Scholarship Official Rules
Terms and conditions: 2016-2017 academic year
The InvestmentZen Financial Future Scholarship Program is open to anyone actively enrolled full-time in an accredited, post-secondary institution of higher learning (college, university, or trade school).
Current employees, officers, directors and agents of Sponsor and its related companies and members of their immediate families (defined as spouses, parents, siblings, and children) and persons residing at the same address are not eligible to win. Void where prohibited. No purchase of any kind is necessary.
2. HOW TO ENTER
To enter submit a complete scholarship application online at the Sponsor’s Website no later than April 1st, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. GMT / UTC. Limit one (1) application per person. Preliminary application available on the Sponsor Website must include applicant and school information, and an original, previously unpublished response to the scholarship topics listed on the scholarship guidelines. Your response must be written in English, with correct spelling and grammar, and it must not exceed fifteen hundred (1,500) words.
No substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages will be accepted once you have submitted your original manuscript. Written responses that are obscene, pornographic, libelous or supportive of illegal or unlawful activity will be disqualified. All applications and manuscripts become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for lost, late, misdirected, or unintelligible entries. By submitting an application, you fully and unconditionally accept and agree to these official rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding.
3. SELECTION OF POTENTIAL WINNERS
Sponsor is looking for eligible Applicants who follow directions and submit applications and manuscripts that are well-written and clearly and creatively address the topic. We will select one (1) potential winner based on the criteria of writing ability (25 percent) and the quality of the idea(s) put forth (75%). Sponsor will select at least one (1) of the submitted applicants as the potential prize-winning applicants. The potential winner will be notified by e-mail, at which time they will be required to sign further documentation as explained below. Sponsor shall have no liability for any potential winner notification that is lost, intercepted or not received by the potential winner for any reason. Portions of the prize-winning applications or manuscripts may be posted on the Sponsor’s Website, or used in other marketing materials, without further compensation or notice to the winner, and the applicant consents and confirms the same herein.
One (1) winner will receive a scholarship prize in the amount of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00 USD). Each scholarship prize will be in the form of a check made payable to the accredited post-secondary institution of higher education attended by the scholarship prize recipient (once the scholarship prize recipient has enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education and submitted proof of enrollment to Sponsor). Scholarship prize recipients must submit proof of enrollment within 30 days of notification. Scholarship prizes may not be assigned, transferred, or changed, except at the sole discretion of Sponsor. No cash equivalent prizes will be awarded. The awarding of any scholarship prize is contingent upon full compliance with these official rules. Applicants agree to be bound by official rules and agree that if any scholarship prize recipient fails to provide proof of identity, refuses to provide required affidavit, refuses to complete and provide any requested tax forms (including IRS W-9 form), is found to have violated the official rules or otherwise does not meet eligibility criteria, scholarship prize will be forfeited and the applicant who submitted the application and manuscript with the next highest score will become an alternate potential Scholarship Prize Recipient. Applicants understand that Sponsor is not liable for injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising from participation in this scholarship program and acceptance, possession and use of scholarship prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the scholarship program or in the announcement of the scholarship prize. Taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of scholarship prize recipients. Scholarship prize recipients will be issued 1099 tax forms if US residents.
By submitting an application, you acknowledge that the Sponsor may also call and/or send you information that pertains to the scholarship or your application.
Except where prohibited, by accepting a scholarship prize, the scholarship prize recipients agree that Sponsor may, without any limitation or further compensation or notice, use his or her name, voice and/or likeness in any and all media, worldwide, for the purpose of advertising and promoting the Website, the Sponsor, the Scholarship program, or any other promotion, contest or sweepstakes sponsored by InvestmentZen.
Each Participant warrants and represents that the Essay for this Contest is wholly original and their own creation, and that he or she is the sole owner of all rights (other than Sponsor’s) relating to the Essay, and that nothing contained therein infringes any third party’s copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights or rights of publicity or privacy for which Participant has not obtained a license to use. Participant warrants and represents that the Essay does not contain anything for which the Participant was compensated or granted any consideration by any third party.
8. DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Except where prohibited, by participating, Applicant agrees that all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these official rules, or the rights and obligations of participants and Sponsor and their agents shall be governed by and construed exclusively in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law of any jurisdiction. Applicant agrees that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to this scholarship program, or awarding of the prizes, shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in the State of Texas and Applicant hereby consents and submits to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action. Except where prohibited, by participating in this scholarship program, applicant agrees that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Scholarship program, or awarding of the scholarship prizes, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with participating in this scholarship program but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any participant be permitted to obtain awards for and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. Some jurisdictions do not allow the limitations or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the above may not apply to you.
9. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES/INDEMNIFICATION
Each person who enters this scholarship program represents and warrants to Sponsor as follows: (i) the application, including the written response submission is the applicant’s own original, previously unpublished, and previously unproduced work; (ii) the written response submission is wholly original with applicant and as of the date of submission, is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation or claim; (iii) the written response submission neither infringes upon nor violates the intellectual property rights or other rights of any other person or entity; (iv) the written response submission does not and will not violate any applicable laws, and meets the submission requirements set forth above. Each applicant hereby agrees to indemnify and hold the Sponsor harmless from and against any and all third-party claims, actions or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs and expenses relating to or arising out of any breach or alleged breach of any of the warranties, representations or agreements of applicant hereunder. The Sponsor will not discriminate against any applicant because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The Sponsor will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
10. FURTHER DOCUMENTATION
Except where prohibited, potential scholarship prize recipients (or their parents or legal guardians if they are minors at the time of application) may be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Publicity/Liability Release, and Copyright Assignment within ten (10) days of notification or the applicant with the application with the next highest score will become an alternate potential Scholarship Prize Recipient. If notification to a possible scholarship prize recipient is returned as undeliverable, the applicant with the application with the next highest score may become an alternate potential Scholarship Prize Recipient.
11. NO OBLIGATION TO USE
Sponsor shall have no obligation (express or implied) to use any winning application, or to otherwise exploit a winning application or continue the development, production, distribution or exploitation thereof, and Sponsor may at any time abandon the use of the winning application for any reason, with or without legal justification or excuse, and the scholarship prize recipients shall not be entitled to any damages or other relief by reason thereof.
12. IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ: GENERAL RELEASE AND LIMITATIONS ON LIABILITY
By entering the scholarship program, each applicant acknowledges and agrees that the Sponsor, its related companies, affiliates, and each such company’s respective employees, officers, directors, and agents are not responsible for any costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising from or in connection with: (i) incomplete, lost, late, misdirected or illegible entries or for failure to receive applications because of any cause, including without limitation human, transmission, or technical problems, failures, or malfunctions of any kind, whether originating with sender, or otherwise, that may limit an applicant’s ability to participate in the scholarship program; or (ii) any injury or damage resulting, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from participation in the scholarship program and/or the use of any prize, including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, or any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages related to or based on the applicant’s rights of publicity or privacy, or the applicant’s claim that he or she has somehow been defamed or portrayed in a false light. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any damage to an applicant’s computer system that is occasioned by accessing the Website or participating in the scholarship program, or for any computer system, phone line, hardware, software or program malfunctions, or other errors, failures, delayed computer transmissions or network connections that are human or technical in nature, or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to capture any information. This scholarship program is subject to all U. S. federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.
13. SPONSOR’S RIGHT TO MODIFY, SUSPEND OR TERMINATE
In the event, Sponsor is prevented from continuing with the Scholarship program by any event beyond its reasonable control, and then Sponsor shall have the right in its sole discretion to modify, suspend, or terminate the scholarship program.
14. GENERAL PROVISIONS
Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found to be tampering with the application process or the operation of the scholarship program or the Website, to be acting in violation of these official rules, to be submitting responses dishonestly or inaccurately, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of any entrant, the authorized account holder of the email address used to enter will be deemed to be the entrant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. If an application is confirmed by Sponsor to have been erroneously deleted, lost or destroyed, the entrant’s sole remedy shall be another application if time permits. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these official rules shall not constitute a waiver of that or any other provision.
15. LIST OF SCHOLARSHIP PRIZE RECIPIENTS
The names of the scholarship prize recipients of this scholarship program will be posted on the InvestmentZen Website at www.investmentzen.com/scholarship/winners
The scholarship program is sponsored by InvestmentZen.
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