Why Education Matters Essay Contest

Commitment to Academic Excellence

As education continues to evolve, the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) and F3 Education Awards Program have reaffirmed our commitment to academic excellence. Together we have created an annual essay contest awarding five education awards of $1,000 each for high school students.


Essay Topic and Rules for 2014-2015 CALSA and F3 Why Education Matters Essay Contest  

The collaborative forces of CALSA and F3 are behind the Why Education Matters Essay Contest, which will award five $1000 education awards to exceptional, motivated young students.


How do you personally define "success" and what role does education play in aiding you to achieve it? Address those passions unique to you and describe what educational foundation is necessary to successfully marry these personal passions to professional endeavors.

Contest Rules:

The five winners of the Why Education Matters Essay Contest will each be awarded a $1000 education award. Eligibility for the education awards is reserved exclusively for seniors attending a public high school in California planning to attend a community college or a four-year university upon graduation in June 2015.

The submission period for 2015 is now closed. Check back soon for information on winning entries. CALSA and F3 do not assume responsibility for lost, late, misdirected, and illegible entries, all of which will be disqualified. Each student entry must include the student's home telephone number, including area code, in the upper right hand corner of each page. It must be the same number as that listed on the application form.

The student entrant must not put his/her name on the essay.

F3 will forward entries to judges selected by CALSA for assessment. Essays will be assessed on content and style, including but not limited to passion, clear, articulate, and logical organization, development of ideas expressed, insight, creativity, and completeness and consistency in the use of language, variety in sentence structure, range of vocabulary, use of proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

  • Essays must be solely the work of the student entrant. Plagiarized essays will be disqualified.
  • Entrants must submit only one essay.
  • Decisions of the judges are final.
  • All entries become property of CALSA and F3. They will not be returned.

Award winners will be notified in March, 2015. The likelihood of winning will depend upon the quality of all other entries as judged by the criteria stated above. Prizes are nontransferable. All prizes will be awarded. Competition is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state, or local taxes.

Essays must be original, not in the public domain, factually accurate, and must not infringe or violate any law or the legal or equitable right of any person or entity, nor contain material that infringes or violates any personal property rights of others or that constitutes defamation, invasion of privacy, an infringement of the intellectual property rights of any third person, or is otherwise unlawful. By submitting an essay, each student acknowledges his or her understanding of and compliance with these rules. CALSA and F3 reserve the right to disqualify any entry deemed inappropriate for publication, at their discretion.

Within 10 days of the date specified in the notification, winners and, for students 17 years of age or younger, their parents/guardians, will be required to execute an affidavit of originality, eligibility, and compliance with rules, a release of liability, and a grant of publication rights, or the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner. Winners must provide a street address where CALSA and/or F3 can mail the winners a publicity release, affidavit of eligibility, and, if applicable, a tax form.

All essays and all rights to their publication become the property of CALSA and/or F3 Education Awards Program, which may use, edit, and excerpt these entries for promotional or any other purpose, including placing them online without attribution or compensation, additional or otherwise. CALSA and F3 Education Awards Program reserve the right to use winners' names and other biographical data, including but not limited to, hometowns, schools and school districts of attendance, in any advertising or promotional materials relating to this competition without further notification, permission, or compensation to the winners, except where prohibited by law.

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