The Experience

Essay Contest: January 28

  • Submit all three documents below via our ONLINE APPLICATION FORM by January 29 (new extended deadline)
    1. Write a 500-1000 words essay in response to the following prompt: “If you could leverage $1,000, what project(s) could or would you undertake to make improvements in your local neighborhood or community?”
    2. Prepare a one-page CV highlighting achievements and extracurricular activities
    3. Prepare a copy of an unofficial transcript with the current GPA
  • Essay judging process
    1. Each essay will be graded by two judges.
    2. The judges will spend up to 30 minutes to grade each essay using the scoring rubric provided HERE.
    3. The scores for each contestant will be averaged.
    4. All essays will be ranked based on their averaged scores, and ten (10) to twenty (20) top finalists will be chosen based on their rankings to compete in the oral presentation round.
    5. Finalists will be notified by February 5, 2018.

Orientation: February 10

  • The YouthCon Orientation is an exciting and fun experience that is designed to empower finalists to learn more about themselves and their heritage, improve their technical and soft sills, and connect with members of AASuccess, industry leaders, and key figures in the Washington DC metropolitan area.
  • This optional one-day conference will be held on February 10, 2018, in Falls Church, Virginia, for all YouthCon finalists to rehearse their presentation skills in a low-stress setting. By providing critical feedback about their presentations, this mock-presentation environment will allow applicants to really focus on improving their articulation.
  • Finally, there will be a great line-up of speakers along with interactive and engaging workshops.
  • Finalists are highly recommended to participate. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Oral Presentation: February 17

  • The Oral Presentation Round requires each finalist to give a five-minute  presentation on his or her prompt essay. Finalists must explain the action plan, solutions and consequences of the project that he or she chooses for the prompt question. After the presentation, a panel of judges will be asking finalists questions regarding their presentation.
  • Oral presentation judging process
    1. On February 17, 2018, finalists will present their projects to a panel of key figures in the DC Metropolitan Area community.
    2. Then, each finalist must answer one character question chosen at the discretion of the judges.
    3. Judges will spend up to 15 minutes to score the 5-min presentation and 2-min character question portion based on the criteria for presentation, organization, supporting information, creativity, and insightfulness using the scoring rubric provided HERE.
    4. The scores for each contestant will be averaged.

How We Select Award Recipients

  • The final score will be a combination of essay score (40%) and oral presentation score (60%).
  • The five candidates with the highest total scores will receive their awards based on the qualifications.
  • Each recipient can only receive one scholarship award and must be present on March 23, 2018 during the 2018 YouthCon Award Ceremony.

Award Ceremony: March 23

  • All award recipients will be recognized and granted scholarship prizes as well as letters of recognition from business leaders and elected officials of the Government of Virginia during the Award Ceremony.
  •  The Award Ceremony gives us an opportunity to bring together over 200 distinguished guests, prominent business, community leaders, and state elected officials. The invited guests will enjoy a lively and meaningful evening of inspiring speakers, traditional culture performances, gourmet food, and fellowship. This is an opportunity for us to celebrate all the good things happening in our community and how we can inspire and enable next generations of leaders.

Interested in joining our competition?