Community Scholarship Program
We Want You!
The digital age has opened a lot of doors and opportunities for people to see the world in a bigger picture. People have started to become more aware of their environment which helps them mold their opinions, perspectives and determine their actions. Our community scholarship program is suited for you.
Many Americans go about their daily tasks and routines that often seem passive about people and events surrounding them. America needs innovators, game changers, critical thinkers, problem-solvers – people who have the heart to stand up and make a positive difference. Are you up to the challenge?
This contest is available to US citizens and permanent residents who reside in Hampton Roads. All applicants must currently study and live in the area.
Eligible contestants will range from high school juniors to college freshmen. Students in any form of educational schooling can qualify for application.
Three winners will be selected; First place will receive a community scholarship program worth 3,000 dollars, second place will receive a community scholarship program worth 1,500 dollars, and third place will receive a community scholarship program worth 500 dollars. The award will be credited towards the winner’s university or college of choice.
Option A: How can you make a difference in your community? Share your thoughts about how you can make a difference and what you can do to realize it. Compose your essay in no less than 1500 words but not go beyond 2000. The tone should be experiential. Avoid writing in a biography format.
Option B: Find someone whom you have known to have made a difference in your community or state. Engage the person in an interview. Please have questions ready beforehand.Make sure to develop questions that will help you clarify points or gain more information regarding the essay question. The same formatting guidelines apply as with Option A.
For example, ask politely about their life as an American and what common challenges they face. Ask about their feelings on their choice of career before and after pursuing it. Talk about their interests and plans for the future.
The final product will be assessed by correct use of grammar mechanics, creativity, and whether the participant answered the essay question.
The essay must have a thesis statement which clearly and coherently expresses the main topic of the paper and also responds to the objective.
All submissions must contain supporting evidence. Each paragraph must contain evidence that supports one idea or concept that proves the thesis statement.
The writer must provide citations for evidence.
Each essay must follow basic rules of format and grammar. Every paper must contain an introductory paragraph, a body, and a conclusion. Grammar is essential for essay composition.
Deductions will be taken from sentence fragments, misspellings, and improper punctuation.
Admissions must be submitted electronically by email to the VA Real Estate Solutions website by Friday, September 15, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST. Late entries will be automatically disqualified.Please email submit all questions through our official Facebook Page.
By submitting, you are acknowledging that you have read and understood the guidelines of the competition thoroughly and that the piece is of your own work/composition.
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Rules and Regulations
Before beginning, please read the following: Do not disqualify yourself by not adhering to the rules and regulations
1. The essay must be the participant’s original work (finalists’ will have their pieces scanned for plagiarism).
2. Contestants will only be allowed to submit one essay each.
3. Essays must strictly contain 1500-2000 words (the cover page, title, and citations do not contribute to the overall word count. A word count of 1499 words is not acceptable – all rules are firm).
4. Use quotations sparingly and clearly identify all sources. Contestants may use any form of citation as long as credit is given where due.
5. Submissions must be written in English, double-spaced, Times New Roman, and in 12 pt. Font.
6. Entries must be received by the stated deadline in MS Word file as an email attachment. Please send email to: Scholarship@VaRealEstateSolutions.com
7. The cover sheet is to be the first page of the attached essay, not a separate attachment.
8. Identify the Word document by the last name, first name format
The following items are required on the cover sheet and will not be included in the overall word count:
1. Full Name
2. Address, City, State, and Zip-Code
3. Phone Number and E-Mail Address (if contact info is missing, we can’t notify you if you win)
4. Date of Birth
5. Grade Currently Enrolled In School
6. Full Name and Address of School Attending
7. English Teacher’s Name & Email Address
8. Overall word count (Excluding Cover Sheet and citations, if any).
9. Include the statement: “I have read and understood the guidelines. The essay submitted is my original composition.”
10. The source where you heard about the scholarship competition.
Contestants found in violation of the rules will be disqualified from the contest. Plagiarism, if identified, will result in competition elimination. The participant will be ineligible to compete in any future competitions administered by VA Real Estate Solutions.
When found to be in violation of the stated rules after receipt of the award, it shall be forfeited and the entire amount returned to organizers.
We withhold the right to publish the winners name and essay. We also reserve the right to void the contest for any reason.