For Students

How do I know if I am eligible to apply for the Herb if Forward Scholarship?

Please see the Eligibility Criteria here.

What is the application process?

  • Complete and submit the Herb it Forward application form. Applications are open from October 14, 2016 through January 15, 2017. Submission must be made in English and must be received by 11:59:59 PM EST on January 15, 2017.
  • The 45 scholarship finalists will be announced on March 15, 2017.
  • Recipients of the Herb It Forward Scholarship will be notified of their award amount on April 15, 2017.
  • Scholarship winners will then be eligible to upload a profile on the ‘I Help Educate’ website for further funding from public support.
  • Scholarship funds will be sent directly to recipient’s school prior to the start of the semester.

What are the scholarship amounts?

  • 10 individuals will receive a scholarship of $5,000 each. These 10 will also be invited to attend an annual weekend in Philadelphia consisting of meeting other students and educational activities!
  • 15 individuals will receive a scholarship of $2,500 each.
  • 20 individuals will receive a scholarship of $1,000 each.

** One guaranteed scholarship in each of the above categories will be awarded to a resident from Philadelphia

How can I update the information on my profile if it changes?

At this stage it will not be possible for you to update your information on your own. However in the scenario that you have some information on your profile that needs to be updated, please write to us and we will update it for you!

How safe is my information?

We take all precautions and follow industry best practices to ensure your personal information is not inappropriately lost, misused, accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed. Any personal contact details along with any information that you are uncomfortable sharing will be kept private and undisclosed.

How can I start raising funds through your website?

If you are selected as a Herb it Forward Scholarship recipient, with your assistance we will build your profile to be uploaded on After your profile is live, share your profile link with your extended network – think big (family, friends, Facebook, school teachers, coaches) and ask them to help you pay it forward! Additionally, you can be assured that we will do all we can to spread the word and encourage the public to support you! Every single dollar you are funded will go straight to your academic institution. We do not subtract ANY fees!

I am uncomfortable asking for funds from my network, can you help?

We understand this can be a sensitive topic, so let’s clear some things up.  First education is a gift that can’t be taken away from you. Obtaining a degree will benefit not only you, but your community- it increases your chances of getting a job, earning a higher income, and passing on knowledge to future generations!

The financial cost of education is extremely high, more than most of us can afford and in fact obtaining a debt free education is becoming very challenging! People are already making various contributions, this is just a more creative way of channeling their support towards someone who will really make an impact – YOU!

To help you, we have made a sample email which we would be happy to share with you. Feel free to use the email or elements of it in your communication. If you are still skeptical about raising funds, be assured that we will be doing our best in spreading the word and encouraging the public to support you!

My profile has been uploaded on the website but I do not seem to be raising funds.

While we do our best in raising additional funds for you by spreading awareness about the website, this is something we can’t guarantee as it is up to the discretion of the public on whether they would like to contribute and to whom. We do also encourage all scholarship awardees to share their profiles with their own extended network. Your chances of raising funds are higher in this case since the potential donors would be directly associated with you!

What is the process for receiving the funds raised?

All funds raised will be sent to your school on a semester basis. If your educational institution is on the quarter system we will work with you individually. Please note, all funds raised through the platform will be transferred directly to your educational institution. We can not send money to support your student loans or any other outside expenses.

Am I liable to pay taxes on the funds raised?

Funds collected from our website and paid directly to the academic institution are generally considered to be personal gifts and not taxable. However, we are not professionals in this regard and advise you to contact professional tax advisors in the event that you have any queries so you can verify the information. Please note: all students are responsible for any taxes that might apply.

For Donors

How can I contribute?

  • FUND A STUDENT: View individual student profiles and contribute towards a student’s education! Please note we are extremely unusual in that ALL funds raised are sent to the individual student’s educational institution. We absorb all costs connected with this website.  If the funding you would like to give exceeds the amount allowed on the website please contact us at
  • GIVE THE GIFT OF EDUCATION: Looking for the perfect gift this Holiday Season? Gift the I Help Educate Gift Card! For large quantities or cards with custom corporate logos please contact us at
  • DONATE TO THE FOUNDATION: You can make a tax-deductible contribution to our Herb it Forward Scholarship Fund (HIF) via our partner organization ‘The Philadelphia Foundation’. These funds will be used to support future scholarship awards.
  • CORPORATE MATCHING: Additionally, if your company has corporate matching and would be interested in matching funding by you or your colleagues, let us know! We would be happy to contact them with further details. Contact us at


***For further details on any of the above options, please visit our donor page HERE.

Is my contribution tax-deductible?

Contributions made on are not tax-deductible. It is against the law to make a tax-deductible educational gift to an individual student. However, you are able to make a tax-deductible contribution to our Herb it Forward Scholarship Fund  (HIF) supporting future students via our partner organization “The Philadelphia Foundation.”

Donations can be made through “The Philadelphia Foundation” via all major credit/debit cards. If you would like to be redirected to the Herb if Forward Scholarship Fund on the Philadelphia Foundation website please click HERE.
*Please note a new page will open and you will be redirected to The Philadelphia Foundation website where you can make a donation.


Philadelphia Foundation is a 501c3 partner who implements the HIF scholarships and distributes the funds directly to the colleges. (Please note that Philadelphia Foundation does not distribute the funds made directly to any student, from this website. That is done through I Help Educate.)


