Ugly Sweater Scholarship

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The holidays are such a joyous time. The lights and festive decorations, cheerful smiles among friends and family, and, of course, ugly sweaters. Let's face it, without ugly sweaters the holidays wouldn't be the same. This scholarship hopes to celebrate and reward those with the ugliest holiday sweater. To apply for this scholarship you only need to complete 4 easy tasks: 1. Complete our simple entry form. ( 2. Upload a photo of you wearing your ugliest holiday sweater. 3. Submit a short story (no more than 250 words) of how you acquired your ugly sweater. This story could be fiction or nonfiction, so please be creative to submit something that you think would be popular among potential voters and our judge(s). 4. Share our website ( and promote your photo with friends and family via social media, word-of-mouth, texting, e-mail, carrier pigeon, and smoke signal to help get your photo to the top of our rankings. How to Win: We are awarding two scholarship awards: a voting scholarship award and a judged scholarship award. Voting Contest ($250): Winner will be selected based on the entry that receives the most votes. We ask that you make a $1 donation for each vote. Each vote received as part of the Ugly Sweater Scholarship will help support The Salvation Army’s “Brighten The Holidays” program. Judged Contest ($100): Winner will be selected by our judge(s) based on the entrant’s photo and story submission (votes will not be a factor in the judged scholarship contest).

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Who is Eligible: Legal residents of the United States who are 16 years of age or older and are (or will be) enrolled as a junior or senior in high school, or post-secondary school (university, college, or community college) or graduate school program in the United States for the upcoming school year. Individuals enrolled in trade schools or technical programs are also eligible if they meet the residency, age, and other requirements contained within the scholarship rules. Only one entry per eligible entrant is permitted. One entry enters you into both scholarship contests. Winners will be announced on or around January 31. Please refer to our scholarship rules for all terms and conditions related to this scholarship.



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