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Deadline: June 1st, 2017 - Winners announced on or around July 1st, 2017
Level: Undergraduate or Graduate
Applicants: Must be legal US residents, must be currently enrolled full-time at an accredited university in the US
Future Deadline: November 1st, 2017 - Winners announced on or around December 1st, 2017
Previous Deadline: November 1st, 2016. Applications are closed. Currently evaluating submissions. We will notify the winners once they are chosen.
Scholarship Award Amount:
Essay Question: What social impact would a major failure of the aging U.S. power grid have on our country? And what can the average American do to better prepare for such a potential catastrophe?
Additional Information: It seems that the aging U.S. power grid has been underestimated and does not receive much attention, as we are very used to taking the electricity in our homes for granted. So much so, that we don’t even think about what will happen if the lights go out, let alone prepare for it! There have been numerous events of power failure in the past that are noteworthy and are a cause for concern. August 14, 2003, marked one of the largest blackouts in U.S. history when many trees came down on the power lines in Ohio. Roughly 50 million people were affected because of this. This particular instance in Ohio seems far from a naturally recurring event, but it is just one of many instances that point out the outdated electric infrastructure of the U.S. power grid. Materials from the Word War II era are still currently in use – increasing the number of outages in the country year over year. The U.S. is also recognized for having the most blackouts compared to any other developed nation, as our outages average more than an hour now – directly affecting our economy.
Our heavy dependence on our old power grids, especially with our increasing demand for modern technology, should bring this issue to the forefront of our nation’s priorities. A single system failure can result in an unfathomable catastrophe. With that in mind, please write an essay and elaborate on the following two questions: What social impact would a major failure of the aging U.S. power grid have on our country? What can the average American do to better prepare for such a potential catastrophe?
Word Count: 600-800 words
Transcripts: High School Graduate (or equivalent): 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA or University: 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA
Reference: One letter of recommendation
Applications with persistent spelling or grammatical errors will not be considered.
By submitting an entry, applicants acknowledge that they have read and agree to the full terms and conditions of the scholarship below.
1. ELIGIBILITY: The Wise Company Scholarship Program is open only to those legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application and who are currently enrolled (or have been accepted to enroll) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning (e.g. college or university). Current employees, officers, directors and agents of Wise Company and its related companies and members of their immediate families (defined as spouse, parents, siblings and children) and persons residing at the same address of any of the foregoing persons are not eligible to win. Wise Company shall determine at its sole discretion whether or not a school is a qualified accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning for purposes of this scholarship program. Without limiting Wise Company's discretion, Wise Company generally will consider any school to be a qualified accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning under this scholarship program if it normally maintains a regular facility and curriculum, normally has a regular enrolled body of pupils or students in attendance at the place where its educational activities are regularly carried on, and is accredited by a nationally recognized accreditation agency. Void where prohibited.
2. HOW TO ENTER: To enter,submit a complete scholarship Application online at Wise Company's website www.wisefoodstorage.com/scholarship no later than deadline listed on scholarship page. Limit one (1) Application per person. Application must include name and contact information, background details, academic details, one letter of recommendation and include an essay. No substitutions will be accepted once you have submitted your first original Application. Written responses that are obscene, pornographic, libelous or otherwise objectionable will be disqualified. All Applications become the property of Wise Company and will not be returned. Wise Company assumes no responsibility for lost, late, misdirected, or unintelligible entries. By submitting an Application, you fully and unconditionally accept and agree to these Official Rules and the decisions of Wise Company, which are final and binding.
3. SELECTION OF POTENTIAL WINNERS: Wise Company is looking for eligible Applicants who follow directions and submit Applications that are well-written and clearly and creatively address the topic. On or about the deadline date Wise Company, will select three  potential scholarship winners (the “Scholarship Prize Recipients”) based on the criteria of originality and creativity (30%), emotional impact (20%), relevance to the topic (20%), and grade point average (GPA) (30%). These selected Applications are hereby known as the “Prize Winning Applications”. The potential Prize Recipients will be notified by e-mail or mail, at which time each Prize Recipient will be required to sign further documentation as explained below in order to receive their prize. Wise Company shall have no liability for any potential winner notification that is lost, intercepted or not received by the potential Prize Recipients for any reason. Wise Company reserves the right to choose fewer than three  Scholarship Prize Recipients, if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Applications. The Prize Winning Applications (of any portions thereof) and other applications that did not receive prizes may be posted on Wise Company's Website, or used in other marketing materials, without further compensation or notice to the Applicant.
