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Early Registration Opens

March 15th, 2021

The Oink Group 2021 National Essay Scholarship Contest

Welcome to the Oink Group 2021 National Essay Scholarship Contest.

We are so excited to be hosting this event for students in the 3rd - 5th , 6th - 8th, and 9th-12th grade. 

Each stage of education is important and through english arts students learn to express themselves verbally and in writing to showcase their communication skills. We believe that journaling is an awesome way to keep students writing frequently and to help them develop a consistent voice and tone. It can also serve as a college readiness tool to help them prepare for college. This contest is especially focused on keeping kids active, focused, and hopeful about their future during this pandemic. We are looking forward to reading your essay's.

Good luck.  

Grand Prize:

3 Finalist will receive:

  • A college scholarship valued at $500,

  • 1 year paid-up subscription to the College Prep 4Parents, and a

  • Pizza Party valued at $125.

Competing Categories

  • Grade School: 3rd-5th grade.

  • Middle School: 6th-8th grade.

  • High School: 9th-12th grade.

Winners Announcement: 
Winners will be announced on Saturday, July 15th, 2021 at 10 a.m. at the Essay Finals which will be hosted online. Each contestant will receive an invitation to join in on the fun. 

 

Essay Prompts:
Choose from one of the prompts below. Tell us your thoughts and remember that punctuation and spelling will also be considered by the judges. Each student will submit a 500 word essay based on the prompt below: The essay maximum word count is 500.
(note: if essay exceeds 500 words or is less than 500 words it will not be considered for entry). 

 

Prompt 1:     
You have just been accepted to the college of your dreams and you will be enrolling as a
freshman in September. The College Admissions Advisor was so impressed with your application and how you presented yourself during the interview that she wrote you a personal acceptance letter.

What does it say? What does she mention that was on your college application that impressed her the most? What did you say during your interview that captivated her? And, how much is your award package? 

 

Prompt 2:

If you could travel into the future, what's one activity that you would like to do while in college that would have a profound affect on your life? Why is it a game changer? And, How would it benefit you in life?

Prompt 3:

Tomorrow is your first day of college. What would you want your first day to look like? What are you confident about? What do you fear the most? and, How does your first day end?

Prompt 4: 

You found a magic wand that will allow you to change yourself into the smartest student in the world; but only in one subject. What subject would you choose?  Why? And, how would you use your expertise to change the world?

Registration
Registration is available online only. Please follow the instructions below to register.

 

Step 1: To register click here. 
Note: Because contestants are minors parents will need to register on behalf of students as we will
          communicate with the parents regarding any contest details including if their child is a finalist.

 

Step 2: Upload your essay.

Upon uploading your essay the following should be included at the top of your essay:

  • The Students Name.

  • Contestant identification number.

 Note: Essays must be uploaded  by May 15th, 2021.​ 

Registration Fee:

Registration fee is per registered student. Student's may only register once.
 

Early Registration:  

March 15th - March 30th

Early Bird Fee $20

Regular Registration:  

April 1st - April 30th 

Regular Fee: $25
 

Late Registration:  

May 1st - May 15th 

Late  Registration Fee: $35

Essay's Deadline:

No essays will be accepted after June 1st.

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Contest Rules and Regulations:

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

 

1) Eligibility:

 The Oink Group 2021 National Essay Scholarship Contest (the "Contest") is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are full-time students including home schoolers in the 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, and 9-12th grade.  Employees of Oink Group Inc and other companies associated with the promotion of the Contest, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

 

2) Sponsor:

The contest is sponsored by the Oink Group Inc, located at 150 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2800, Chicago, Illinois 60601.

 

3. Agreement to Official Rules:

Participation in the contest constitutes entrant's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these official rules and the decisions of the sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon being compliant with these official rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein.

4. Contest Period:

The contest begins on March 15, 2021 and ends on July 15, 2021  (the "Contest Period"). Entries that are submitted before or after the contest period will be disqualified. Submissions will be accepted for the duration of the contest using any of the following methods:

5. How to Enter Online:

This method of entry will be available by visiting our website (www.oinkgroup.com/nationalessaycontest) and following the directions provided to fill out the entry information, and submit. Limit one (1) entry per person, per email address, and per household for the duration of the contest period, regardless of method of entry. Entries received from any person, e-mail address, or household in excess of the stated limitation will be void.  

 

6. Prize Winers:

On or about July 15th, 2021, the Sponsor will select potential winners using a panel of judges. The judges will select finalist after reveiewing all said essays. There will be 3 grand prizes given to 3 winners. 1 winner in each category. The sponsor will attempt to notify the potential winners/ finalists via telephone or email on or about July 15th, 2021. If the potential winners/finalists cannot be contacted within five (5) days after the date of the first attempt to contact him/her, the sponsor may select an alternate potential winner in his/her place at random from both the remaining runner-ups and non-winning, eligible entries.

 

7. Winner Notification:

The potential winners will be notified by email, mail, or phone. Each potential grand prize winner (parent/legal guardian if a minor in his/her state of residence) will be required to complete, electronically sign and submit a Declaration of Compliance within five (5) days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent, in order to claim his/her prize. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, or fails to submit the Declaration of Compliance within the required time period (if applicable), or prize is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize. If the potential winner is considered a minor in his/her jurisdiction of residence, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize in the name of his/her parent or legal guardian, who will be required to sign the Declaration of Compliance on the potential winners behalf and fulfill any other requirements imposed on winner set forth herein. Potential winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. In the event that a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor will award the applicable prize to an alternate winner by random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries. Only three (3) alternate drawings will be held, after which the prize will remain un-awarded. Prizes will be fulfilled approximately 8-10 weeks after the conclusion of the Contest.

 

8. Grand Prizes: 

  • Each finalist will receive a college scholarship valued at $500, 1 year College Prep 4Parents Membership,
    and $125 Pizza Party. Total package is approximately valued at $1500.

 

9. General Conditions:

In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired. If in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, bug, worm, unauthorized human intervention or other technical problem, or in the event the Contest is unable to run as planned for any other reason, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules or (b) terminate the Contest and, in the event of termination, award the prize at random from among the eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of the impairment. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to damage the website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages (including attorney's fees) and any other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Failure by the Sponsor to enforce any provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

10. Release and Limitations of Liability:  Publish essay's, photo of contestants, and quotes.
By participating in the Contest; entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising, and promotion agencies, other companies associated with the Contest, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, representatives, and agents (the Released Parties) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of the prize (including any travel or activity related thereto), including, but not limited to: (a) any technical errors associated with the Contest, including lost, interrupted or unavailable Internet Service Provider (ISP), network, server, wireless service provider, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone, cellular tower or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties; (b) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (c) mechanical, network, electronic, computer, human, printing or typographical errors; (d) application downloads, (e) any other errors or problems in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors that may occur in the administration of the Contest, the announcement of the winner, the cancellation or postponement of the event and/or the flyover, if applicable, the incorrect downloading of the application, the processing of entries application downloads or in any Contest-related materials; or (f) injury, death, losses or damages of any kind, to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrants participation in the Contest or acceptance, receipt or misuse of the prize (including any travel or activity related thereto). Entrant further agrees that in any cause of action, the Released Parties liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Contest, and in no event shall the entrant be entitled to receive attorney's fees. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this document of the Contest. Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.

 

11. Disputes:

Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Illinois. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these official rules, entrants rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the sponsor in connection with the contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Illinois, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Illinois.

 

12. Privacy:

      Information collected from entrants is subject to sponsor's privacy policy.