2018 College Scholarship Contest

Words to be Heard Scholarship Contest

Your Chance to Earn up to $10,000 for Your Education

The 2018 "Words to be Heard Scholarship Contest" is now closed. Our 2018 winners can be found here.

We will accept entries for the 2019 contest in the fall of 2018. Thank you to everyone who entered!

Are you a high school senior in western and central Pennsylvania looking for money for college? Want to take a stand against drunk driving and texting and driving? Then we have a college scholarship opportunity for you.

Our 2018 "Words to be Heard" Scholarship Contest is now accepting entries from high school seniors in western and central Pennsylvania who plan to attend a two- or four-year college, university, or trade school in the Fall of 2018.

All entries must be postmarked by March 30, 2018.

Learn more about our 2017 winning entries here.

We launched this program in 2007, and since that time have given away $150,000 to help students afford college. The details on how you can enter are below.

What Do I Have to Do?

We want you to submit your idea for a presentation that would discourage your peers from dangerous driving behaviors. You can focus on drunk driving, texting while driving, or any other form of distracted driving. The presentation can be a video, website, essay, brochure, or some other option that you come up with on your own. Be as creative as you'd like!

Please check out additional details about the presentation types.

Note: Students can work together to create a presentation. Each student must fill out their own application and prize money will be split between entrants.

What Are the Prizes?

This year, an outside panel of judges will select:

  • One $10,000 grand prize winner
  • One $5,000 2nd place winner
  • One $2,500 3rd place winner

What is the Deadline?

All submissions must be postmarked by March 30, 2018.

Who is Eligible?

The contest is open to all western and central Pennsylvania high school seniors who plan to attend a college, university, or trade school in the Fall of 2018.

How Do I Submit My Entry?

First, download and complete this application.

Then, send us:

1. The completed application including a recent photo.

2. A presentation (video/brochure/website/creative writing/or use your imagination) that discourages underage drinking and drunk driving, texting while driving, and/or any other form of distracted driving.

These items must be mailed together to:

Edgar Snyder & Associates
"Words to be Heard" Scholarship Contest
US Steel Tower, 10th Floor
600 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Note: Please test your presentation before mailing it in.

Presentation Details

Here is some additional information on what your presentation should include.

  • Video: Video must be on a DVD or flash drive with your name and school.
  • Brochure/Booklet: Must provide printed copy of brochure or booklet and a copy of brochure/booklet on a CD or flash drive labeled with your name and school.
  • Website: 2-page minimum, 10-page maximum. Must provide printed copy of website and a copy of the website on a CD or flash drive labeled with your name and school.
  • Essay/Creative Writing Piece: Please include a hard copy and also send on a CD or flash drive labeled with your name and school.
  • Or use your imagination

Feel free to be creative and include supplemental marketing materials for proposals such as, but not limited to, brochures, posters, T-shirts, etc.

Meet Our 2018 Winners

Our 2018 grand prize scholarship winner, Bridget Shelestak:

Bridget Shelestak

Fox Chapel High School
Allegheny County
"An Irreversible Choice" Video
$10,000 Scholarship

You can view Bridget's project and the rest of the 2018 winners here.

Questions and Official Rules

You can find the official contest rules here.

Have questions? Click here to email your question.

Scholarship Rules