Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States. Employees of Usdish.com, its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries, participating advertising and promotion agencies, and prize suppliers (and members of their immediate family and/or those living in the same household of each such employee) are not eligible.
Incoming freshman: Applicant must be a current student and have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale and must have taken either the ACT or SAT test. Applicant must also be a high school or home school senior graduating or earning a GED between January 1, 2015 and August 31, 2015 and will be attending an accredited college or university by Fall semester 2015.
Current freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students: Applicant must have a cumulative college grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale, and be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university between January 1, 2015 and August 31, 2015.
Description of Funds
The recipient will receive a one-time $500 scholarship to be applied to qualified expenses, including graduate and undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and on-campus room and board for the 2015-2016 academic year. Funds are provided by usdish.com. Payments are issued by Usdish.com, made payable to the student's approved college or university and mailed after September 18, 2015 directly to the accredited college or university last designated by the student.
Winner Selection and Announcements
The winner is selected after a team of judges reviews all entries, after the deadline of August 16, 2015. Applicants are judged on creativity, thoughtfulness, and insight, as well as how well they promoted their post. The winner will be announced September 18,
Conditions of Award
If any other funds pay entirely the tuition, fees, books, and on-campus room and board for the student's 2015-2016 academic year, the student is no longer eligible to receive this scholarship and will forfeit the award.
College / University Approval
The institution must be accredited and listed on the official website of the U.S. Department of Education (http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx). Applicants attending military academies are ineligible for this scholarship. All school transfers are subject to accreditation approval.
Responsibilities of Recipients
The recipient must be actively enrolled full-time as a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student in Fall 2015 and for the entire academic year without interruption, barring illness, emergency, or military service. It is the recipient's responsibility to verify receipt of funds with their designated institution and notify Usdish.com should the award check not arrive on or about 30 days from the issue date.
Usdish.com reserves the right to alter or discontinue this program at any time without notice. All essay submissions and photographs become the property of Usdish.com and may be reposted or displayed online, in whole or part, without notification. Usdish.com shall be entitled to use, alter, or delete submissions for any purpose whatsoever without compensation to applicants.