Thank you for your interest in the International College Counselors Scholarship.
All students in 9th through 11th grade are eligible to participate. An essay is required that answers the question:
Brag about your high school or homeschool experience. What do you like best about it?
Two winners will be selected: One (1) from Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach County; and one (1) at large winner from anywhere in the world, domestic or international. Both winners will receive a $250 scholarship provided by International College Counselors. The goal of the International College Counselors High School Essay Contest is to increase awareness of the value of higher education among high school students in the local area.
ARRANGEMENTS AND RULES
Write an essay that addresses the following topic:
Brag about your high school or homeschool experience. What do you like best about it?
- 500 Word Essay
- Current high school student (9th-11th Grade)
- One submittal per contestant
- Entries must be submitted via mail to:
International College Counselors: 3107 Stirling Road, Suite 208 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
There will be two awards of $250 Student Scholarships for winning essays.
Essay Deadline: March 30, 2018
OFFICIAL RULES AND GUIDELINESELIGIBILITY
- International College Counselors Scholarship is open to all 9th-11th grade high school students. Two winners will be selected: One (1) from Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach County; and one (1) at large winner from anywhere in the world, domestic or international. Home schooled students and International students are eligible. Winners will be notified the week of May 1, 2018.
- Two winning essays will be selected, and winners will each receive a $250 International College Counselors scholarship payable to the winner or the college/university, certified trade school in the United States.
- Winners names will be posted on the International College Counselors website: https://www.internationalcollegecounselors.com
- Contestants must compose and submit an original essay in English of no longer than five hundred (500) words that addresses the following topic: Brag about your high school or homeschool experience. What do you like best about it?
- MAIL SUBMISSIONS INSTRUCTIONS: Students MUST submit their essays via mail. Entries must be postmarked no later than March 30, 2018. Entries that arrive after the entry deadline will not be accepted under any circumstances.
- Each student may enter only one essay.
- Each contestant must prepare his or her own essay.
- Essays submitted must include contestant’s name, home address, telephone number, school the student attends, grade level, title of the essay and a word count.
- All submissions must be accompanied by a completed Official Student Registration Form available here
- Scholarship Application Form
- The entry form must be signed by the student’s legal guardian in the space provided.
- Privacy of contestant information will be strictly safeguarded, will not be published (except to announce name and schools of winners), and will not be used for any purpose not strictly related to this essay contest.
- Home-schooled and International students may apply as long as your course of study is equivalent to that of a junior in high school.
- It is not necessary for a student to have a sponsoring teacher in order to participate in this contest.
- A copy of the two winning 1st place essays may be submitted to local newspapers for possible publication.
- All submissions must be post marked by March 30, 2018
- Entries will be judged for the accuracy and relevance of content, originality, clarity, insight, and the quality of the writing (including spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.). The winners will be selected by the International College Counselors Essay Contest Judging Committee. Decisions of the Judging Committee are final.
- Entries will be judged anonymously and will not be returned to students. Each essay submitted must be the work of one student and may not be the collective work of more than one student. By submitting an essay, applicants certify that their essays are original, authored solely by them and that in writing their essay they did not plagiarize or otherwise infringe upon the rights of any third parties.
- Winners will be notified by mail, phone, and/or email. We apologize in advance that we won’t be able to respond to everyone who is not selected as a finalist due to the number of entries we expect. We wholeheartedly appreciate your participation, and we wish we could let everyone know how much we liked his or her thoughts.
- International College Counselors does not share personal information provided explicitly through this web site, or gathered implicitly via web server log files, with any other entity for any purpose whatsoever, with limited exception including announcing the winners of the annual International College Counselors Scholarship essay competition.
International College Counselors Scholarship Entrants
- Personal information collected on the entry form is used by International College Counselors to properly classify the entry and, in the event the entry is awarded a prize, to contact the winner. Students must acknowledge that the International College Counselors may publish winning essays. Publication may occur on this web site or in an e-mail. International College Counselors will announce winners and post winning essays on this web site on the contest page. Winners will be identified on this web site by name, grade and school affiliation only. International College Counselors may notify a winner’s school and/or local newspaper of the student’s accomplishment.
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Information provided through the Contact Us form is used by International College Counselors solely to respond to the inquiry.
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About the award
The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalism Education Association want to increase high school students’ knowledge and understanding of the importance of independent media to our lives. National winners of this essay contest receive scholarship awards.
Who is eligible?
All students enrolled in grades 9-12 in U.S. public, private and home schools within the United States. Students must submit original work.
The essay should be 300-500 words. Entries may be typed or handwritten but must be double-spaced.
Entries may be submitted online as a PDF using this form, or mailed to JEA headquarters using this form.
Each submission to the High School Essay Contest must be accompanied by a $5 entry fee. Entrants submitting online must use a credit card, and entrants submitting by mail may pay by check or credit card and should indicate the preferred payment option on the entry form. Checks should be made out to the Journalism Education Association. Entries submitted without the required entry fee will be disqualified.
