• When can I submit my essay?
    • Applications may be submitted prior to 11:59 PM Central Time on May 19, 2017.
    • What is the essay about?
    • In English, compose an essay consisting of 2000 characters (approx. 400 words) about a personal, inspirational story about how the work you put in ahead of time helped you overcome adversity to achieve a specific goal or dream.
    • Who is eligible to apply?
    • Anyone who will be a full-time student at a college or university between August 1, 2017 and August 1, 2018 is encouraged to apply. This usually includes everyone from current high-school seniors to college juniors.
    • Who is eligible to judge?
    • Due to fraudulent voting practices in previous contests, we're limiting voting to one vote per application per location (IP Address). A screening committee selected by Mometrix will judge during the second stage.
    • When does the first stage begin and end? How are essays judged in the first stage?
    • The first stage has already started and ends at 11:59 PM Central Time on June 1, 2017. Essays are voted on by the public during the first stage. The top ten (10) essays that receive the most votes by site visitors will advance to the second stage. Up to an additional ten (10) essays will be chosen by Mometrix staff to also advance to the second stage.
    • How do I get more votes for my submission?
    • Mometrix offers many technological tools to help you spread the word through email and on social networks to promote your essay. Also, submit your essay as soon as possible. The earlier you submit your essay, the longer it will be posted on our site – and the longer it is posted on our site, the more opportunities people have to vote for it.
    • How are essays judged?
    • Second stage essays are judged by a screening committee selected by Mometrix. Three (3) scholarship recipients will be notified by email on or about June 9, 2017.
    • How will my personal information be used?
    • A minimal amount of personal information is needed to verify your submission and provide a means of contact should you become a scholarship recipient. This information is used for our records only and we will not share your personal information with any third-parties. If you are a winner, we will post a photo provided by you and a one or two-sentence biography on our website profiling you as a winner.
    • How much could I win? How will the money be delivered?
    • First place will receive a $2,500 college scholarship, second place will receive a $1,000 college scholarship, and third place will receive a $500 scholarship. Each scholarship will be paid directly to the scholarship recipient's university.