First Place: $500.00 scholarship
Second Place: $100.00 scholarship
Entry Deadline: All entries should be postmarked by November 2, 2018.


Official Rules and How to Enter the Scholarship Essay Contest hosted by Immigration Arkansas.
About the Award;
Topic: How Immigration has affected your day to day life.
Immigration Arkansas, Inc. wants to increase public knowledge on the effects of Immigration in our local area, how it affects high school students’ and their families on a day to day basis.  By understanding the importance of Immigrants in America’s future can have a profound impact on these students and our lives too.
Who is eligible?
All students enrolled in school that are ages 16-21 in U.S. public, private and home schools within the State of Arkansas. Students must submit original work.
The essay should be 300-500 words. Entries may be typed or handwritten but must be double-spaced.
Entries may be submitted via email to, or by mail send mailed entries to:
Immigration Arkansas
ATTN: Essay Contest
2918 Central Ave.
Hot Springs, AR 71913
Note: Entries must be mailed or emailed for proof of receipt on or before due date.
Award recognition
First Place: $500 scholarship
Second Place: $100 scholarship
Scholarships are funded by generous donations for “Lets Rumba for Education”
Winners will be notified via email, and the names of winners will be announced at the “Lets Rumba for Education” Event on November 24, 2018.
Official rules

Section I – General Rules

1. Contestants must compose an original essay with limited guidance from others.

2. Immigration Arkansas, Inc. will have the right to edit, publish or otherwise duplicate any essay entered into the contest without payment to the author.

Section II – Qualifications for Contestants

1. The contest is open to all students ages 16-21 in public, private and home schools within the United States.

2. Contestants may submit only one essay entry during any given contest year.

Section III – Contest Rules

1. Participants must write on the official topic.  How Immigration has affected your day to day life.

2. Each entry must include a cover page containing your contact information, name address, and phone number.

3. Essays may be typewritten or legibly handwritten but must be double-spaced.

4. Essays must contain at least 300 words but no more than 500 words. Every word of the essay is counted. This does not include the title, bibliography or footnotes.

5. Any quotations or copyrighted material used in the essay must be identified properly. Failure to identify non-original material will result in disqualification.

6. Essays must be written in English.

7. Mailed entries must be stapled together in the upper left-hand corner.

8. Any protest in the conduct of the contest must be made immediately.


Section IV – Judging and Timing

1. Judging will be completed by a panel of qualified judges.

2. Judges will not discuss or compare essays being judged until all essays have been judged.

3. Only judges can assign a penalty or award points.

Section V – Scoring of Contest

Scoring procedures at all levels of the contest will be identical.

1. Material Organization (Logical interpretation of the subject, adherence to topic): 40 points

2. Vocabulary and Style (Phrasing and continuity): 30 points

3. Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling: 20 points

4. Neatness: 5 points

5. Adherence to contest rules (prepared in the proper format): 5 pointsType your paragraph here.

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