How it Works:Participants will be asked to submit their idea for a meaningful and feasible volunteer project that can be done to help solve a relevant issue in their country or countries of choice. The winning participant will be given the opportunity to implement a program which comes from the spirt of his or her project during a two-week AFS Global Prep Program abroad. Ten runners up will be given the opportunity to join the Global Prep Program.
Scholarship Contest Rules:
Scholarship Contest Rules:
- Contestants must submit a 200-500 word essay OR a 1-minute video addressing the following question: “What is one problem in the world that you would like to solve, and what type of volunteer project would you design to help solve it?”
- Responses must:
- Indicate the country or countries in which the proposed project would be implemented
- Focus on one of the following 5 issue areas:
- Human Rights & Cultural Understanding
- Hunger & Nutrition
- Arts & Culture
- Responses must:
- All submissions will be due no later than 11:59 PM EST on 12/1/2015. Late submissions will not be evaluated.
- Contestants must submit their essay through the submission form found at: http://www.afsusa.org/project-change/enter.
- Starting on 12/2/2015, all entrants will have the opportunity to have their friends and family vote on their project for a chance to win. From 12/2/2015 to 12/20/2015, the voting period will be open.
- There will be 200 finalists (the 200 entrants with the highest number of votes by 12/20/2015) selected from the pool of contestants. Their projects will be reviewed by a Judges Panel made up of AFS staff, volunteers, and alumni.
- The Judges Panel will select one Grand Prize Winner and 10 additional winners. Each of the projects will be evaluated by several different judges, against a standard rubric.
- All submissions will be judged on the following criteria:
- A demonstrated understanding of the chosen issue area and its implications in the country or countries of choice;
- Feasibility of the proposed project, including:
- Relevance of the proposed project to the issue area and country or countries of choice;
- Potential impact of the proposed project;
- Quality of essay prose and style;
- Creativity and originality.
- The Grand Prize winner will collaborate with AFS to design a program based on his or her project idea. The additional ten winners will be granted full scholarships to participate in a two-week volunteering program abroad with AFS.
- If any of the contest winners decline participation in the program, spots will be offered to the 1st runner up, and then the 2nd, and then the 3rd and so on until all available spots are filled.
- Participation in, and registration for, the Project: Change essay contest is free. No purchase is necessary.
- In order to participate, contestants must:
- Be a U.S. 8th – 12th grade student;
- Be enrolled in an accredited U.S. Middle or High School;
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
- Understand that participation in any AFS Program abroad is contingent upon possession of a valid passport at the time of departure.
- Upon submitting their essay or video, contestants will be asked to provide their full name and email address, which will be used to communicate contest updates and results. Contestants may opt-out of receiving emails from AFS-USA at any time, but in such a scenario, should provide some other means of contacting them for the purpose of distributing prizes or promo codes.
- AFS-USA reserves the right to publish and promote any and all essay and video submissions at any time and for any purpose.
- *The Grand Prize Group Program location is subject to change by AFS-USA depending on feasibility, security, or any other issue that could hinder participants’ abilities to safely and effectively complete the proposed project.
- All decisions made by the contest judges are considered final.
- A final list of the winners will be made available at: http://www.projectchange.me.
- Contest results or participation will not be considered when evaluating study abroad applicants for acceptance into AFS-USA study abroad programs.
- The odds of winning are dependent upon the number of contest entrants.
- Winners are responsible for any taxes associated with prizes received.
- The contest is void where prohibited by law.
- Providing a mobile number opts you in to receive text messages from AFS. Msg & data rates may apply. No purchase necessary.
- Winners may be required to execute an affidavit of eligibility and a publicity release, unless prohibited by law.
- AFS-USA Staff members and their immediate family members are prohibited from participating.
- "The term “immediate family” includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents, and grandchildren, whether as “in-laws,” or by current or past marriage(s), remarriage(s), adoption, co-habitation or other family extension, and any other persons residing at the same household whether or not related."
ISSUE AREASChoose from 5 key global issues.Before you submit your idea for a volunteer project abroad, dig a little deeper on these 5 issues that impact communities across the globe. Learn the basics and get fast facts to inspire you.
EducationSustainabilityHunger & NutritionArts & TechnologyHuman Rights & Cultural Understanding
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