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2- Submit your essay to the online application form

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Resident of Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia.
  • Must be a high school student.
  • Must be fully committed to all phases: Essay submission (due 2/24/19) and Oral Presentation (4/6/19).
  • First place finalist must agree to accept the Leadership Development Summer Internship to implement his or her project in order to receive award.
  • Finalists must be able to attend the ceremony (date: TBD) to be able to receive the award.

Essay Contest

Write an essay responding to the following prompt. 

  • Giving back is one major component of what makes AASuccess unique. We believe in not only dreaming of change but also taking action to create that change. Share with us a local or community issue you are passionate about. How would you start working towards a solution with a starting budget of $200?

  • Essay must be 500-1000 words.
  • Essay must follow criteria set in essay rubric.
  • Essay must answer the prompt to be graded.
Judging Process

  • Each essay will be graded by two judges.
  • Judges will spend up to 20 minutes on each essay using the rubric provided HERE.
  • To ensure fairness, there will be a third judge if any applicant’s score from the two initial judges differs by 6 or more points.
  • Semi-finalists will be notified on March 23, 2019 via email.

Oral Presentation

The Oral Presentation round requires each semi-finalist to give a presentation of no more than 10 minutes on his/her project idea proposed in the essay. They must explain the action plan, solutions and consequences of the project that he or she chose for the prompt question.
Judging Process

  • Semi-finalists will come dressed in professional attire, presenting their projects to a panel of key figures in the DC Metropolitan Area community at AASuccess’s office in Falls Church.
  • Judges will ask follow-up questions after the presentation that will be graded as part of the rubric, and then spend 10 minutes to discuss and score the presentation.
  • Judges will spend up to 10 minutes on each essay using the rubric provided HERE.
  • Finalists will be notified on April 8, 2019 via email.

How We Select Finalists

  • The final score will be a combination of essay score (40%) and oral presentation score (60%).
  • Applicants with the top three highest final score will be finalists and the 2019 YouthCon Scholarship awards recipients.
  • Each award recipient can only receive one scholarship award and must be present during the award ceremony, with exact date announced by May 30th, 2019.

Award Ceremony

  • 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 is an opportunity to network with over 200 distinguished guests, prominent business owners, community leaders, and state elected officials. The invited guests will enjoy a lively and meaningful evening of inspiring speakers, traditional cultural performances, gourmet food, and fellowship. This is an opportunity for AASuccess to celebrate the act of giving back within the community and inspire the next generation of leaders.
  • The first place finalist will have the opportunity to present their project idea.