Sponsored by Capital City Bank, this scholarship provides Jefferson County students with funding at the college or trade school of the student’s choosing.
The topic of essays for the contest is…
What Does Jefferson County mean to me?
The scholarship will be a single one-time award of
- 1st Place $500
- 2nd Place $300
- 3rd Place $200
Essays will be judged on the following criteria.
- Originality 40%
- Quality and style of writing 20%
- Grammar and spelling 20%
- Accuracy of information 20%
Format: Page margins of one inch on all sides, using Times or Times New Roman font, size 12 and double-spaced. The essay should be 750 to 1,000 words in length, text only. Please do not include any images or photos.
- The writing contest is open to current juniors or seniors working toward obtaining a diploma.
- Students must be attending a public, private, or home school.
- Student must have a GPA of 2.0 or above.
- A previous scholarship winner, of any level, is not eligible to enter again.
Essays must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019.
Besides the essay, all entries must include an application form, a current photo and a high school transcript.
The application may be picked up at the Monticello Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, local schools, Capital City Bank or filled in electronically below.
Hand-delivered applications and essays may be stapled together and need not be put in a folder or report cover.
All contestants will be required to complete and mail or hand-deliver to the Monticello Jefferson Chamber of Commerce the Permission and Release Form.
Download, fill in and sign this document. Scan it and upload at the bottom of the form below, or hand-deliver it to the Chamber.
Selection of Judges
The Watermelon Festival Committee will select a panel of qualified judges for this contest. The judges will be individuals who live and work in Jefferson County. No individual may be a judge if he/she is related to a contestant.
Each judge will review and score essays on the basis of the criteria outlined below. The decision of the judges will be final. An average score for each essay will be calculated and used to determine winners.
Funds may be used for tuition, books or fees. If the proceeds of the scholarship are to be used for tuition, it will be awarded directly to the registrar of the college or trade school of the student’s choice. If the proceeds are used for books, the student will have to pay for the books and submit receipts in order to be reimbursed for this expense.
All moneys must be used in a timely manner. Seniors by June 1, 2020 and Juniors by June 1, 2021. If the money is not used it will be forfeited.
Scholarships will be paid to the college, university, training, or other educational entity of the winner’s choice to be applied towards his/her education or training for the 2019-2020 school year (senior winner) or the 2020-2021 school year (junior winner). The winner must request the funds be sent to the registrar of the appropriate school for tuition or provide receipts for reimbursement of textbooks.
At the time of the request, if the winner is under 18, a letter of acknowledgement signed by the winner’s parent or legal guardian must accompany the request for payment.
The Monticello Jefferson Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to refuse distribution of funds if minimum guidelines are not satisfied i.e. essays must discuss the topic as stated under essay guidelines and must exhibit a good faith effort on the part of the applicant.
Recognition and Publicity of Winning Essays
The Monticello Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, the Watermelon Festival Committee and Capital City Bank reserve the right to reprint in summary, part, or whole the winning essays of its scholarship contest and any photos of the winner, to include reprint in local media. All contestants will be required to complete the Monticello Jefferson Chamber of Commerce Permission and Release Form.