How to Enter

Write or record your story

No professional production necessary: just record on your smartphone and tell us your story. Keep it brief and let us know how you’ve used your ACCS education to strengthen your life and your community. If you’d rather write it down, we’ll take submissions as text as well. Photos are encouraged.

Submit it here

Once you’ve saved the video or put your story into words, click the Submit Your Story button and upload your video or enter your text.

Share it with your network

If your story is chosen to be featured on the site, we’ll notify you and encourage you to share it with everyone you know. Because sharing your story is the best way to inspire others.

Timeline

Don’t procrastinate. We’ll be taking submissions through Jan. 10 and will post finalists by Jan. 24. You can still submit your story here after Jan. 10, but it will no longer be eligible for the alumni scholarship contest.

Contest Rules

Videos must be no longer than 4 minutes, and written submissions should not exceed 750 words. Participants who submit testimonials must have attended one of the 26 ACCS member colleges for at least two semesters.

Scholarship Recipient Guidelines

The $5,000 scholarship will be given to a student graduating from an Alabama high school in 2014. If the winning alum did not attend high school in Alabama, they will have the opportunity to choose a school in Alabama that will receive the scholarship in their name. The scholarship recipient will be chosen by the leaders of the alum’s high school alma mater. The recipient must be planning to attend one of the 26 ACCS member colleges.

Terms & Conditions

This contest is sponsored by the Alabama Community College System (“ACCS”) Presidents Association.  There are two phases to this contest.  The first phase (hereinafter referred to as the “Alumni Selection” phase) is open to individuals who have attended one of the ACCS member colleges for at least two semesters.  Eligible participants must submit via this website their response to the question: How have you used the education you received as an ACCS student to strengthen your life, your community and our state?

Alumni may submit their responses through this website by video or in writing.  Videos must be no longer than 4 minutes, and written submissions should not exceed 750 words.  The deadline for submissions as part of this contest is January 10, 2014.

A panel of six ACCS college presidents (hereinafter referred to as the “Selection Panel”) will determine the Alumni Selection phase finalists.  Input from the ACCS community will be solicited through social media to help choose a winner.  Finalists will be selected by January 24, 2014.

For the second phase of this contest, if the winner of the Alumni Selection phase attended a high school in Alabama, then the leadership of that high school shall select a student to receive a $5,000 scholarship (hereinafter referred to as the “Scholarship Award” phase).  If the winner of the Alumni Selection phase did not attend a high school in Alabama, he/she will have the opportunity to choose a high school in Alabama through whom the Scholarship Award will be made to an eligible student.

The student selected to receive the scholarship must graduate in the spring of 2014, and must attend one of the ACCS member colleges in order to receive the scholarship.  The student must also be a United States citizen or must be otherwise eligible for admission per Alabama State Board of Education policy.

Individuals who are under the age of 19 must have the written consent of their parent or legal guardian to participate in this contest.  Your parent or legal guardian must read and agree to these terms and conditions and grant you permission to participate.  Individuals who are currently eligible to receive a tuition waiver at an ACCS member college are not eligible to receive the Scholarship Award.

The $5,000 scholarship awarded as part of this contest will cover, until it is expended, tuition, fees, and books.  The scholarship funds will be provided and held as a credit on the winning student’s account at the ACCS member college where that student matriculates.  Cash will not be provided to the student.  If the student transfers to another ACCS member college before the scholarship funds are fully expended, then any remaining balance shall be transferred to the transferee ACCS member college and shall be held as a credit on the student’s account at the transferee college until the funds are fully expended.

If the student ceases attending an ACCS member college for any reason, with the exception of military service, for more than two consecutive semesters, not counting summer semesters, then the student will forfeit the remaining portion of the scholarship funds and said remaining funds shall be returned to the Alabama Community College System Presidents Association.  Notwithstanding the forgoing, the student may request in writing to the President of the ACCS member college where he/she was attending that he/she be allowed to continue to receive the benefit of the Scholarship Award, until it is fully expended, despite having to miss more than two consecutive semesters, not counting summer semesters.  The President, in his/her sole discretion, may approve such a request for good cause shown.

Eligibility to participate in both phases of this contest will be separately verified through means selected by the Selection Panel or its designee, in its sole discretion.  By entering into this contest, you hereby authorize the Selection Panel or its designee to obtain any educational records it deems necessary for such verification, and you authorize any ACCS member college or other educational entity to release such educational records to the Selection Panel or its designee.  You specifically waive any claims against the Selection Panel and/or its designee, and the ACCS member college and/or its designee employees, for violations of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) and/or any other applicable state or federal privacy laws or regulations.

This contest is made available on an “as is, where is” basis.  All express and implied warranties, including but not limited to, warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, are hereby disclaimed.

By participating in this contest, you acknowledge and agree that the Alumni Selection shall be made in the sole discretion of the Selection Panel, and that the Scholarship Award shall be made in the sole discretion of the leadership of the selecting high school, as further explained above.  As consideration for providing this contest and Scholarship Award, you expressly, intentionally, and unconditionally release, remise, and acquit the Selection Panel and its individual members; the Alabama Community College System Presidents Association and its past, present, and future individual members, officers, employees, agents, attorneys, and insurers; the Alabama State Board of Education and its individual past, present, and future members, officers, employees, agents, attorneys, and insurers; the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education and its past, present, and future officers, employees, agents, attorneys, and insurers; all past, present, and future member institutions of the Alabama Community College System, and all past, present, and future officers, employees, agents, attorneys, insurers, and students of said institutions; the Alabama Department of Education and its past, present, and future officers, employees, agents, attorneys, and insurers; the high school whose leadership selects the Scholarship Award recipient, and that high school’s past, present, and future officers, employees, agents, attorneys, and insurers, as well as the local secondary school system to which that high school belongs and that system’s Board of Education and its past, present, and future individual members, officers, employees, agents, attorneys, and insurers, and that system’s central school system office and its past, present, and future, officers, employees, agents, attorneys, and insurers (hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Releasees”); of and from all claims, actions, causes of action, damages, costs, injuries, and/or losses of any kind or amount, regardless of intent, whether known or unknown, liquidated or unliquidated, whether under a contract or a tort theory, arising from or related to this contest, the Alumni Selection phase, the Scholarship Award phase, and/or the provision or distribution of the scholarship funds.

Except where otherwise prohibited by applicable law, entry into this contest constitutes express permission to use your name, likeness, submission, prize information, the name of the ACCS member college where you matriculate(d), and/or your occupation and/or field of study, without limitation, for promotional purposes without further permission from you or any compensation to you.  You represent and warrant that you have the right to use and submit as part of this contest any materials, in whatever form of media or otherwise, that you submit as part of this contest.  Further, you waive all claims against all Releasees for infringement of rights of privacy, including but not limited to those rights arising under state or federal law.  You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless all Releasees from and against all claims and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees and costs, arising from and related to any Releasee’s use of the materials you submit as part of this contest.

All disputes arising from or related to this contest shall be governed by the laws of the State of Alabama, without regard to any choice of law rules or doctrines.  You hereby irrevocably waive all rights to a trial by jury in any legal proceeding arising from or related to this contest.  You expressly agree that venue for all legal proceedings arising from or related to this contest shall exclusively lie in the appropriate state or federal courts situated in Montgomery County, Alabama.

This contest may be suspended or terminated without notice for any reason at the sole discretion of the Alabama Community College System President’s Association, by either the group as a whole or by the president of the group.