Calling all future college students: Do you need money for books? Tuition? Fees? Parking? Dorm supplies? The list is endless!


You should enter our “Clean Starts with Me” Essay and Video contest to win $500!

 Please read the Contest Guidelines below carefully before submitting your application. Failure to read and follow these guidelines could result in your essay or video being ineligible.

“CLEAN STARTS WITH ME” Essay/Video Contest Guidelines

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Submission: Essays should be submitted using the online form only.  Each participant can submit one essay and one video for consideration, but only one scholarship will be awarded per person.
Deadline: December 1,2021. Entries received after Midnight EST on that day will not be considered.
Length: Written essays should be a minimum of 450 words and no longer than 750 words. Video essays should be a minimum of 30 seconds and no longer than 60 seconds.
Eligibility: The contest is open to any current or future college student 18-22 years of age when the Contest closes on December 1, 2021.
Language: Essays or videos should be written or filmed in English and be the student’s original work.
Titling Documents for Submission: To help manage the significant number of files that are submitted, please use the following guidelines when titling your document prior to submission. Essays that are not saved with this naming format WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE.
Naming the file: “LastnameTitle2021”. For example, if your name is John Smith and the title of your essay or video is “Cleaning My Neighborhood,” then your submission would be titled “SmithCleaningMyNeighborhood2021”.
Winners: Our Ecolink Team will judge entries and award TEN scholarships to TEN different applicants. We will announce the winners on December ? and make the awards on ?
Prizes: All TEN winners will receive a $500 cash prize, and have their essay or video published on or one of our affiliate sites or social media platforms. The cash prize will come in the form of a check. Essays will be evaluated using the following criteria:
Addresses Prompt—The essay/video effectively takes into account, either literally or metaphorically, the entirety of the prompt.
Focus—The thesis/main message is clear and supported throughout. The essay/video does not stray from the main message.
Voice/Originality/Creativity—The essay uses a highly engaging and personal style. The author finds fresh or interesting ways to convey ideas. The author approaches the topic from a unique perspective.