Share Your Story and

Win a $5,000 Scholarship!

Write and submit the best essay
and receive $5,000 for college.

Pick a Topic

Choose a Topic for your Essay

Topic 1

Security is about taking steps now to prevent problems later. How are you investing in your future? Which of your daily habits or big decisions do you believe are paving the way for a better tomorrow?

Topic 2

Home security systems help people deal with urgent situations that occur without warning. When was a time you had to think on your feet during a crisis? What did you do to manage the situation?

Choose One

How to Enter

Compose the Best Essay and Enter to Win $5,000. It's that Simple!

Write Your Story

Read through the two essay prompts. Choose the subject that most appeals to you and write a 1,000 word composition on the topic.

Submit to Win

Enter your essay with the online form below. A SecurityChoice.com Copy Editor, Director of Marketing and Senior Web Copywriter will judge your piece.

Win $5,000

If you win the writing contest, you'll receive $5,000 for college and your essay will be published on the SecurityChoice.com blog.

* Complete information on the selection of the winning essay and other rules can be found here.

Submit Your Writing

Use the Form Below to Submit Your Completed Essay

* Contest begins June 19, 2013 and all entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. EDT August 16, 2013.

Rules & Guidelines

Official Rules for the 2013 SecurityChoice.com Scholarship

Post Criteria

The subject matter for essay entries must pertain to one of the following topics:

Security is about taking steps now to prevent problems later. How are you investing in your future? Which of your daily habits or big decisions do you believe are paving the way for a better tomorrow?

OR

Home security systems help people deal with urgent situations that occur without warning. When was a time you had to think on your feet during a crisis? What did you do to manage the situation?

Essays must be no more than 1,000 words in length and be properly submitted no later than 5 p.m. EDT August 16, 2013. All essays must be submitted online using the submission form here.

Applicant Eligibility

All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents of the United States.

Academic Requirements

All applicants must be either: (1) a high school or home school senior graduating or earning a GED between August 1, 2012, and June 1, 2013, who will enroll as a freshman at a two–year or four–year college or university in fall 2013, or (2) a student enrolled during the 2012–13 academic year on a full–time basis and in good academic standing at an accredited two–year or four–year college or university or in an accredited graduate school program.

Description of Funds

One (1) applicant (the “recipient”) will receive a one–time $5,000 scholarship to be applied to qualified college or graduate school expenses (including tuition, fees, books, and on–campus room and board) for the 2012–2013 or 2013–2014 academic year. Funds are provided by SecurityChoice.com, (the “Company”), and will be made payable directly via mail to the accredited or university last designated by the recipient after August 16, 2013.

Recipient Selection and Announcements

After the August 16, 2013 deadline, the recipient will be selected by a team of judges following review of all entries received prior to the deadline. Entries are judged on creativity and insight, writing quality, and research quality and veracity. The recipient will be announced on or about August 16, 2013 on http://www.securitychoice.com/home-security-news/ and notified directly by the Company by email at the email address provided by the recipient upon submission of his/her entry. The recipient's essay will be posted on http://www.securitychoice.com/home-security-news/. Judges will include the Company's director of marketing, senior web copywriter, and copy editor. If the recipient is disqualified or fails to contact Company within 24 hours of being notified of the results, Company reserves the right to determine an alternate recipient or not to award the scholarship, in its sole discretion.

College/University Approval

Each applicant's designated institution must be accredited and listed on the official website of the U.S. Department of Education (http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx). Applicants attending military academies are ineligible for this scholarship. All school transfers are subject to accreditation approval.

Responsibilities of Applicants/Recipients

By participating in this program, each applicant expressly: (A) releases the Company and its employees and agents from any liability or claim of any kind or nature for any loss, claim, damages, or injury of any kind associated with participation in the program and acceptance, possession or use of any prize; (B) accepts and agrees to be bound by these rules and Company's decisions relating to participation in the program, selection of recipients, and awarding of scholarships, all such decisions being final; and (C) agrees that South Carolina law governs this program without regard to conflicts of law principles, and consents to the jurisdiction and venue of the federal, state, and local courts of Lancaster County, South Carolina, for the resolution of all disputes pertaining to or arising from this program. The recipient must complete an affidavit of eligibility and release (to be signed by his/her parent or legal guardian, if the recipient is a minor), on forms to be provided by the Company. The recipient must be actively enrolled full–time as a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or grad student in the fall semester of 2013 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 his/her designated institution and notify the Company should the award check not arrive on or about 30 days from the issue date. By entering, each applicant represents that his/her submission is a work of the applicant's own original authorship, and agrees that the Company will have a perpetual, royalty–free, non–exclusive, worldwide right and license to use the submission in any manner. The Company reserves the right to disqualify any entry for any reason, including without limitation: materials not suitable for general public viewing; obscene, lewd or offensive materials; the use of third party content or other materials not authored by the applicant; and materials previously published or entered into any other competition. The Company is not responsible for lost, late, damaged or illegible submissions, faulty transmissions, or submissions containing any virus or other system malfunction. Judges' decisions are final. Any taxes are recipient's responsibility. The Company reserves the right to alter, discontinue or cancel this program at any time without notice for any reason, including in the event of fewer than 20 applicants. Only one entry per person will be accepted.

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