Rules and Regulations


There are no minimum GPA or test score requirements in order to qualify for the scholarship contest. Any student that is currently enrolled in a high school, college, or graduate school, located in the United States, may apply.

Review your completed essay before submitting, including checking for typos, misspellings, and other grammatical errors. Essays must be between 400 and 600 words in length.

If picked as a top 20 finalist, you must provide an official transcript. Failure to provide an official transcript, that shows current enrollment, will disqualify you from the contest – no exceptions.

The judges will review each essay and pick the top 20 from each level to be posted on Applicants then have the opportunity to invite others to view their essay and to vote for them. 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. When the voting period has ended, the winner will be chosen.


3 separate categories for each (High School, Undergraduate, Graduate Students)

  • 1st Place: $3,800.00
  • 2nd Place: $2,300.00
  • 3rd Place: $1,300.00
  • 4th Place: $800.00
  • 5th Place: $550.00
  • 6th Place: $325.00
  • 3 Lottery Winners win $130 each

Scholarship Entry Dates:

  • Essay submissions: Sorry, we are no longer accepting submissions for this essay contest.
  • Transcript Submissions and Voting for top 20 Essays from each level: TBD
  • Scholarship Winners notified: TBD


By Email:

By Mail:

C/O Samuel Certo
1000 Holt Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789