“Say not what you think people want to hear but those positive things that you feel are essential.  This competition gives you a voice. Be brave. Speak up.”

-2012 Students Rise to the Challenge Winner, Rolanda Mack

SCORE wants to know more about the great learning that is happening every day in classes, schools, and districts across our state, and we are inviting Tennessee public school students in grades 3-12 to enter the 2015 Students Rise to the Challenge (SRTTC ) scholarship competition. The winners will receive a $1,000 college scholarship OR a $500 college scholarship and their choice of an Apple iPad Air or an HP Laptop.

Also, the teachers who helped submit or inspire the winning entries will be awarded a $250 Donors Choose gift card

To enter, students should submit an original essay, collection of photographs, or a video that addresses this prompt:

Tell us about a time your teacher went above and beyond to help you learn something new or overcome a challenge, in regards to your school work. What did your teacher do? What did you do? How will this help you in the future?

The students will get the opportunity to present their winning entry at the SCORE Prize Event, at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Monday, October 26, 2015.

To help students get started, here are a few examples:

Make a video of yourself reading your favorite poem, explaining what it means using methods teachers have taught you in class. Don’t forget to act it out! Take photos of different science experiments your science teacher is leading you on. Create a video showing how your teacher helped you master long division.

The Students Rise to the Challenge competition values creativity and originality, so we encourage teachers and students to think outside the box when crafting your entries.

Former Winner, Rolanda Mack with Senator Bill Frist and Jamie Woodson
Former Winner, Rolanda Mack with Senator Bill Frist and Jamie Woodson

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. CST on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. Please note, while SCORE loves collaboration, we cannot accept group submissions – each student must work on their submissions individually. Read more about how to prepare and submit your entry.

After the submission period closes on October 7, SCORE will select three winners: one from grades 3-5, one from grades 6-8, and one from grades 9-12. Those winners will then be entered into a weeklong Facebook poll, the Fan Favorite part of the competition. The winner whose entry gathers the most Facebook votes will be awarded an additional $50 in scholarship money. The Fan Favorite Component will run the week before the SCORE Prize Event, October 18th-25th.

The three winners will attend and be recognized at the SCORE Prize award show in the Laura Turner Concert Hall at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center at 6 p.m. CT on Monday, October 26, 2015. The event will feature remarks from Tennessee leaders as well as video highlights of the finalist schools and districts, and a music performance by ABC’s Nashville star, Charles Esten

If you have any questions about the competition, please reach out to Rachel Miklaszewski at rachel@tnscore.org or 615-727-1545.

To print or send a PDF competition announcement click here.

Follow the hashtags #SCOREprize and #SRTTC on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the excitement and submit your entry soon!