Operation Jump Start, Incorporated College Experience Rules and Guidelines


Topic: The history of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and why they are still important today.


      The contest is open to students currently in grades 9 through 11 residing in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.
      A parent/guardian able to accompany winning student on college tour


      All applicants must submit an entry form by 5:00 PM EST, November 30, 2019. The entry form must be completed entirely for acceptance into the contest.
      All applicants must complete an essay relating to the topic provided for contest and submit the essay with entry form attached by 5:00 PM EST, November 30, 2019.
      Essays nor entry forms will be accepted separately of one another

Use of Essay:
      Essays will become the property of Operation Jump Start, Inc. Essays may be posted to Operation Jump Start, Inc. website or appear in publications which are used for publicity. Winners’ names will appear in related publications and announcements.

Essay Specifications:
      The essay must respond to the prompt. The essay must be the original work of the person submitting the essay.
      Written in English with a word count not exceeding 1,000 words, excluding name, title and list of resources
      Include cover page with author’s name, title, page numbers and a list of resources if applicable

      Be doubled spaced
      Include a completed and signed entry form with essay


Judging Criteria:
      Subject matter- Relevance to the topic; quality, insight, thought, and concrete details
      Organization- Arrangement of material, clarity of topic, management of transitions
      Grammar and style- Spelling and sentence structure
      Presentation- The contest rules in reference to length and double spacing (Sources cited if applicable)


*Note: Judges are comprised of community members affiliated with Operation Jump Start. The Board Members will review all entries for judging. The founders are NOT a part of the essay judging process.


Number of Submissions: Only one essay may be submitted per student applicant

Recognition: Winners will be announced on or about January 2nd, 2020, and recognized at a special dinner.

Grounds for Disqualification
Submitting an essay that:
     (1) is not the student’s original, authored work;
     (2) misses the submission deadline;
     (3) provides fake entry information;
     (4) plagiarizes content; and

License to Use Winners’ Essays, Names, and Photographs
Winners will be required to submit a release allowing Operation Jump Start, Inc. to publish the essay in print publications and public websites. In addition, winners will be asked to provide and authorize use of photographs of themselves in contest-related promotional
materials, which may include photographs taken at the dinner recognition.