Effective Date: July 13, 2023

The Privacy Policy (“Privacy Policy”) describes how your personal information is collected, used, and shared when you visit or use the, Inc. (“Bold”) website ( (the “Site”) and when you use and engage our services (“Services”) which includes Personal Information collected via email, SMS, telephone, social media accounts, or other means. At Bold, your privacy is a top priority. By using or accessing the Site or Services, you acknowledge our practices and processing of your information as described in this Privacy Policy.

Please click here for a printable PDF version of this Privacy Policy.

Our Privacy Policy does not apply to services offered by other companies or individuals, including products or sites that may be displayed to you, or other sites linked from our Services. Our Privacy Policy does not cover the information practices of other companies and organizations who advertise our Services on other websites.

In addition, we may from time to time add new sites that may not be listed in this Privacy Policy which are also considered the Site.

Residents in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Utah, and Virginia should refer to the body of this Privacy Policy as well as the section below for additional information that may be applicable to them.

Your Information That We Collect

We use the term “personal information” to refer to any information that identifies or can be used to identify you. Common examples of personal information include: name, email address, and IP address and information about a device.        

Information that you provide to us:

If you are an applicant, we collect personal information from you that includes personal identifiers (such as your name, username, email address, and address), education information (such as your school name, level of education, major, GPA, and standardized test scores), information that may be considered “sensitive” under certain laws (such as citizenship status, ethnicity, religion, age, and gender), financial information (such as your bank account or loan information, including household income, balance and transaction information--including the amount of payments, debits, and deposits--loan balance, interest rate on the loan, and your payment history), and such other information as we may require to provide our Services. Note, that we do not access your personal information directly, however, we may need to access your account as an administrator in order to provide the Services as necessary to remediate any technical bugs or other issues and to improve the Services.

If you are a donor, we collect personal information from you that includes personal identifiers (such as your name, phone number, email address), location (such as your city and state), financial information required to make donations (such as bank account information), and such other information as we may require to provide our Services. Financial information is provided directly to our service provider(s); we do not directly handle donor financial information.

If you contact us, we may collect personal identifiers (such as your name and email address), the contents of your message, and additional information such as your location, and any personal information that you provide in your contact request. We also receive information through your communications with us by email, phone or a physical mail.

We may receive your contact information (including your name, telephone number, and email address) and/or professional or business-related information (including your business address), through our interactions with you in a business-to-business capacity, such as when your business provides services to us, or when we work together on a project, or when we discuss business opportunities. We may contact you with information about our business dealings, news, and opportunities, and we may use your information in the normal course of our business operations.

Information collected from other sources:

If you post information on a webpage we establish on a social media platform, we may use the information you provide for purposes of providing a response, to promote our business and services, and otherwise in the normal course of our business operations. We may collect personal identifiers (such as your social media username) and other personal information that you have made available to us through the webpage we established on the social media platform, in accordance with the platform rules and/or applicable law. Note that the third-party operators of social media websites also receive such information, and their use of your personal information is governed by their own privacy policies.

Information automatically collected (through cookies and similar technologies):

When you visit the Site, we and our partners (such as advertising partners and analytics providers) automatically collect certain information about you and your device, including personal identifiers (such as your IP address) and Internet or other electronic network activity information (such as your web browser, and time zone). Additionally, as you browse the Site, we collect information about the individual web pages or products that you view, what websites or search terms referred you to the Site, and information about how you interact with the Site. This information is collected using the following technologies:

  • “Cookies” are data files that are placed on your device or computer and often include an anonymous unique identifier. For more information about cookies, and how to disable cookies, visit
  • “Log files” track actions occurring on the Site, and collect data including your IP address, browser type, Internet service provider, referring/exit pages, and date/time stamps.
  • “Web beacons,” “tags,” and “pixels” are electronic files used to record information about how you browse the Site.

For example, we use Google Analytics to help us understand how our customers use the Site. You can read more about how Google uses your information here. You can also opt-out of Google Analytics here.

Please see our for more details. With respect to any social media platforms on which we have established a webpage, please see the privacy policies and any cookie policies of the applicable social media platform as to their automated data collection practices.

How We Use Your Information

We use your personal information in ways that are compatible with the business and commercial purposes for which it was collected or authorized by you, including for the following purposes.

  • To provide the Service. We use your information to provide our Services, including to help determine eligibility for scholarship opportunities and to provide such information as part of applicant profiles that are included alongside scholarship applications.
  • For anti-fraud purposes and to improve our Site. We use information that we collect to help us screen for potential risk and fraud (in particular, your IP address), and more generally to improve and optimize our Site (for example, by generating analytics about how our customers browse and interact with the Site).
  • To authorize access to our Sites and Services.
  • To customize or tailor your experience of the Services.
  • To communicate about, and administer your participation in our Services and to deliver pertinent emails.
  • To improve our customer service.
  • To respond to and support users regarding their use of the Sites and Services.
  • To comply with all applicable legal requirements.

For applicants, when you register for an account, you will be able to create a financial dashboard within your account that permits you to connect your bank accounts and loans to initiate and permit payments. For donors, when you register for an account, you will be able to provide financial account information that permits you to make donations. Bold does not collect any financial, bank or payment information directly from you. All transactions are handled by a third party payment processor. By using Bold’s Services, you agree that Bold may share your financial, bank or payment information with the third party payment processor.

How We Share Your Information

We may share any of the categories of personal information listed above for our commercial and other business purposes as described below.

Partners (such as scholarship providers, academic institutions, consumer reward providers, data partners (including data modeling, AI and LLM training, big data, and data appending), fraud prevention and detection providers, identity services or identity graph providers, market research providers, healthtech, insuretech, and fintech providers, and bipartisan political campaigns):

  • We may sell to or share your information with, and generate revenue from, scholarship providers, applicable academic institutions, and other third parties in which you have expressed interest while using the Site. Of course, you can opt-out