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Scott Wright Student Essay Contest

NISOD and the SJR State Writing Centers invite you to participate in the Scott Wright Student Essay Contest!

Describe in a 500-word (or less) essay a faculty member, staff member, or administrator who encouraged you to complete a course, finish a semester, or graduate from college and how that encouragement helped you reach your goal(s).

The Prize
Three (3) winning student authors and the featured faculty members, staff members, or administrators in the winning essays will each receive:

  • $1,000 USD

  • Travel to the International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence (May 28-31 in Austin, Texas), which includes:

    • Up to $400 USD toward travel to Austin, Texas;

    • Up to three (3) nights lodging (Saturday, Sunday, Monday nights only);

    • One (1) complimentary conference registration.

Note: Winning authors will read their essays on stage during the conference’s Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration on Sunday, May 29.

Evaluation Criteria
Submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Content

  • Originality

  • Clarity

  • Organization

  • Conciseness

  • Grammar


  • Contest opens: August 20, 2021

  • Submission deadline: March 11, 2022

  • Winners notified: March 25, 2022

  • Winner acceptance due: April 1, 2022

  • Winners’ photos due: April 8, 2022

  • Prize and essay presentations at NISOD conference: May 29, 2022

View past winning essays on the Scott Wright Student Essay Contest homepage.

Submit your essay online!


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