LET’S GO PLACES SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST 2015 OFFICIAL RULES
- NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
- Eligibility. Subject to the additional restrictions below, the Let’s Go Places Scholarship Contest (the “Contest”) is open to legal U.S. residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia who are enrolled in grades 9 through 12 of a public, private or authorized charter school (the “Contestants”). Students who are home schooled are not eligible to participate. The Contest is sponsored by WUSA-TV (“Sponsor”).
- Entry Conditions. The Contest will begin at 5:00 p.m. (E.T.) on January 13, 2015 and end at 11:59 p.m. on June 5, 2015 (the “Contest Period”).There will be two (2) Phases to the Contest. Phase 1 entries must be received between 5:00 p.m. (E.T.) on January 13, 2015 and 11:59 p.m. (E.T.) on February 27, 2015 (“Phase 1”). Phase 2 entries must be received between 12:01 p.m. (E.T.) on March 6, 2015 and 11:59 p.m. (E.T.) on June 5, 2015 (the “Phase 2”).
By entering, you agree to the terms of these Official Rules. Sponsor will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late, misdirected, garbled, inaudible, poor video quality, poor photo or video quality, or illegible entries. Contestant acknowledges and agrees that entries may be posted on Sponsor’s websites or displayed on WUSA-TV’s broadcasts, or in any other media, at Sponsor’s sole discretion and Sponsor shall have the right to edit, adapt, modify, reproduce, publish, promote, broadcast, or otherwise display or use essays, photos and/or videos in any manner or media without limitation or compensation to Contestants. All entries become property of Sponsor and none will be returned. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is alleged to infringe on any third-party’s intellectual property rights, exceeds the (500)-word Essay limit, (2)-minute video limit, or (25)-photo limit, or that Sponsor deems obscene, offensive or otherwise inappropriate for viewing by a general audience. The Contestant certifies that all individuals of any age shown in the submitted videos and/or photos and the parents and/or legal guardians of any children shown in submissions, have been informed that their, or their child’s, image has been entered in this Contest and have no objection to Contestant’s submission and Sponsor’s display and posting of such essays, videos and/or photos for purposes of this Contest.
Contestant’s computer must accept cookies, or any successor or similar technology, which may be used for the purpose of entry tracking. Ad blocking software on your computer needs to be disabled so that it doesn’t interfere with processing your entry.
For student athletes enrolling in NCAA member institutions, NCAA Bylaws governing financial aid from outside sources and other NCAA rules apply. Winners are solely responsible for compliance with NCAA rules and restrictions. Each Contestant must determine, if chosen as a Phase 1 Winner or Phase 2 Winner, whether he/she is able to accept any of the prizes.
- Phase 1 Entry.
Online Entry. During the Phase I, enter by visiting The Let’s Go Places Scholarship Contest official registration page (through a Jotform) at http://usatodayhss.com/dc and completing an official entry form with all of the required information and following all posted instructions. Only one (1) entry per Contestant. Multiple entries submitted by the same Contestant under different user accounts will be disqualified.
With each entry, Contestants must submit at least one of the following items. Contestants may submit more than one (1) or up to three (3) items per submission, limited to one submission of each format:
- One (1) essay (“Essay”)
- Up to 25 photos (“Photos”)
- One (1) video (“Video”)
All submissions, regardless of the type or format, must be related to a high school sporting event, high school athletic team, high school athlete, or high school athletic faculty member of a public, private or authorized charter school in the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia. Each entry must also include the name and contact information of the Contestant, address (city, state, zip), email address, age, daytime telephone number, statement that the Contestant is enrolled in a public, private or authorized charter school in the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia, the name of the Contestant’s high school and the city and state in which the high school is located. If the Contestant is under the age of 18, the entry must include the consent of the parent or legal guardian of the Contestant.
Essays. All Essays must be the sole, original work of the Contestant, typed in English, 500 words or less, and must have been written within the previous twelve (12)-month period. None of the Essays may have been previously published or won awards. Only one (1) Essay may be submitted per entry. Sponsor may disqualify any Essay that the Sponsor deems to contain offensive, indecent or inappropriate material, contain non-original material, contain trademarks, service marks, or infringe on the rights of others or that exceed the 500-word limit.
