We invite all graduating seniors to enter our Essay Contest. The first award need not necessarily be used for higher education, but if the student does enroll (and remain enrolled) in college, then the award is renewable for up to 3 additional times if certain criteria are met.
- March 26, 2018 – Deadline for submissions to be received
- May 5, 2018 or earlier – Winner notified
Here is some of what the application says:
Topic: The Theme for our 2018 Calendar is “Finding the Right Path.” What does that mean to you? Figure out a way to link your answer to a specific historic place in Oviedo. (NOTE – that last sentence is key…if you don’t link it to a specific historic place, your chances of winning go way down).
About the Award: $500 will go to a graduating Senior or non-traditional student (someone seeking more education, but not necessarily going straight from high school) who demonstrates a love of Oviedo and a willingness to share that enthusiasm with others via public writing and public speaking. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges who don’t even know the names associated with the essays. No interviews will be conducted, and you won’t be asked to read your essay to us. If you win, however, you will be expected to make a public appearance at a convenient time and say something about what you wrote. The winner will be selected and notified no later than May 5, 2018. All submissions are due in no later than March 26, 2018. The scholarship is renewable for up to 3 years if you maintain good grades and meet certain other requirements (like staying out of jail and volunteering 10 hours a year with TOPP – which can be done remotely). The total value of the award if $2000.
Tips: Entertain us. TOPP strives to make history so interesting people can’t help but care about it. The winning essay will be the one that best lends itself to being posted on Facebook and being genuine enough that people will read it. Please know that all people are equally confused about what the topic means, so don’t worry too much about it. Just write. Facts are appreciated and essential. Some great resources are Oviedo: Biography of a Town (by Richard Adicks), Oviedo: Circa 1960 (available at the Oviedo Library), past TOPP Calendars (post 2007 – we had some errors in the early years), the Seminole County Property Appraiser’s site, and people you know who have lived in Oviedo a lot longer than you have.
Word Limit: 300 words. It’s completely ok to use less words, especially if you’ve already said all you have to say.
Format: Please attach this sheet to the front of your submission and mail it to TOPP Scholarship Committee / 6007 Lake Charm Circle / Oviedo, FL 32765. If you type your entry, please use 12 point Times New Roman font and do NOT include any contact info on the essay portion of your entry. This is a blind judging. ***Entries will not be considered complete unless 2 letters of recommendation are included.*** Please send all parts of your entry in the same envelope to make sure that all of the parts stay together and you remain eligible for the award.