States Achievement Academy without paying for membership fee and it's teacher recommended, then its legitimate. Most programs such as Who's Who's of America and National Honor Society of Student Scholars etc... charge a ridiculous fee to become a member. I've gotten many of these over the years and I asked my guidance counselor and he said it was a scam the moment he glimpsed it.
  • airman_xairman_x Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    If you want to know what they are all about, check out the BBB link:

    Business Information from the BBB Serving Central and Eastern Kentucky

    They are basically a vanity publication. No one gets turned down. It's similar to publications amateur photographers, song writers and other artists can pay to have their work published.

    Hope this helps.
  • kutibahkutibah Registered User Posts: 771 Member
    Yes, this helps, thanks. I guess it has some merit since your teacher has to nominate you. Either way, I'm not going to buy the yearbook, just check the box that says "include me for free".
  • WealthOfInformationWealthOfInformation Registered User Posts: 2,022 Senior Member
    I haven't heard of it.
  • ll0124ll0124 Registered User Posts: 315 Member
    i just got one of those.

    it seems like a scam, but i'm doing the include my name with no picture for free option.
  • viktoryviktory Registered User Posts: 107 Junior Member
    Lol it's a scam. They send it to tons of kids at my school every year It's like Who Who's.
  • ll0124ll0124 Registered User Posts: 315 Member
    i think it IS who's who.

    like, first it says national yearbook bla bla bla.
    but then somewhere it says 'who's who among honors students'

    assumed it's nothing colleges wanna see?
  • iheartthemusic29iheartthemusic29 Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    I filled out all the paperwork for this and sent in my application for the scholarship. Does anybody know when the winners will be notified (or if they have been already)? Thanks!
  • xamazingnessxxamazingnessx Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    I thought I was special. Guess not. :P

    Yeah, they are pretty much a bs organization...
  • JROTCMELIJROTCMELI Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    well. i know this is really late. but I believe that it is a true organization. I ws recently nominated by my AFJROTC teacher, I am hoping that he knows what he nominated me for. I think i will do it. BUT before i do, I would like to ask: Has anyone here acctually purchased a yearbook and recieved it? isnt it like an ACCTUAL yearbook where you have to pay for one?

    it would really help if i could get a verification on the authencity of this organization.

    please contact me.

    thank you.
  • prityburninflowrprityburninflowr Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    ~ i don't think this is a scam, but i suggest to NOT buy the yearbook because it's expensive

    ~ there is a lot of the same crap they send to you to fill out, but i personally think it's worth it if you end up with a scholarship. make sure to list a lot of activities in the form.

    ~ the people that work for the USAA have a long process of elimination: first a teacher nominates you and you get a "Who's Who Among Honor Students" envelope. if you don't get eliminated then, you get a "Who's Who Among All-American Scholars" envelope. i'm not sure what happens then because that's when i got eliminated, but the next year, they sent me a "Who's Who in Leadership and Service" envelope because i was still in the top 10%. This envelope gave me a second chance at the scholarship. I also got nominated again, so i could've applied either way.

    ~ SUMMARY: fill out the forms, don't buy the yearbook, and make sure to list as many activities as you can when filling out the Student Biography Form.
  • AwathuAwathu Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    It's not a scam. I've been nominated for three different awards from USAA and bought a yearbook for one of them and received it.

    Who's Who is not a scam either. I've been nominated for Who's Who for 4 years and also bought and received a yearbook from them as well. Who's Who also awards students in college as well. I always see the yearbooks for Who's Who recipients in the library on my college campus.

    Whoever keeps posting nonsense about these organizations being a scam is doing a disservice to high school students who could use them for their resumes and to help in applying for colleges.
  • AdmissionsDanielAdmissionsDaniel College Rep Posts: 2,788 Senior Member
    These organizations are not scams. HOWEVER, one should really question whether it is necessary to pay for an "honor" that most Admissions evaluators will ignore when looking at an application. For me, Who's Who, USAA, and other such recognitions that students pay into have little to no value in the admissions review process.

    There are enough honors, achievements, and recognition programs out there that carry much value as students actually earn them, not purchase them.
  • smileywhalesmileywhale Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    hi i was in a similar situation. I was selected for the national society of leadership and success as high school student and they are asking for an 85 dollar fee for admissions. It is their first time having high school kids involved in the program so I wanted to know if this is a legite program and whether I should pay. A lot of prestigious universities are involved in it but I have no clue on the credibility of the source. Could you all help as the deadline for the payment is arriving soon???!!! Thanks
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