The Excel Builders Blog Scholarship
OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES
By entering this contest, you agree to all official rules and regulations governing the winning of any prizes.
Will be selected at the sole discretion of Excel Builders, in accordance with the Judging Criteria set forth below. No purchase or payment of any kind is required to enter or to win. Entry deadline is December 30th, 2014. Winner will be chosen January 15, 2015.
All applicants should fill out the scholarship application below and include their full name and mailing address with their submission. The submission should include a personal statement, well as an essay on one of the following topics:
- Luxury Topic: With Companies Like Nest Popping Up, Home Design and Customization Has Never Been So Interesting. What Features would You Like to See on the Homes of the Future?
- Sustainability Topic: Environmentally Friendly Home Building is a Hot Topic. How Can We, As Potential Home Buyers, Come to the Aid of our Planet?
- Novelty Topic: Oh no! A zombie plague has swept across the land. Tell us about the defensive and comfortable features of your post-apocalyptic pad.
THE SCHOLARSHIP PRIZE
The winning entrant will receive a check in the amount of $1,000.00 (one thousand) U.S. dollars (which may be used without restriction in the winning entrant’s sole discretion, but that we hope will contribute to furthering his or her education). The Scholarship Prize will be sent to the winner by U.S. First Class Mail or by other means of transmission selected by Excel Builders in its discretion, within five (5) business days of Excel Builders selection of the winning entry. The winner will be required to submit a signed W-9 form, and will be sent a 1099 form for tax purposes in January, 2015.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:
Submit your entry to the Excel Builders website via the form provided. YOUR ENTRANT CONTACT INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SHARED WITH ANY THIRD PARTY, AND WILL NOT BE USED BY EXCEL BUILDERS FOR ANY PURPOSE THAT IS NOT DIRECTLY ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR ENTRY IN THE CONTEST.
This contest is open only to citizens and legal residents of the United States over the age of 13. Entrants must be enrolled as a high school senior, or a student enrolled in any undergraduate or graduate college program. We will affirmatively verify the eligibility of the winning entrant, and he or she will have to sign an affidavit confirming eligibility.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Dec 30, 2014.
All eligible entries must be received by Excel Builders or before the deadline for submissions. We reserve the right, however, to extend the deadline, or to cut off entries on an earlier date, in our sole discretion. If we change the deadline, we will post a notice of the change but will not contact you individually to advise you of the change.
Excel Builders staff will judge your entry, and will select the winning submission, based on application of the following judging criteria: Compliance with requirements of original content and format Quality and originality of submission Excel Builders staff may weigh any of these criteria in their sole discretion in determining the winning entry.
OWNERSHIP AND USE OF SUBMISSIONS
BY ENTERING THIS CONTEST, AND SUBMITTING TO EXCEL BUILDERS, ENTRANT REPRESENTS THAT THE SUBMISSION CONTAINS ONLY ORIGINAL CONTENT BELONGING TO THE ENTRANT, AND THAT IT DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY CONTENT BELONGING TO ANY THIRD PARTY, AND EXPRESSLY AGREES THAT ON RECEIPT OF THE SUBMISSION, EXCEL BUILDERS WILL OWN ALL RIGHT, TITLE AND INTEREST TO ALL SUBMISSIONS, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE RIGHT TO PUBLISH THE SUBMISSION ON THE INTERNET, AND MAKE SUCH USE OF THE SUBMISSION, OR ANY PART OF IT, AS EXCEL BUILDERS IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION MAY DETERMINE.
ANNOUNCEMENT AND NOTIFICATION OF WINNER
Winner will be selected and announced via the Entrant Contact Information submitted with each entry. If Winner is unable to be reached or does not respond to notification of winning within 72 hours, Excel Builders reserves the right to select an alternate Winner. Excel Builders reserves the right to announce publicly the name of the Contest Winner, as well is his or her city and state of residence in the U.S. The Contest Winner will be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release before any public announcement is made.
Excel Builders and its employees, officers, directors, affiliates, agents, and representatives are not responsible for any typographical or other errors in the offer or administration of the contest, including, but not limited to, errors in any printing or posting or these Official Rules, the selection and announcement of any winner, or the distribution of any prize. Any attempt to damage the content or operation of this contest is unlawful and subject to possible legal action by Excel Builders. Excel Builders reserves the right to terminate, suspend or amend the contest, without notice, and for any reason, including, without limitation, if Excel Builders determines that the contest cannot be conducted as planned or should a virus, bug, tampering or unauthorized intervention, technical failure or other cause beyond Excel Builders’s control corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the contest. In the event any tampering or unauthorized intervention may have occurred, Excel Builders reserves the right to void suspect entries at issue. Excel Builders and its employees, officers, directors, affiliates, agents, and representatives, and any telephone network or service providers, are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human error, technical malfunction, lost or delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, line failure or malfunction of any telephone network, computer equipment or software, the inability to access any website or online service or any other error, human or otherwise.
INDEMNIFICATION AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
BY ENTERING THE SWEEPSTAKES, EACH ENTRANT AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS EXCEL BUILDERS AND ITS EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AFFILIATES, THE FACEBOOK PLATFORM,ADMINISTRATOR, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONAL AGENCIES, AND ALL THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS FROM ANY LIABILITY, DAMAGES, LOSSES OR INJURY RESULTING IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FROM THAT ENTRANT’S PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST AND THE ACCEPTANCE, USE OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE THAT MAY BE WON. EXCEL BUILDERS., AND ITS EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AFFILIATES, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONAL AGENCIES, AND ALL THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS DISCLAIM ANY LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE TO ANY COMPUTER SYSTEM RESULTING FROM ACCESS TO OR THE DOWNLOAD OF INFORMATION OR MATERIALS CONNECTED WITH THE SWEEPSTAKES