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Scholarship Essay Contest: General Rules

  1. The essay must be solely the work of the school student. Plagiarism will result in disqualification and may be reported to the appropriate authorities.
  2. All entries will be initially judged by Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. Submissions will be judged on accuracy, grammar, style and originality. Judges will look for clear, original essays that are logically organized and well-supported.
  3. The three top place essays will be selected as finalists for the voting round.
  4. The student’s essay that gets more votes will win the contest.
  5. Decisions of the judges are final.
  6. Employees of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., Consultwebs.com, Inc., their boards of directors and immediate family members are not eligible for this essay contest.
  7. Winners shall be required to provide a Social Security number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number to Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., for issuance of a 1099 Form where appropriate. All federal, state, local and other taxes and charges on prizes will be the sole responsibility of the contestant.
  8. Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., reserves the right to use, reproduce or distribute as it sees fit in its sole discretion any submissions that the firm receives in this contest, although the student retains the right to use the essay for his or her own purposes as well.
  9. By accepting a prize, winners grant to Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., the right to edit, publish, copy, display and otherwise use their essays in connection with this contest and to further use their names, photos and biographical information in promotional materials without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law. This includes using information on salvilaw.com, the firm’s social media accounts, the firm’s newsletter, PR web and outreach to media outlets and winners’ schools.
  10. Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., will make every reasonable attempt to view and have judged every essay, but Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., is not responsible for failure to review and/or judge a submission.
  11. Any prize or other item to which a contestant may become entitled as a result of his/her participation in this contest is subject to immediate revocation in the event of a discovery of a contestant’s failure to comply with these rules.
  12. The number or amount of prizes may be changed at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.’s discretion.
  13. By participating in this essay contest and/or accepting a prize, contestants agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., its managers, members, directors, officers, and employees, from and against any and all liability and costs in connection with any claim from any liability, injury, damages, cost or expense, including reasonable attorney’s fees, arising out of or connected to participation in this contest or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prizes.
  14. Under no circumstances shall Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., its managers, members, directors, officers, employees, agents, investors or licensors, be liable to the contestant for any indirect, punitive, special or consequential damages.
  15. Depending on the number of responses, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., may institute a cut-off, at which time we will refuse to receive additional new applications. Therefore, if you are interested in participating in this essay contest, you should submit your signed and scanned application form, copy of your essay and photo of yourself as soon as possible.
  16. If there are changes to these Rules, they will be sent by email and will be considered read and accepted by the contestant. If they are not acceptable, the contestant may withdraw from this essay contest.
  17. Any dispute arising from this contest will be determined according to the law of the State of Illinois, without reference to its conflict of law principles. The contestant’s participation in the contest shall constitute consent to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in Cook County, Chicago, Illinois, and agreement that such courts have exclusive jurisdiction over all such disputes.