To make a tax-deductible gift to the HIF Scholarship Fund by check:

  • Please make checks payable to “The Philadelphia Foundation” with “Herb it Forward” in the memo. Checks can be mailed to:

Hope Paige Designs
Attn: Herb it Forward
100 Front Street, Suite 300
West Conshohocken, PA 19428

All donations made to Philadelphia Foundation are tax-deductible

Is there any way I can help aside from financial contributions?

We understand if you aren’t able to make a financial contribution at this time. You can still help us by spreading the word to your family, friends, and colleagues. Simply share this page or the page of an individual student and help us to pay it forward!

What if a student that I have donated to decides to not pursue their education?

In this scenario, we will hold the funds for one calendar year to give the student a chance to continue with their education. If after one (1) year, they still don’t continue with their education the funds will be contributed to the Herb it Forward Fund to support future scholarship awards.

How do I know that my funds are being used towards tuition only?

Funds donated/raised by I Help Educate and the Herb it Forward Scholarship and are given directly to the educational institutions.

How safe is my information with this website?

You can rest assured knowing that we will never share your information with any other organization or third party.

If there is a problem, whom do I contact?

You can contact us through our contact form, by direct email at, or by phone at 855-766-1446.

How do I get updates about the student(s) I fund?

Funding a student gets you six month updates about each and every student you fund. We want to make sure you follow their amazing progress through school as well as their post secondary plans.  We will also keeps you up- to-date with the latest news regarding the scholarship program. We are planning to launch a gift website in 2017 where the purchases will support the students. You can also join our mailing list using the form at the bottom of the page here.

Gift Cards

What is a Gift card?

The I Help Educate Gift Card enables you to “give” the gift of education to friends, colleagues, or loved ones. You can choose any of the Gift Card options and decide the amount you would like to give. When the recipient receives the card, they will be given the opportunity to browse the student profiles on They can then redeem the Gift Card by directing the full amount to one student, or splitting the card value among multiple students! 100% OF ALL DOLLARS FUNDED GOES DIRECTLY TO THE STUDENT. WE ABSORB ALL FEES! Learn more here.

What are the different types of Gift cards available?

  • Gift Cards: This will be sent as a gift via mail either to you or directly to the recipient. Purchase here.
  • eCards: A quick and easy way to send someone a gift via email, right to their inbox!  This can also be emailed to you if you wish to forward it at a later date. Customize here.
  • Print At Home Cards: Prefer to send the gift at your own convenience? Print the gift card at home. Customize here.

When will I receive the cards?

The physical gift cards will be mailed within 3-5 business days either to you or your recipient. If you are looking for a quicker option, see our eCards (which will be emailed instantly to you or your recipient) or Print-At-Home cards (which you can print instantly and gift at your convenience).

Does the card expire?

Our gift cards do not expire and can be gifted/redeemed at the convenience of the user.

How many can I order?

You are free to order as many gift cards as you wish. For large quantities or cards with custom corporate logos please contact us at

How many students can be supported by one gift card?

Your recipient is free to decide how many students they would like to support with the amount you gift! The full amount of the Gift Card can be directed to either one student or it can also be split among multiple students! 100% OF ALL DOLLARS FUNDED GOES DIRECTLY TO THE STUDENT. WE ABSORB ALL FEES!

How do I redeem a Gift card?

Congratulations! Someone has chosen you to make a difference! Redeeming your gift is simple, just follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the “Fund a Student” tab.
  2. Browse student profiles and select student(s) to support.
  3. Enter the dollar amount for that student on their profile page.
  4. Enter your gift card code at checkout.


What is the Herb it Forward Scholarship?

The scholarship was launched in 2013 in memory of Herb Lotman, a self-made businessman whose lifetime was dedicated to helping others and the community.  The Herb it Forward Scholarship aims to provide financial assistance to further the education of students who demonstrate financial need, and most importantly, are future leaders who will continue to pay it forward making the world a better place.

Is I Help Educate or Herb it Forward backed by or affiliated to any political party/government association/religious institution?

No, neither I Help Educate nor Herb it Forward have any affiliation to any political party, government association or religious institution.

What is the role of Philadelphia Foundation?

Philadelphia Foundation is a 501c3 partner who implements the HIF scholarships and distributes the funds directly to the colleges. (Please note that Philadelphia Foundation does not distribute the funds made directly to any student, from this website. That is done through I Help Educate.)

What is the difference between the Herb it Forward Scholarship and funds raised via I Help Educate?

The Herb it Forward Scholarship is the initial award given to the scholarship finalists ranging from $1000-$5000. This scholarship is a one-time gift given to a shortlisted group of students, after a highly competitive application process. I Help Educate allows these students to raise funds from public support beyond this one-time gift. The student, as long as they are in good standing, can continue to remain on this platform until they complete their education.

Why additional funding if the students have already won a scholarship?

Scholarship winners receive the Herb it Forward Scholarship which is a one- time gift.  Each of these students have been interviewed and vetted by our staff. What the scholarship offers is just a small part of a bigger picture. Since most of their educational paths are multi-year, your funding will help an exceptional group of students continue and complete their education, when lack of funds might have otherwise prevented their completion.