4. PRIZES: The first placed winner will receive a Scholarship Prize in the amount of fifteen hundred dollars ($1,500) and a Wise Company 52 Serving Emergency Food Kit. The second placed winner will receive a Scholarship Prize in the amount of one thousand dollars ($1,000) and a Wise Company 52 Serving Emergency Food Kit The third placed winner will receive a Scholarship Prize in the amount of five hundred dollars ($500) and a Wise Company 52 Serving Emergency Food Kit. All monetary Scholarship Prizes will be in the form of a check made payable to the accredited post-secondary institution of higher education attended by the Scholarship Prize Recipient (once the Scholarship Prize Recipient has enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education and submitted proof of enrollment to Wise Company ). Scholarship Prize Recipient must submit proof of enrollment. Scholarship Prize may not be assigned, transferred, or changed, except at the sole discretion of Wise Company . No cash equivalent prize will be awarded. The awarding of any Scholarship Prize is contingent upon full compliance with these Official Rules. Applicants agree to be bound by Official Rules and agree that if any Scholarship Prize Recipient fails to provide proof of identity, refuses to provide required affidavit, refuses to complete and provide any requested tax forms (including IRS W-9 form), is found to have violated the Official Rules or otherwise does not meet eligibility criteria, the applicable Scholarship Prize will be forfeited and the Applicant who submitted the Application with the next highest score will become an alternate potential Scholarship Prize Recipient. Applicants understand that Wise Company is not liable for injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising from participation in this Scholarship Program and acceptance, possession and use of Scholarship Prize. Wise Company is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Scholarship Program or in the announcement of the Scholarship Prize. Taxes on prizes are sole responsibility of Scholarship Prize Recipients. Scholarship Prize Recipients will be issued 1099 tax forms.
5. PRIVACY: By submitting an Application, you acknowledge that Wise Company and its related companies may also call and/or send you information it thinks may be of interest to you.
6. PUBLICITY: Except where prohibited, by accepting a Scholarship Prize, the Scholarship Prize Recipients agree that Wise Company may, without any limitation or further compensation or notice, use his or her name, voice, picture, biographical information and/or likeness in any and all media, worldwide and/or on the World Wide Web, for the purpose of advertising and promoting the Website, Wise Company , the Scholarship Program, or any other promotion, contest or sweepstakes sponsored by Wise Company and waive any right to review or approve any such use.
7. OWNERSHIP: By submitting an Application, you acknowledge and agree that: (a) Wise Company will own your Application, including your written response submission, and (b) as between you and Wise Company , Wise Company will own all publishing rights in and to the Application and the written response submission. Each Applicant hereby irrevocably grants, transfers, sells, assigns and conveys to Wise Company, its successors and assigns, all present and future right, title and interest of every kind and nature whatsoever, including, without limitation, all copyrights, and all rights incidental, subsidiary, ancillary or allied thereto (including, without limitation, all derivative rights) in and to the Application and the written response submission(s) for exploitation throughout the universe, in perpetuity, by means of any and all media and devices whether now known or hereafter devised (the “Rights”). Wise Company shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to edit, composite, morph, scan, duplicate, or alter, the Application and written response submission(s) for any purpose which Wise Company deems necessary or desirable, and each Applicant irrevocably waives any and all so-called moral rights they may have in the Application and written response submission(s) submitted by him or her. Each Applicant hereby acknowledges that such Applicant does not reserve any rights in and to the Application and the written response submissions.
8. DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Except where prohibited, by participating, Applicant agrees that all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of participants and Wise Company and their agents shall be governed by and construed exclusively in accordance with the laws of the State of Utah without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law of any jurisdiction. Applicant agrees that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to this Scholarship Program, or awarding of the prizes, shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in the State of Utah and Applicant hereby consents and submits to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action. Except where prohibited, by participating in this Scholarship Program, Applicant agrees that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Scholarship Program, or awarding of the Scholarship Prizes, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with participating in this Scholarship Program but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any participant be permitted to obtain awards for and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. Some jurisdictions do not allow the limitations or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the above may not apply to you.
9. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES/INDEMNIFICATION. Each person who enters this Scholarship Program represents and warrants to Wise Company as follows: (i) the Application, including the written response submission is the Applicant’s own original, previously unpublished, and previously unproduced work; (ii) the written response submission is wholly original with Applicant and as of the date of submission, is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation or claim; (iii) the written response submission neither infringes upon nor violates the intellectual property rights or other rights of any other person or entity; (iv) the written response submission does not and will not violate any applicable laws, and meets the Submission Requirements set forth above. Each Applicant hereby agrees to indemnify and hold Wise Company harmless from and against any and all third party claims, actions or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs and expenses relating to or arising out of any breach or alleged breach of any of the warranties, representations or agreements of Applicant hereunder.
10. FURTHER DOCUMENTATION: Except where prohibited, potential Scholarship Prize Recipients (or their parents or legal guardians if they are minors at the time of application) may be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Publicity/Liability Release, and/or Copyright Assignment within ten (10) days of notification or the Applicant with the Application with the next highest score will become an alternate potential Scholarship Prize Recipient. If notification to a potential Scholarship Prize Recipient is returned as undeliverable, the Applicant with the Application with the next highest score may become an alternate potential Scholarship Prize Recipient.
11. NO OBLIGATION TO USE. Wise Company shall have no obligation (express or implied) to use any winning Application, or to otherwise exploit a winning Application or continue the development, production, distribution or exploitation thereof, and Wise Company may at any time abandon the use of the winning Application for any reason, with or without legal justification or excuse, and the Scholarship Prize Recipients shall not be entitled to any damages or other relief by reason thereof.
12. IMPORTANT. PLEASE READ - GENERAL RELEASE AND LIMITATIONS ON LIABILITY. By entering the Scholarship Program, each Applicant acknowledges and agrees that Wise Company , its related companies, affiliates, and each such company’s respective employees, officers, directors and agents are not responsible for any costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising from or in connection with: (i) incomplete, lost, late, misdirected or illegible entries or for failure to receive Applications due to any cause, including without limitation human, transmission, or technical problems, failures, or malfunctions of any kind, whether originating with sender, or otherwise, that may limit an Applicant’s ability to participate in the Scholarship Program; or (ii) any injury or damage resulting, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from participation in the Scholarship Program and/or the use of any prize, including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, or any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages related to or based on the Applicant’s rights of publicity or privacy, or the Applicant’s claim that he or she has somehow been defamed or portrayed in a false light. Wise Company assumes no responsibility for any damage to an Applicant’s computer system which is occasioned by accessing the Website or participating in the Scholarship Program, or for any computer system, phone line, hardware, software or program malfunctions, or other errors, failures, delayed computer transmissions or network connections that are human or technical in nature, or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to capture any information. This scholarship program is subject to all U. S. federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.
13. WISE COMPANY’S RIGHT TO MODIFY, SUSPEND OR TERMINATE. In the event Wise Company is prevented from continuing with the Scholarship Program by any event beyond its reasonable control, then Wise Company shall have the right in its sole discretion to modify, suspend, or terminate the Scholarship Program.
14. INCOME TAX CONSEQUENCES. National, state, and local tax rules vary, and the recipient and his or her parent are responsible for properly reporting the scholarship and satisfying any record keeping requirements in accordance with the tax laws to which the recipient is subject. Wise Company assumes no responsibility for the tax consequences of scholarships and advises recipients to consult with their tax advisors.
15. GENERAL PROVISIONS. Wise Company reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found to be tampering with the application process or the operation of the Scholarship Program or the Website, to be acting in violation of these Official Rules, to be submitting responses dishonestly or inaccurately, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of any entrant, the authorized account holder of the email address used to enter will be deemed to be the entrant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. If an Application is confirmed by Wise Company to have been erroneously deleted, lost or destroyed, the entrant’s sole remedy shall be another Application, if time permits. Wise Company ’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that or of any other provision. In addition, Wise Company is not responsible for any typographical or other errors in promoting this scholarship program, or in the description of any scholarship or in any other materials produced in connection with this scholarship program.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 3676 California Ave, B100 Salt Lake City, UT 84104 if you have questions about the scholarship program rules.