About the Contest

The CrossLites Scholarship Contest is open to High School, College, and Graduate School students of American Educational Institutions. As an applicant you will write a reflective essay (400-600 words) based on one of Dr. Parker’s quotes or messages. Applicants will be competing against students of their level. You may enter only one essay per application a year, into the contest.

How Does A Student Like You Win?

The judges score essays based on the following factors:

  • Originality
  • Reflection – how the quote relates to something in your life
  • Punctuation/Grammar
  • Content – the judges have the right to refuse any essay that contains inappropriate language

However, this score is only a portion of the final score.

We encourage you to invite your friends and family to view your essay and vote for it by using your essay link. Each person could vote up to twice a day and the more votes a particular essay gets, the higher the likelihood is of the essay being selected to win. When the voting period has ended, the winner will be chosen. Although voting accounts for only ten percent of the score, it can be an important tie-breaking criterion, since the quality of the essays has been increasingly competitive. Nevertheless, the CrossLites management team will make the final decision.

You will be able to track the top scoring essays here. Once the winners are chosen, a check will be made to the student and sent to an address that the applicant has provided.
The essays that are submitted become property of CrossLites and have a chance of being displayed on the website. The winning essays and short bios of the corresponding authors will also be displayed on the CrossLites website.

CrossLites management reserves the right to disqualify any contestant for any reason that it deems necessary.