Scott Wright Student Essay Contest 2018-06-13T14:41:17+00:00

Scott Wright Student Essay Contest

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The 2018 Scott Wright Student Essay Contest has now closed. Thank you to everyone who has submitted! WE ARE VERY PLEASED BY THE OUTSTANDING RANGE AND QUALITY OF ESSAYS WE’VE RECEIVED.  Submitted essays will be reviewed and notifications will be sent out on March 16, 2018.

Congratulate the 2018 student authors and read their inspirational essays.

The annual Scott Wright Student Essay Contest is in honor of Scott Wright (July 27, 1964 ­- June 08, 2003), past editor of Community College Week, 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 a 500 words or less essay. Only students currently enrolled at NISOD-member colleges are eligible.

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 2018 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence (May 26-29 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 2018 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence (May 26-29 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 2018-2019 membership (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019).
  • 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: September 1, 2017
  • Submission deadline: February 2, 2018
  • Winners notified: March 16, 2018
  • Winners’ photos due: April 16, 2018
  • Prize and essay presentations at NISOD conference: May 2018

Past Student Essay Contest Winners

Photos from the 2018 NISOD Conference

Dr. Jose Adames, President; Andrea Montes, Student; Debby Sutton, Biology Professor, El Centro College; Dr. Edward Leach, Director, NISOD

Teela Foxworth, Communication Studies Instructor; Sofia Velasquez Student, Portland Community College; Dr. Edward Leach, Director, NISOD

Forster Agama, English Professor; Troy Presley, Student, Tallahassee Community College; Dr. Edward Leach, Director, NISOD

Visit FAQs or contact Nicole Novelli at Nicole@nisod.org or (512) 471-7545 for more information.