Photos. All Photos must be the sole, original work of the Contestant. The Contestant may submit up to (25) photos as part of one (1) entry. Photos must have been taken within the previous twelve (12)-month period. No professional photo submissions will be accepted.
Videos. All Videos must be the sole, original work of the Contestant. The video recording may not exceed two (2) minutes in length. A filmed interview with a player, coach or school administrator, video highlights from a game, an edited video compilation about a sporting event or a reporter-style TV story that includes narration are acceptable submissions. The contestant may appear in the video, but is not required to appear in the video. Videos must have been recorded within the previous twelve (12)-month period. No professional submissions will be accepted.
Phase 1 Winner Selection.
Commencing on or about February 28, 2015, a qualified panel of judges, selected by Sponsor, will judge the Phase I submissions based on the criteria stated below. Points will be awarded collectively on each Contestants’ submission(s), regardless of number or type of items submitted. Total possible points for all Phase 1 is 100, but a Phase I Contestant must have a total score of at least 50 to be eligible to win Phase 1 prizes and to participate in the Phase 2. The twenty-five (25) Phase 1 Contestants that receive the highest scores will be deemed Phase 1 Winners and will each win a Phase 1 prize and proceed to the Phase 2 of the Contest. In the event of a tie, tied entries will be re-judged on the same criteria. Decisions of judges and Sponsor shall be final and binding in all respects. There will be a maximum of twenty-five (25) Phase 1 Winners. Phase 1 Winners are not required to participate in the Phase 2. Phase 1 Winners will be notified on or about March 2, 2015
1) 50 points: Clarity of writing and/or photo and/or video submission. A photo or video that is clear in which subjects and action are easily identifiable and in focus will receive full credit. Images that are pixelated and or grainy will lose points. Essays will be evaluated on use of proper grammar, spelling and punctuation. Writing that is unclear and difficult to understand due to errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation will lose points.
2) 50 points: Storytelling. Does the Essay, photo or video submission clearly communicates what happened at a sporting event or describes an athlete, coach or team in a way that is compelling and conveys emotion?
3) 25 points: Presentation. Video, photo, or Essay is creative and carefully put together with careful attention to details and inspired by professional style.
- Phase 2 Entry.
Online Entry. During Phase 2, each participating Phase I Winner may enter at http://usatodayhss.com/dc. The Phase 2 Contestants must submit one of each of the following categorizes of items for a total of three (3) items in each submission:
- One (1) Essay
- Up to 25 Photos
- One (1) Video
The same requirements and conditions, stated above in Section 4, regarding essays, photos, and videos and Contest participation apply. Phase 2 Contestants may not submit an essay, photos, or a video that was submitted as part of his/her Phase 1 entry.
Phase 2 Winner Selection.
On or about June 10, 2015, a qualified panel of judges, selected by Sponsor, will evaluate and judge the Phase 2 submissions based on the criteria stated above. Total possible points for Phase 2 is 100, but a Phase 2 Contestant must have a total score of at least 50 to be eligible to win a Phase 2 prize. The ten (10) Phase 2 Contestants that receive the highest scores will be Phase 2 Winners and will win a Phase 2 prize. In the event of a tie, tied entries will be re-judged on the same criteria. Decisions of judges and Sponsor shall be final and binding in all respects. There will be a maximum of ten (10) Phase 2 Winners. In the event there are fewer than ten (10) Phase 2 Contestants, there will be less than ten (10) Phase 2 Winners.
- Prizes and Odds.
Phase 1 Winners. The twenty-five (25) Phase 1 Winners will each receive one of the following HD Video Cameras, as selected by Sponsor: AGFAPHOTO Eclipse Explorer HD Video Camera (ARV: $70.00), Kodak Play Touch Full HD Video Camera (ARV: $70.00), or Sony Bloggie Touch HD Video Camera (ARV: $70.00); and (1) grey Jerzees brand sweatshirt with Campus Correspondent/USA TODAY High School Sports/WUSA 9 logo (ARV: $30.00). Total ARV for each Phase I Prize: $100.00. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries received and results of judging.
