Bird-X Generation-Green Essay Contest Scholarship
WIN $1,000 TO HELP PAY FOR COLLEGE (1 WINNER)
PLUS: FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A BONUS AWARD, SUBMIT AN ORIGINAL PHOTO! (2 WINNERS)
Bird-X has been the leading brand of humane bird control solutions worldwide since 1964. Our humane and eco-friendly products prove that wildlife and pest populations can be controlled and kept in areas where they are safe from harm and where they are unable to cause harm.
Our products not only prevent pest infestation, property damage, the spread of disease, and workplace liability – they also eliminate the need for chemical pesticides, poisons, and dangerous traps.
Bird-X is a green workplace. We are diligent about recycling, using recycled paper products, minimizing the use of printers, donating old computers and equipment, and using energy-efficient light-bulbs. We also have a Bird-X community vegetable and flower garden. Even some of our bird control products are made from recycled materials!
*To be eligible, you must be enrolled at a U.S. college or university for the Fall 2013 semester as a part of an undergraduate program.
Soooo...what are you doing to live greener?
Share your green efforts in a short essay and you could win!
Generation-Green Essay Contest Scholarship:
Write a short essay about your green initiatives (500 words or less). What are you doing to live greener? To reduce your carbon footprint? To minimize your individual and/or community waste and consumption?
Photo Bonus Award:
Take a photo of pest birds in action for a chance to win a bonus award. (See 'How You Can Enter' below for more instructions.)
*Photo entry NOT required to win the essay contest scholarship. Photos submitted by individuals who do not submit an essay are not eligible for the Photo Bonus Award. Two (2) entrants will receive the Photo Bonus Award based on the quality and creativity of their original photograph. It is possible that the Essay Contest Scholarship winner may also win the Photo Bonus Award; however, the two will be judged independently of one another.
EXTENDED Submission deadline is September 6, 2013
WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2013
How the 2013 Bird-X Scholarship works:
Entries will be accepted from now thru September 6, 2013.
TOP 5 ESSAYS WILL BE POSTED ON THE BIRD-X WEBSITE
Five essay finalists will be selected by the Bird-X Creative Department. These five essays will be posted on the Bird-X website so that entrants may share with friends and family via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social media outlets to gain points toward winner consideration.
One (1) Essay Contest Scholarship winner and two (2) Photo Bonus Award winners will be selected by the Bird-X Creative Department. All winners will be contacted and announced on or before September 27, 2013. The Essay Contest Scholarship winner will receive a $1,000 educational scholarship. The two Photo Bonus Award winners will receive smaller awards of not-less-than $200 (value depending on the quality of submissions).
How you can enter:
- Write your Generation-Green Essay. Write a short essay about your efforts to live greener (we suggest 500 words or less).
- BONUS (not required) – Take a photo of pest birds in action. They’re actually everywhere once you start looking! Pigeons on rooftops and in parking lots; geese on golf courses and sports fields, and the messes they leave behind – droppings, feathers and nesting debris.
- Submit your entry! Email essays and image files to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Bird-X Scholarship Entry.
- Only original material accepted
- Only one entry per individual student/person
- To win the Essay Contest Scholarship, you are NOT required to submit a photo
- To win the Photo Bonus Award you MUST submit with an essay entry
GUIDELINES & TIPS
We have left the format quite wide open so as to inspire creativity. However, please remember:
- Short and simple is often best – quality is more important than ‘quantity’
- Shorter essays receive equal consideration with longer ones. (We suggest under 500 words.)
To apply for the scholarship, applicant must be a current student:
Applicant must be a current student, have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale and have taken either the ACT or SAT test. Applicant must also be a high school or home school senior graduating or earning a GED who will enroll for Fall 2013 as a freshman at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States.
Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
Applicant must have a cumulative college grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale and be enrolled full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States for Fall 2013.
Applicant must use the scholarship toward undergraduate program (i.e. Graduate and Masters programs not eligible).
If the applicant or the applicant's parent/legal guardian is employed by Bird-X, Inc. at the time of award, the student is not eligible for the scholarship. Eligibility of finalists will be verified before winners are selected.
Description of Scholarship Funds
The selected recipient will receive a one-time $1,000 educational scholarship to be applied to qualified expenses, including graduate and undergraduate tuition, fees, books and on-campus room and board for the 2013-2014 academic year. Funds are provided by Bird-X, Inc. Payments issued by Bird-X are made payable to the student's approved college or university and mailed after September 27, 2013 directly to the accredited college or university last designated by the student.
Selection and Announcement of Winners
Winners will be selected by the Bird-X Creative Department team after the deadline of September 6, 2013. Applicants are judged on quality and thoughtfulness of entries. The winners will be announced on or before September 27, 2013.
The institution must be accredited and listed on the official website of the U.S. Department of Education. All school transfers are subject to accreditation approval.
Responsibilities of Recipients
The recipient must be actively enrolled full-time as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior for the Fall 2013 semester 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 Bird-X, Inc. should the award check not arrive on or about 30 days from the issue date. Bird-X reserves the right to alter or discontinue this program at any time without notice.
Digital Rights Agreement
By submitting an entry to this competition, you agree that all essay and photo submissions will become the property of Bird-X, Inc. and may be used in marketing materials, reposted or displayed online in whole or partial form without notification.