- About 1/4 simply wanted to verify information on the application.
- About 3/4 are looking for poor behavior on the part of the applicant, such that it could reflect badly on the scholarship provider. Examples included underage drinking, provocative pictures, illegal drug use or racial slurs.
- More than 50 percent wanted to get to know the applicant better or were looking for positive traits such as creativity or good communication skills.
- About 1/3 said that they have denied a scholarship to an applicant because of something they found online.
- About 1/4 said that something they found online prompted them to grant an applicant a scholarship.
In another example of what not to do online, in 2008, then Mayor Carmen Kontur-Gronquist of Arlington, OR was forced out of office after images on MySpace, one of which is shown above, were discovered by the townsfolk.
Lesson learned: what's posted to the Internet, stays on the Internet.