Scott Wright Student Essay Contest

The annual Scott Wright Student Essay Contest hosted by Community College Week and NISOD honors Scott Wright, past editor of Community College Week (1995–2000), recipient of the 1998 Award for Excellence in Higher Education Journalism, and the reporter who brought national attention to developmental education and the unique mission community colleges possess in providing an accessible education.

Student authors are asked to describe a faculty member, staff member, or administrator who encouraged them to complete a course, finish a semester, or graduate from college, and how that encouragement helped them reach their goal(s) in 500 words or less.

The Prize:

  • Three (3) winning student authors will each receive a $1,000 check.
  • ​Each winning student author will receive a complimentary conference registration to the 2017 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence (May 27-30 in Austin, Texas), complimentary hotel room (maximum three (3) nights), and up to $400 towards transportation costs to the conference.
  • The featured faculty members, staff members, or administrators in the winning essays will each receive a $1,000 check, a complimentary conference registration to the 2017 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence (May 27-30 in Austin, Texas), complimentary hotel room (maximum three (3) nights), and up to $400 towards transportation costs conference.
  • Each winning student author’s college will receive a complimentary 2017-2018 membership (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018).
  • The winning student essays will be published on Community College Week's and NISOD’s websites along with the photos and names of the winning student authors; the featured employees; and the winning student authors' college presidents.

Timeline:

  • Begin accepting submissions: August 29, 2016
  • Submission deadline: February 3, 2017
  • ​Winners notified: March 16, 2017
  • Winners' photos due: April 17, 2017
  • Prize & essay presentations at NISOD conference: May 28, 2017

Ready to Submit?

NOTE: You must review the criteria and terms before submitting an essay.

Criteria and Terms


For Member College Liaisons - Spread the Word!
We have designed a promotional flyer you can download and post on your campus to promote the Community College Week/NISOD Scott Wright Student Essay Contest. We hope you will make information about this contest available to all faculty members, staff members, administrators, and students at your institution.

Visit FAQs or contact Jenni Peters at jenni@nisod.org / (512) 471-7545 for additional information.


Past Student Essay Contest Winners: 

 

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