Send mailed entries to:
Journalism Education Association
ATTN: SPJ/JEA High School Essay Contest
105 Kedzie Hall
828 Mid-Campus Dr. S
Manhattan, KS 66506
Postmark/upload deadline: Feb. 23, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Central time/9:59 p.m. Pacific time.
Essays will be accepted beginning Nov. 3, 2017.
First Place: $1,000 scholarship
Second Place: $500 scholarship
Third Place: $300 scholarship
Scholarships are funded by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Winners will be notified via email, and the names of winners will be announced at the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention. Winning essays also will be posted on jea.org and spj.org.
Section I – General Rules
1. Contestants must enter through JEA headquarters.
2. Contestants must compose an original essay with limited guidance from others.
3. The Journalism Education Association and Society of Professional Journalists will have the right to edit, publish or otherwise duplicate any essay entered into the contest without payment to the author.
4. Due to the volume of entries received, only national winners will be contacted with the results.
5. The entry fee for this contest is $5 per essay.
Section II – Qualifications for Contestants
1. The contest is open to all students in grades 9-12 in public, private and home schools within the United States.
2. Contestants may submit only one essay entry during any given contest year.
3. No individual having previously won a national SPJ Essay Scholarship will be eligible to compete at any level of the competition again.
Section III – Contest Rules
1. Participants must write on the official topic.
2. Each entry must include the Contest Entry Title Page (entry form) or submit a cover page containing the same information found on the Entry Form.
3. Essays may be typewritten or legibly handwritten but must be double-spaced.
4. Essays must contain at least 300 words but no more than 500 words. Every word of the essay is counted. This does not include the title, bibliography or footnotes.
5. Any quotations or copyrighted material used in the essay must be identified properly. Failure to identify non-original material will result in disqualification.
6. Essays must be written in English.
7. Mailed entries must be stapled together in the upper left-hand corner.
8. Any protest in the conduct of the contest must be made immediately. The JEA executive director will decide all protests in conformity with the contest rules. The decision of the executive director is final, and no higher appeals will be recognized.
Section IV – Judging and Timing
1. Judging will be completed by a panel of qualified judges.
2. Judges will not discuss or compare essays being judged until all essays have been judged.
3. Only judges can assign a penalty or award points.
Section V – Scoring of Contest
Scoring procedures at all levels of the contest will be identical.
1. Material Organization (Logical interpretation of the subject, adherence to topic): 40 points
2. Vocabulary and Style (Phrasing and continuity): 30 points
3. Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling: 20 points
4. Neatness: 5 points
5. Adherence to contest rules (prepared in the proper format): 5 points
— First Place, $1,000 Scholarship Winner:
Lauryn Wu, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria
— Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winners (tie): Aliza Diepenbrock, Spring Street International School, Friday Harbor, Washington; Carolyn Harper, Bob Jones High School, Madison
— Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Eileen Yang, Peddie School, Hightstown, New Jersey
— First Place, $1,000 Scholarship Winner: Simon Levien, Sparta High School, Sparta, New Jersey
— Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: David Oks, The Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, New York
— Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Christine Condon, Dulaney High School, Timonium, Maryland
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— Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Sania Chandrani, Parkview High School, Liburn, Georgia. Read essay [PDF]
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— Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Phoebe Fox of La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls in Honolulu, Hawaii. Read essay [PDF]
— Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Jacob Bloch of Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington, N.Y. Read essay [PDF]
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— Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Niisackey Mills of South Plainfield High School in South Plainfield, N.J. Read essay [PDF]
— Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Dustin Chandler of East Burke High School in Connellys Springs, N.C. Read essay [PDF]
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— Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Shaun Moran of St. Augustine Prep School in Richland, N.J. Read essay [PDF]
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— Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Shaj Mathew of Huntingtown High School in Huntingtown, Md.
— Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Xiaonan “April” Hu of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va.
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— Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Victor Hollenberg of Staples High School, Westport, Conn.
— Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Alyssa Patrick of Eisenhower High School, Yakima, Wash.
— First Place, $1,000 Scholarship Winner: Mark Brouch, Aurora Central Catholic High School, Aurora, Ill.
— Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Evan Rich, Jericho High School, Jericho, N.Y.
— Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Danna Seligman, Newbury Park High School, Newbury Park, Ca.
— First Place, $1,000 Scholarship Winner: David Kelly, Broomfield High School, Broomfield, Colo.
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— Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Erin Gowdy, Bob Jones High School, Madison, Ala.
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— Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Jonathan Homrighausen of Sunnyside High School in Sunnyside, Wash.
— Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Amy Brooks of Clayton High School in Clayton, Mo.
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— Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Zachory John Drisko, Green Hope High School, Cary, N.C.
— Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Katie Roberts, Home schooled, Walnut Shade, Mo.
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— Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Joey Muffler, Bishop Ireton High School Alexandria, VA
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