UISAVES Digital Scavenger Hunt on GooseChase
Students across the University of Illinois System are invited to join the UISAVES Digital Scavenger Hunt between February 26 – April 15 for a chance to win a $250 scholarship!
The main goals of this scavenger hunt are to encourage students to take personal initiative towards reaching their financial goals, build financial knowledge, and take steps towards building healthy financial behaviors.
Start the challenge today & turn your goals into reality!
How to Participate
- Download the GooseChase iPhone or Android app.
- Register for an account.
Use your NETID or school email address as your login name
- Search for the appropriate game for your University from the games page in the app.
Urbana-Champaign = "UISAVES at Illinois"
Chicago = "UISAVES at UIC"
Springfield = "UISAVES at UIS"
- Join the game & start completing missions!
How to Win
Participants will be awarded points ranging from 400-1000 for each completed mission. Bonus points will be awarded for verifiable missions. The winner for each University scavenger hunt must earn the highest amount of points. In the event of a tie, additional bonus points will be awarded for creativity based on the opinions of the Student Money Management Center (SMMC) team.
SMMC will post updates on facebook, twitter & instagram about who is winning each week of the UISAVES campaign.
Tips for winning:
- Make sure to use your NETID or school email address as your login name
- Complete all 26 missions for your University’s UISAVES GooseChase
- Ensure all verifiable missions have been completed accurately to get bonus points
- Use creativity when completing missions to get bonus points if there is a tie
In order to qualify for the scholarship, the student must
- Use their NETID or school email address as their login name
- Be enrolled at least part time at the University associated with the game that they completed
- Use the scholarship funds for educational needs
As defined in IRS Publication 970 Tax Benefits for Education, Scholarships are amounts paid for the benefit of an individual to aid in the pursuit of study or research. They are generally paid to or for the benefit of students at an educational institution, to aid in the pursuit of their studies or related research. No past, present or future services are expected in return for these payments, nor are recipients expected to repay them. These payments typically support educational needs, such as, tuition, fees, room, board, supplies and travel, primarily for the benefit of the student's academic development.
Scholarships designated for qualified expenses (i.e. tuition and mandatory fees, books, or supplies) are not taxable income to the recipient. However, scholarship, fellowship and grant payments for unqualified expenses (e.g. room, board, travel, research, and non-mandatory fees, books or supplies) are taxable income to the recipient.
International students may see a reduction in the amount of scholarship funds applied to their student account in accordance with tax laws and treaties with their home countries.
Employees and interns of University Student Financial Services & Cashier Operations (USFSCO) or the USFSCO Student Money Management Center are not eligible to win, though they are welcome to participate.