Phase 2 Winners. A total of $10,000 educational scholarships will be awarded. Phase 2 Winners will each receive an educational scholarship award in the amount of at least One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) in the form of a check (“Phase 2 Prize”). In the event there are fewer than ten (10) Phase 2 Winners, the $10,000 total award shall be allocated by Sponsor equally among the Phase 2 Winners. Scholarships may be applied to high school or college tuition. Odds of winning are 1:25. Phase 2 Contest Period Winners will be notified between June 15, 2015 and June 21, 2015
- Winner Notification and Acceptance. Each Phase 1 Winner and Phase 2 Winner will be notified via phone or email at the address or phone number provided with their contest entry. The Contestant must respond to Sponsor’s email and/or phone call within 48 hours after receipt of such notification. Failure of Contestant to respond to Sponsor’s email and/or phone call as instructed within such time period, or return of the email as undeliverable may result in disqualification of Winner, forfeiture of his or her interest in all prizes, and selection of a substitute winner from among all remaining eligible entries.
To claim prize, Phase 1 Winners must reply to the Sponsor’s email and provide a mailing address and requested size for the sweatshirt (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large or XXL). Sponsor will mail one HD Video Camera and one Jerzees sweatshirt to the address provided by the Phase 1 Winners.
To claim prize, Phase 2 Winners must respond to Sponsor’s email within 14 days after receipt of such notification. Phase 2 Winners will be invited to attend Sponsor’s scholarship ceremony to be held prior to August 31, 2015 (“Ceremony”) to receive their scholarship. The exact date, time, and location of the Ceremony will be provided to the Phase 2 Winners by Sponsor. The Ceremony will be recorded by Sponsor, and taped portions will be televised on WUSA-TV, and Phase 2 Winners hereby consent to their appearance on such broadcast. Phase 2 Winners do not need to be present at the Ceremony to win and receive their Prizes, and any such winner not attending the Ceremony will receive the prize via UPS overnight delivery at the mailing address provided to the Sponsor by the Phase 2 Winner.
Winners may waive their right to receive any prizes. Prizes are nonassignable and nontransferable. No substitutions allowed, except that prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability and Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value. Phase 1 Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Winners are solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on prizes. Winners will be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility, and a liability and publicity release (except where prohibited by law) which must be returned within the time period specified by Sponsor. Failure to sign and return the affidavit or release, or to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules, may result in a winner’s disqualification, the forfeiture of his or her interest in the prize, and the award of the prize to an alternate winner. Except where prohibited, participation in the Contest constitutes entrant’s consent to the publication of his or her name, biographical information and likeness in any media for any commercial or promotional purpose, without limitation or further compensation. Prizes not won and claimed by eligible winners in accordance with these Official Rules will not be awarded and will remain the property of Sponsor.
- Participation. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this contest as solely determined by Sponsor. In the event the Contest is compromised by a virus, non-authorized human intervention, tampering or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest. Should the Contest be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, Sponsor reserves the right to award prizes based on the entries received before the termination date. Sponsors will not be responsible for transmission failures or technical failures of any kind, including, without limitation, malfunctioning of any network, hardware or software, whether originating with sender or Sponsor. In the event of a dispute, all online entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the ISP account from which they were sent. For these purposes, an ISP account holder shall mean the natural person assigned to such ISP account by the Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning ISP addresses for the domain associated with such ISP account. Any questions regarding the number of entries, or votes submitted or the owner of an ISP account shall be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries or votes by persons determined to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of the Contest.
- Copyright. By entering the Contest, each contestant grants to Sponsor an exclusive, royalty-free and irrevocable right and license to publish, print, edit or otherwise use the contestant’s submitted entry, in whole or in part, for any purpose and in any manner or media (including, without limitation, the Internet) throughout the world in perpetuity, and to license others to do so, all without limitation or further compensation. Each contestant further agrees that if his/her entry is selected by Sponsor as the winning entry, he/she will sign any additional license or release that Sponsors may require, and will not publicly perform or display his or her submission without the express permission of Sponsors.
- Construction. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein.
- Sponsor. The Let’s Go Places Scholarship Contest is sponsored by WUSA-TV. The decisions of Sponsor and the Contest judges regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of the Contest shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to the Contest. For a list of the winner (available after August 31, 2015) or a copy of these Official Rules, visit http://USAtodayHSS.com/DC or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to “Winners List/Official Rules” (as applicable), The Let’s Go Places Scholarship Contest, 4100 Wisconsin Ave., NW Washington, DC 20016. If you have any questions regarding this Contest, please contact Allison Frick at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (202) 895-5963.