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Rules and Criteria


The Democratic Women’s Council of Horry County (DWCHC) is sponsoring an Essay/Video Contest with two $1,500 college scholarships for the winning essay or video. Accredited institutions of post-secondary education are applicable for consideration (accredited colleges, universities, trade schools).

The topic for the 2024 scholarship contest is: 

How should Democrats respond to the media's influence on our Democracy?

  • Essay submissions should be between 1,000 words and 1,500 words 

  • Video submissions should be a maximum of two minutes in length (+/- 15 seconds)

  • Entries must be received by March 29, 2024 and must include: 

    • LINK TO APPLICATION FORM complete and upload the following files to the form:

    • Photo proof of Horry County SC residency, which may include a SC driver’s license, state issued ID or SC voter ID card (free to registered voters at the Horry County Voter Registration and Elections Office)

    • Essay (Google Doc) or video file (MP4). Google link to the essay or video must be shared so anyone with the link may VIEW. 

    • Qualified applicants must be a graduating Horry County public high school senior. Applicants must be a registered voter of Horry County or scheduled for public High School graduation by June 2024. Voter registration card or proof of residency (for applicants under the age of 18) shall be required at time of essay or video submission. 

  • Applicant agrees to allow the publication of the essay, photos and videos of the winners at the discretion of the DWCHC via social media, print and electronic media.

  • Each applicant may submit only one essay or video for consideration.

  • The essay or video will be judged using a scoring rubric (essay or video) provided for student reference on the DWC website: 

    • Essays will be checked for plagiarism and AI generated content.​

  • The winning essayists or videographers must provide a copy of their accredited college/university/trade school/post-secondary/continuing education acceptance letter. The scholarship award will be issued to the winning applicant.

  • The winning essayists or videographers agree to provide an update of their college/continuing education progress after the first semester and at the end of their freshman year.

Scholarship Contest Entry deadline is March 29,  2024

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