"United Nations Day: A World Holiday" Scholarship Contest frequently asked questions:

Question:
What is the "United Nations Day: A World Holiday" Scholarship Contest?

Answer:
Each year, International Studies and Programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis sponsors the "United Nations Day: A World Holiday" contest. The contest, which is only open to UMSL students, awards scholarships for the best UMSL student artwork, essay, and website design on United Nations Day, a worldwide holiday observed the 24th day of October each year.

These contests were established by Dorothy Schneider, former Red Cross overseas worker, college faculty member in San Diego, California, and St. Charles, Missouri, and author of the UN Resolution to create United Nations Day as an international holiday.

Question: 
What are the prize amounts?

Answer: 
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
$500 third place

Question:
Is this a cash prize?

Answer: 
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. The Office of International Studies and Programs will provide congratulations, but not tax advice.

Question:
When is the entry deadline?

Answer:
The entry deadline for this year's contest is 5 p.m., Friday, October 18th, 2013.

Question:
Where can I find rules for each category?

Answer:

Question: 
Is it possible to win in more than one category? And is it possible to win more than once?

Answer: 
First of all, that's two questions. Nice try. 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.

Question: 
Are students employed by International Studies and Programs eligible to participate in the "United Nations Day: A World Holiday" Scholarship Contest?

Answer: 
As the judges evaluate the submissions on a "blind" basis, it is acceptable for students employed by International Studies and Programs to participate.

Question: 
Can one of my professors assist me with my work?

Answer: 
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. 

Question:
What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?

Answer:
42, but I hardly see how that relates to the "United Nations Day: A World Holiday" Scholarship Contest...

Question:
Can a friend assist me with my submission?

Answer:
The submission must be an original work of the student. As such, the idea and execution must be done only by the student.

Question:
Can my friends and I enter as a group?

Answer:
Group entries are not allowed. So that would be a "no." Sorry.

Question:
Does a student winning the United Nations Day: A World Holiday contest have to pay income tax upon receipt of the scholarship money?

Answer: 
The contest coordinator, though a highly-regarded expert on several matters, including owl husbandry and hairstyles of the 1970s, cannot provide tax advice. Please consult a tax professional.

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For further information on this contest, please contact
Bob Ell
Contest Coordinator
International Studies and Programs
366 Social Sciences & Business Building
314-516-7299