Frequently Asked Questions
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND PROGRAMS
University of Missouri–St. Louis
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
PERTAINING TO THE UNITED NATIONS WORLD HOLIDAY CONTESTS
What are the prize amounts?
The total prize amount is $10,500. This is divided among the three categories. Each category features the following prize amounts:
$2,000 first place
$1,000 second place
$5,00 third place
Is this a cash prize?
The prizes are intended to serve as scholarships, applicable to current or future financial obligations to the University of Missouri-St. Louis. If your work is selected as a winning entry, and you are in your last semester and have no outstanding financial obligations to the university, you may be eligible to receive the prize in the form of a check. In this scenario, please consult a tax professional, as this may be considered taxable income.
Is it possible to win in more than one category? And is it possible to win more than once?
No. You may only enter one category per year, and you are only eligible to win one time. Previous winners of any category are ineligible to participate.
Are students employed by International Studies and Programs eligible to participate in the UN World Holiday Contest?
As the judges evaluate the submissions on a "blind" basis, it is acceptable fo students employed by International Studies and Programs to participate.
Can one of my professors assist me with my work?
Certain members of the faculty and staff are judges in the contest. A student may not knowingly seek assistance nor inform a member of faculty serving as a judge regarding a proposed submision.
Can a friend assist me with my submission?
The submission must be an original work of the student. As such the idea and execution must be done by the student.
Does a student winning the UN World Holiday contest have to pay income tax upon receipt of the scholarship money?
If a student has the University directly apply the monies to his student account to pay- tuition required for enrollment, mandatory fees, books and supplies required by a course, then it is deemed a qualified scholarship and not reportable to the IRS. However, if the student desires to receive the prize in cash or overpays these qualified expenses and receives a refund from the scholarship monies, then the University would be required to withhold 14% from the scholarship monies to be received by the student. Other expenses, such as paying for living expenses, housing, travel, supplies not required for a course, etc. are considered to be non-qualified scholarship expenses and would cause the amount to be expended on these items to be subject to tax and withholding by the University at the 14% rate.
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For further information on the contest, please contact:
International Studies and Programs
Room 366, Social Sciences and Business Building