Frequently Asked Questions
Q. When can I apply?
The Contest begins at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on April 1, 2013 and ends at 4:00 p.m. ET on April 19, 2013 or when 3,000 applications have been received, whichever occurs first. If 3,000 applications are received before 4:00 pm ET on April 19, 2013, we will not accept any additional applications, so be sure to apply early!
Q. Who can apply?
The Contest is open to legal U.S. residents, who are 16 years of age or older as of date of application and are high school or college students that are enrolled at or accepted to a federally accredited four year college, university or graduate program for the Fall 2013 semester.
Q. How do I apply?
First, draft an original essay or record an original video explaining how you demonstrate good citizenship through community volunteerism and leadership. Then, visit www.citizensbank.com/scholarship or www.charterone.com/scholarship, click on the “Apply Now” link as directed, and follow the instructions to complete the online application form. Be sure to include two references who have been involved with your volunteer efforts. You must include all information requested on the online application form. Next, upload a photo with either an essay or video. Photos must be a headshot of the applicant only. Essays must be no more than 250 words. Videos must be no more 60 seconds.
To complete your application, you will be required to provide two documents: an affidavit of eligibility and proof of enrollment/acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester. Download your affidavit of eligibility, print out the form, and complete it. To be sure we receive both the completed affidavit and the proof of enrollment/acceptance, you may scan them and email them to TruFitScholarship@dja.com, fax them to 631-454-1834 (Attn: SM), or mail them to: Don Jagoda Associates, Inc., 100 Marcus Drive (Dept. SM), Melville, NY 11747.
Q. What is considered a proof of enrollment/acceptance?
We will accept the following as a valid proof of enrollment/acceptance:
Q. Where can I download an affidavit of eligibility?
Your affidavit of eligibility can be downloaded once you have completed your application. You will also be emailed a link to this form after your application has been accepted.
Q. What happens to my application if my affidavit of eligibility and proof of enrollment/acceptance are not received by the end of the Contest period?
If you fail to return the required documents prior to the end of the Contest period, your application will be disqualified.
Q. How will I know if I have completed all of the requirements to complete my application?
Due to the volume of submissions, the Administrator will not be confirming receipt of submission components or confirming if submission components are complete. Therefore, it is extremely important that you follow all instructions carefully and review your affidavit of eligibility prior to submission to avoid any errors or incomplete information.
Q. What should I include in my essay or video?
It’s a good idea to demonstrate leadership in your community, the number of hours per week/month/year that you are involved; and how you will continue to stay involved in the community as you continue your education. As long as you comply with the Official Rules, you may take any creative approach you want in illustrating your community involvement.
Applications must be in English.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Q. What shouldn’t I include in my essay or video?
Do not include other people without having their permission (or a parent’s/legal guardian’s permission, if person depicted is a minor).
If submitting a video, beware of any clothing worn or props/items used in the video. They must not display any visible logos (other than logos mentioned above), drawings, cartoons, phrases, trademarks or other third-party materials. The same applies to your photo submission.
Do not include material plagiarized from another source or an application that has been previously published or submitted in another competition.
Do not include obscene, profane, lewd, defamatory or inappropriate images or text; or nudity, acts of violence, acts that appear to cause injury or harm, or acts that are illegal or dangerous.
Do not include any third party materials, or materials that, violate or infringe (or may be at risk of infringing) any third party rights, including without limitation copyright (including music), trademark rights, privacy rights (including portrayal in a false light), publicity rights, or other intellectual property rights.
Do not include logos (other than Citizens Bank, Charter One or the organization where you may perform community work), marks that identify a brand, or other personal or proprietary materials of any entity or person living or deceased. Please note, if you include any logos or anything identifiable for the organization where you may perform community work, you must get the permission from a principal in the organization in order to include that material. Citizens Bank or Charter One may also request that permission in writing in their sole discretion.
Q. How are winners determined?
A Sponsor-selected panel of judges will score the 3,000 applications received based on the following criteria: Best depiction of leadership and initiative – 33%; Relevance to theme, including type of service and amount of time spent doing service – 33%; and most compelling video or essay – 34%. In the event of a tie, tied applicants will be re-judged by the Judges, based 100% on most deserving applicant. The 40 applicants with the highest scores will be deemed the winners.
Q. When will winners be determined?
Applications will be judged by May 3, 2013.
Q. How many times can I apply to the Contest?
You may only submit one application in the Contest.
Q. I’m having difficulty applying for the Contest. What should I do?
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