Scholarship essay Writing Contests

Scholarship Essay Writing

Official Rules for the Out of the Easy College Scholarship Essay Contest

No purchase necessary. A purchase will not enhance your opportunity to win.

Open to 12th grade full-time matriculated students who are attending high schools located in the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions, or home-schooled students between the ages of 17-18 who are residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions.

How to Enter:
  1. To enter the Out of the Easy College Scholarship Essay Contest (the "Contest"), read these Official Rules and write an essay based on the following topic:

    Ruta Sepetys' new book, Out of the Easy, references the following quote from Charles Dickens' David Copperfield: "Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show." How does this quote relate to the journey of the characters in Out of the Easy and also to your personal journey as you prepare for college?

  2. Essays must be submitted as exactly three double-spaced pages in length (no more or less), single or double-sided pages, in 12-point Times Roman with one-inch margins all around. Full-time matriculated students must have their essays submitted by their English teacher, school librarian, guidance counselor or other college application mentor. Home-schooled students must have their essays submitted through their parent or legal guardian.
  3. Essays can be uploaded to the contest page via the submission form. All submissions must be accompanied by a completed entry form, which should include: the student's first and last name, grade, mailing address, home telephone number, email address, school name, and name, telephone and email address of their English teacher, school librarian, guidance counselor or other college application mentor, or if home-schooled, the name, telephone and email address of their parent or legal guardian.
  4. Contest begins February 1, 2014. To be eligible, all emailed entries must be received no later than June 15, 2014, 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time. All mailed entries must be postmarked by June 8, 2014 and received on or by June 15, 2014.
  5. Entries will not be returned. By entering the Contest, contestants agree to abide by these rules, and represent and warrant that the entries are their own and original creations, and do not violate or infringe the rights, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademark rights or rights of publicity/privacy, of any third party.
  6. Entries are void if they are in whole or in part illegible, incomplete or damaged. Penguin Young Readers Group, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. ("Sponsor") assumes no responsibility for late, lost, damaged, incomplete, illegible, postage due or misdirected mail entries. Sponsor and its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies are not responsible for technical malfunctions of any kind which may limit the ability to participate, or by any human error which may occur in the processing of the entries. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of being conducted as described in these rules, Sponsor shall have the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest.

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