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Frequently Asked Questions

Applications may be submitted between 12am Central Time on November 8, 2016 and 11pm Central Time on June 1, 2017. Twenty (20) top ranking essays will advance to the second round which runs between 12am Central Time on June 2, 2017 and 11pm Central Time on June 30, 2017. Three (3) scholarship recipients will be notified by email on or about July 15, 2017.

What is the essay about?

In English, compose an essay of 300 words or less that answers the question: What challenge have you overcome that has best prepared you for college?

Who is eligible to apply?

Anyone who plans to be enrolled in a college or university sometime between August 1, 2017 and November 1, 2019 is encouraged to apply. This includes most high school sophomores through college juniors.

Who is eligible to judge?

Any site visitor may vote for essays in the first round. Current tutors on Wyzant are eligible to judge during the second round.

When does the first round begin and end? How are essays judged in the first round?

The first round begins at 12am Central Time on November 8, 2016 and ends at 11pm Central Time on June 1, 2017. Essays are judged in the first round by site visitors. The top ten (10) essays that receive the most votes by site visitors will advance to the second round. An additional ten (10) essays will be selected by Wyzant staff.

How do I promote my essay during the first round?

Wyzant makes it easy for you to share your essay via social networks, email and via text message.

When does the second round begin and end? How are essays judged in the second round?

The second round begins at 12am Central Time on June 2, 2017 and ends at 11pm Central Time on June 30, 2017. Second round essays are judged by current tutors on Wyzant.

How is my personal information used?

A minimum amount of personal information is needed to verify your submission and provide Wyzant with a means of contact should you become a scholarship recipient. This personal information is used for our internal records only and we will not share your personal information with any third parties.

What scholarship awards are available? How do I redeem a scholarship?

Based on the results of the second round judging process, first place will receive a $10,000 college scholarship, second place will receive a $3,000 college scholarship, and third place will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Each scholarship will be paid directly to the scholarship recipient’s college or university.

For more information, please review the Official Rules.