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The 2019 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 15, 2019.

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-word (or less) essay. Only students currently enrolled at NISOD member colleges are eligible.

Please review the Criteria and Terms before submitting your essay.

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 2019 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence (May 25-28, 2019 in Austin, Texas), a 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 2019 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence (May 25-28, 2019 in Austin, Texas), complimentary hotel room (maximum three [3] nights), and up to $400 towards transportation costs to the conference.
  • Each winning student author’s college will receive a complimentary 2019-2020 NISOD membership (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020).
  • The winning student essays will be published on NISOD’s website along with the photos and names of the winning student author, the featured employees, and the winning student authors’ college presidents.

Timeline

  • Contest opens: August 27, 2018
  • Submission deadline: February 28, 2019
  • Winners notified: March 15, 2019
  • Winners’ photos due: April 15, 2019
  • Prize and essay presentations at NISOD conference: May 26, 2019

Past Student Essay Contest Winners

Submission 

Please review the Criteria and Terms before submitting your essay.

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