Essay Contest: Why Education Matters

High School Seniors Can Win $1000

To affirm our commitment to academic excellence, the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) and F3 Student AwardsTM (F3) have created an annual essay contest awarding five education awards of $1,000 each for high school students.


TOPIC: Why Education Matters

How do you define success and the role of education in helping you achieve your goal? What are your unique passions and interests? Tell us how you plan to use these personal qualities and experiences to achieve your plans for the future.

PRIZES: Each of the five winners of the CALSA / F3 "Why Education Matters Essay" Contest will receive a $1000 education award.

ELIGIBILITY: Eligibility for the education awards is reserved exclusively for seniors attending a public high school in California and planning to attend a community college or a four-year university upon graduation in June 2019.

DISCLAIMER: CALSA and F3 do not assume responsibility for lost, late, misdirected, and illegible entries, all of which will be disqualified.



Contest Rules

The five winners of the Why Education Matters Essay Contest will each be awarded a $1000 education award. Eligibility is reserved exclusively for high school seniors.

The student entrant must not put his/her name, address, school site, or school district on the essay.

Each student entry must include the student's telephone number, including area code, in the upper right hand corner of each page. It must be the same number as that listed on the application form.

Essay must be submitted only as a Word document or as a pdf. Do not submit Google Docs, rtf, or other text formats.

F3 will forward entries to judges selected by CALSA for assessment. Essays will be assessed on content and style, including but not limited to passion, clear, articulate, and logical organization, development of ideas expressed, insight, creativity, and completeness and consistency in the use of language, variety in sentence structure, range of vocabulary, use of proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

  • Essays must be solely the work of the student entrant. Plagiarized essays will be disqualified.
  • Entrants must submit only one essay.
  • Decisions of the judges are final.
  • All entries become property of CALSA and F3. They will not be returned.

Award winners will be notified by April, 2019. The likelihood of winning will depend upon the quality of all other entries as judged by the criteria stated above. Prizes are nontransferable. All prizes will be awarded. Competition is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state, or local taxes.

Essays must be original, not in the public domain, factually accurate, and must not infringe or violate any law or the legal or equitable right of any person or entity, nor contain material that infringes or violates any personal property rights of others or that constitutes defamation, invasion of privacy, an infringement of the intellectual property rights of any third person, or is otherwise unlawful. By submitting an essay, each student acknowledges his or her understanding of and compliance with these rules. CALSA and F3 reserve the right to disqualify any entry deemed inappropriate for publication, at their discretion.

Within 10 days of the date specified in the notification, winners and, for students 17 years of age or younger, their parents/guardians, will be required to execute an affidavit of originality, eligibility, and compliance with rules, a release of liability, and a grant of publication rights, or the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner. Winners must provide a street address where CALSA and/or F3 can mail the winners a publicity release, affidavit of eligibility, and, if applicable, a tax form.

All essays and all rights to their publication become the property of CALSA and/or F3, which may use, edit, and excerpt these entries for promotional or any other purpose, including placing them online without attribution or compensation, additional or otherwise. CALSA and F3 reserve the right to use winners' names and other biographical data, including but not limited to, hometowns, schools and school districts of attendance, in any advertising or promotional materials relating to this competition without further notification, permission, or compensation to the winners, except where prohibited by law.

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