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S.T.A.R.T. Essay Contest Details

Eligibility, Criteria, Timeline and other details to submit an entry for the START Essay Contest

Eligibility

  • You must be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled at any Penn State campus to submit an essay for consideration in the S.T.A.R.T. Essay Contest.

 

Topic:

  • How do you see diversity changing in the next 15 years and how would you impact the change?

 

Disclaimer

Please note that the use of plagiarism is a violation of the Smeal Honor Code. Please use your own thoughts and ideas to formulate an effective essay.

 

    Criteria

    Your submission must meet the following criteria:

    • Cover page MUST include: title of paper, student name, major, semester standing, and Penn State email-address
    • 3 to 4 pages (NOT including cover page), double-spaced
    • 12-point Times New Roman font
    • One inch margins
    • Submissions must be sent by Penn State email address(xyz1234@psu.edu). Otherwise, the submission will not be accepted.

    Essays will be judged on:

    • Quality of writing
    • Relevance of topic
    • Adherence to guidelines

     

    Timeline

    First round – Essay is due on Friday, February 7, 2014, by 5:00 pm, by electronic submission to elc180@smeal.psu.edu. No late or hard copy versions will be accepted.

    In order to prepare and schedule their presentation for final judging, finalists will be notified by Wednesday, February 19, 2014.

    Second round – Final presentations will be given the week of March 3, 2014.

    Winners will be notified by Friday, March 7, 2014, via email.

    Judging

    Members of the S.T.A.R.T. Committee will choose for the finalists and winners. The Committee includes undergraduate students, Diversity Enhancement Programs, the Program Advisor, the Program’s MBA Graduate Assistant, and additional Smeal advisors.

    Awards

    First place - $1500

    Second place - $750

    Third place - $500

    • Winners will be recognized and are required to present their final paper at the S.T.A.R.T. Conference on Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Nittany Lion Inn.

      Disclaimer

      Please note that if at any time your scholarships, grants, and other types of student financial aid are in excess of your federally computed “financial need” or your “cost of attendance”, it may be necessary for the Office of Student Aid to make adjustments to your previously awarded aid sources.

      In order to receive the scholarship, you must be enrolled as a full-time student in good academic standing at the Pennsylvania State University. If you are planning to be on internship, are registered for less than 12 total credits, or if you are studying abroad through a non-Penn State program, your scholarship funds will be forfeited and awarded to another deserving student. It is your responsibility to notify our office of your change in enrollment.