Scholarship contest offers Northwestern students up to $1,000

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Scholarship contest offers Northwestern students up to $1,000

Sept. 26, 2011

The deadline is approaching for Scholarships Matter!, a contest that allows Northwestern Oklahoma State University students to showcase their creativity with the chance to win up to $1,000 in scholarship support.

To enter, Northwestern students must respond to the question, “Why are scholarships important?” in one of three formats: video, slideshow or written essay. The top three winners will receive a scholarship and an invitation to speak at a Northwestern Foundation and Alumni Association sponsored event.

First place earns $1,000, second place earns $750 and third place earns $500 for the spring 2012 semester.

Collaboration of up to three students per entry is allowed in slideshow and video presentations, with each student being eligible for the scholarship. Essay submissions are limited to one student per individual entry. Full-time continuing undergraduate students with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA are eligible to apply.

The contest seeks to emphasize the importance of scholarships and the difference they make in the lives of Northwestern students, donors and the community.

“We think we have some wonderful and talented students on our campus that will come up with a better way of saying thank you to our donors than we can,” said Skeeter Bird, Northwestern Foundation CEO. “We would like for them to see firsthand the caliber of young person they are investing in.”

Written essays must be typed and double spaced and may be up to 1,500 words in length. Essays may be submitted on paper, CD, DVD or jump drive.

Slideshows can be created in Microsoft Power Point or other slideshow software saved as .ppt, .wmv, .mov, .mpeg4, .avi or .mpegps formats. Presentations must be no longer than 30 slides in length.

Video submissions should be submitted in .wmv, .mov, .mpeg4, .avi or .mpegps formats. Videos may be no more than five minutes in length. Photos and music are allowed, as long as they are appropriate for all audiences and not reproductions of copyrighted material. Students must abide by the university’s standards on file sharing (please refer to pages 124 and 125 of the Student Handbook). Slideshow and video entries must be submitted on CD, DVD or jump drive.

Eligible students should submit entries to the Northwestern Foundation and Alumni Association in the Student Center by Monday, Oct. 24. A selection committee will review all submissions and the winners will be notified by Nov. 15. Scholarship winners will be awarded the scholarship by Feb. 29, 2012, for the spring 2012 semester. A continuing student scholarship application must be completed and on file in the Office of Financial Aid at 113 Herod Hall before the scholarship can be awarded.

Complete Scholarships Matter! details and criteria are available at Call or email Susan Holliday, Northwestern Foundation relationship manager and contest coordinator, with questions at 580-327-8592 or