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Ford Blue Oval Scholarship – Operation Education Essay Contest WHAT ARE THE RULES? Ford Blue Oval Scholars Operation Education Military scholarship contest is open to high school students that are children of active U.S. service members (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior) and are residing in the South Puget Sound Area (please see Who is Eligible to apply for complete list). No purchase necessary. Participants must be legal residents of the United States. One entry per person. Employees of Ford Motor Company (sponsor), SME Education Foundation (administrator), their subsidiaries, affiliates, and immediate family members are not eligible for the contest. Void where prohibited. Scholarships will be awarded to winners’ educational institution when enrolled. Proof of enrollment must be provided prior to winner’s 21st birthday. Scholarships are to be used to subsidize the costs of tuition, school books, fees, on-campus or off-campus housing, on-campus board, special tools and equipment required for coursework, school-approved tutoring, and any other required educational expenses that are unmet. This scholarship is open to two and four-year degree programs. Winners must be present to accept the award at the Ford Military Scholarship Reception to be held in May, 2014. HOW DO I ENTER? Eligible participants must provide an essay answering the following questions: What have you learned from having a family member in the service, and how has this impacted your goals and plans for the future? SME Education Foundation will begin accepting written essay entries by U.S. mail beginning on March 10, 2014 and ending on April 15, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. PST. Written essays can be mailed to Kathleen Carter at SME Education Foundation, One SME Drive, P.O. Box 930, Dearborn, MI 48121. Mail-in submissions must be postmarked by April 15, 2014 and received by April 18, 2014. Submitting an entry constitutes agreeing to the terms of these Official Rules and all decisions of Ford Motor Company and/or its designee, which are final and binding in all respects. Ford Motor Company is not responsible for incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete entry information or for entries which are garbled, damaged, incompletely received, otherwise defective or lost due to any reason, all of which will be voided. Participants assume all risk of lost, late, misdirected, incomplete or ineligible entries. Once submitted, all essays become the sole property of Ford Motor Company and can/will be used to promote company programs and services without further compensation or permission. Essays will not be returned.


WHAT ARE THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS? All applicants must submit:  A completed Scholarship Application form, including contact information and signature of parent/guardian.  An essay of 500 words or less on the following questions: What have you learned from having a family member in the service, and how this has impacted your goals and plans for the future?   

A written recommendation on school letterhead from a teacher or school counselor. An official copy of the student’s high school transcript (applicable to sophomore, junior and senior students only since freshmen will not have a transcript available) Proof of dependency: DEERS Report or dependent Military ID

Optional Documentation  Community service involvement WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?    

A dependent child of a U.S. Citizen The applicant must be a child of an active duty or reserve component service member; or A child of an active duty or reserve component service member who is currently classified as a POW or MIA; or A dependent child must be a South Puget Sound resident at the time of application. A South Puget Sound resident is defined as living in the following school districts: Auburn Bethel Clover Park SD Eatonville Federal Way Fife Franklin-Place North Thurston Olympia

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Puyallup Rainier Steilacoom Sumner Tacoma Tenino Tumwater University Place Yelm

Coast Guard and National Guard and Reserve Dependents are eligible regardless of school district due to base and post locations. Scholarship Applicants must be a high school student (freshman, sophomore, junior or senior) enrolled as of January 1, 2014, unmarried and must submit the required documentation as proof of dependency (noted in What Are The Application Requirements section). Sophomore, Junior or Senior applicants must have a 2.0 GPA to be eligible for an award and proof of enrollment at an educational institution must be provided prior to winner’s 21st birthday. Students awarded scholarships must attend the scholarship ceremony planned for May, 2014.

WHAT ARE THE ESSAY REQUIREMENTS?  All applicants must complete the entire application form (downloadable from www.smeef.org) including: applicant’s full name, primary phone number, address, e-mail address, parent/guardian contact information, school district and principal name and expected graduation date.  All submissions must be in English.


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Essay must be typed and cannot exceed 500-character limit. Please include your last name in the bottom right hand corner of each page. Page formatting should be double spaced with a 12-point LEGIBLE font, on 8-1/2 x 11-unlined white paper. Mail essay, application form, recommendation letter, proof of dependency and official transcript to SME Foundation, ATTN: Kathleen Carter, One SME Drive, P.O. Box 930, Dearborn, MI 48121

Mail-in submissions must be postmarked by April 15, 2014 and received by April 18, 2014. WHAT ARE THE CONTEST DEADLINES? The following dates pertain to the contest schedule and are subject to change:  March 10 – April 15, 2014 Essay contest period will close at 5:00pm PST on April 15, 2014  April 28 – May 2, 2014 Essay submissions judged  May 5 – 9, 2014 Winners are notified  May, 2014 Scholarship ceremony WHAT DO I WIN? There will be 43 scholarships awarded to the winning entries. The first place winner will receive a scholarship totaling $5,000, second and third place winners will receive a scholarship totaling $2,500 each and the remaining 40 winners will receive a scholarship totaling $1,000 each. The scholarship will be paid directly to the college/university at which the winner is enrolled. HOW IS EVERYTHING JUDGED? For the written essay, a judging panel selected by Ford Motor Company will determine the scholarship winners based on the criteria listed below.  

Must follow Official Contest Rules. Essays will be judged on the following criteria: o The essay answers the questions o The essay relays the applicant’s goals and plans for the future o The essay includes an introduction, body and conclusion. o Use of proper English, including correct spelling, punctuation and capitalization. o Ideas and thoughts are presented in sequential order. o Essays should have a clear focus and point of view on the subject. o Extra value can be given to students who support his or her main idea with facts, details, examples, quotations, or stories.

Once essay judging is complete, the judging panel selected by Ford Motor Company will make the final decision. Judges reserve the right to reject any entry that it deems, in its sole discretion, to violate any of these content related requirements, in which case the entry will be disqualified without any notification. The judges’ decision is final. SME Education Foundation will notify the winners on or around May 5, 2014. In the event that one of the scholarship winners is disqualified, judges will review the remaining valid entries to award the scholarships to an alternate winner. If an alternate winner is disqualified for any reason, prizes will not be awarded. Questions? Questions may be addressed to Kathleen Carter at SME Educational Foundation – (313) 425-3305 or kcarter@sme.org.

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MIlitary children of Active Duty Service members residing in the South Puget Sound Area, from 9th to 12th grade could win $5000 college sch...