2018 Scholarship Winner: Nathan Wu, University of Waterloo
2017 Scholarship Winner: Daniela Mata, Texas A&M International University
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The selected winner will receive a one-time $500 provided by Owner Direct Vacation Rentals and paid to the winning applicant.
ELIGIBILITY: The Owner Direct Vacation Rentals Study Away Scholarship Contest (the “Contest”) is open to all US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are at least 18 years old at time of entry. By participating in the Contest, each Entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Owner Direct Rentals, Inc. (“Sponsor”), which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible for the collection and judging of entries and the overall administration of the Contest. Entrants should look solely to the Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Contest. No purchase is necessary to enter the Contest and a purchase will not improve the ability of an Entrant to win. Employees of the Sponsor and its affiliates, subsidiaries, and related companies, agencies, and immediate families (defined as parents, children, siblings and spouse and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and those living in the same household, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win. Void in Puerto Rico, all U.S. territories and possessions and overseas military installations and where prohibited or restricted by law.
TIMING: The Contest begins on Jul 1, 2019 and ends on August 31, 2019 at 11:59pm PST (the “Contest Period”).
HOW TO ENTER: Entrants can enter the Contest by emailing an original essay in PDF format describing why travel is important, 800 words or fewer, to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with the Entrant’s name, college at which they are enrolled full time, mailing address and documentation proving the Entrant’s current or upcoming enrollment in an accredited university or college program for the 2019-2020 year, which together will constitute a Contest entry (an “Entry”). All entries must be written in English. All written submissions become property of Owner Direct Vacation Rentals and may be edited and published on our website, blog, social media accounts, or elsewhere as we see fit. Owner Direct must receive your Entry by August 31, 2019 at 11:59pm PST. By submitting an Entry, YOU AGREE TO THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND ANY DECISION OF SPONSOR. You may not use multiple email accounts to participate in the Contest. Anyone found to use multiple accounts to enter will be ineligible to win. Limit one (1) Entry per person. If more than one (1) Entry per person is received or if any person attempts to submit more than one (1) Entry by using the same, multiple or different names or email addresses, such Entries may be deemed void and such Entrant may be disqualified from the Contest.
JUDGING: The winning Entry will be selected by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, based on the following criteria (the “Judging Criteria”): content, style, inspiration, creativity and persuasiveness. Sponsor will select the winning essay and announce it September 2019. Final determination of the winning Entry is at the Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.
GRANT OF RIGHTS: Each Entrant is responsible for his or her Entry and the consequences of posting or publishing it. By submitting an Entry to Sponsor, Entrant (i) waives any and all rights in and to any material submitted by Entrant in connection with this Contest (including all moral and other rights of authorship); (ii) hereby acknowledges and agrees that Entries (including material submitted by Entrant in connection with the Contest) become Sponsor’s property and will not be returned; and (iii) grants, transfers and conveys to Sponsor the absolute right to edit, modify, publish, exploit and use an Entry, actions, likeness, name, appearance, biographical material, written works, and all other information or materials that Entrant has provided or may provide in connection with this Contest, and the right to secure copyright registrations thereto in perpetuity, including, without limitation, the right to use the Entry, in whole or in part, for any and all purposes and in any media, now known or hereafter devised, and in any manner, without further approval, permission or consideration, throughout the universe in perpetuity. Sponsor is under no obligation to use an Entry.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Each Entry submitted (i) must be Entrant’s own original work and must not contain work not created by Entrant, (ii) must not be disparaging to Sponsor and must be in keeping with the Sponsor’s image (as Sponsor determines in its sole discretion), (iii) may not be inappropriate, offensive, libelous or defamatory, pornographic, sexually explicit, contain nudity, unlawful or plagiarized, (iv) must not be harassing, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, profane, obscene, excessively violent, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable or offensive in any way, (v) may not violate or encourage others to violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation, (vi) may not defame or invade publicity rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any person’s personal or property right or any other third party right, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement, (vii) may not contain commercial or corporate advertising, including display of corporate logos, brand names and slogans, other than those relating to Sponsor which Entrant has a limited license to use to incorporate in his/her Entry in this Contest, (viii) may not include references to alcoholic beverages, tobacco, drug paraphernalia, firearms or any depiction or representation thereof and (ix) may not include any virus, worm, corrupt file, Trojan horse or other forms of corruptive code or content that may harm or compromise Sponsor’s website or the proper conduct of the Contest. Entrant must have permission from all individuals that are referenced in the Entry (if any) to use their name in the Entry and to grant the rights set forth herein. If requested, Entrant must be able to provide such permissions in a form acceptable to Sponsor. Sponsor has the right in its sole discretion to determine if any Entry is not appropriate for publication on its website or for any other public release and if Entry is in compliance with these Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify an Entry for any reason. Sponsor’s decisions are final and binding with respect to all matters relating to this Contest.
PRIZE: Sponsor will choose one essay as the winner and will give the Entrant with the winning essay a $500 scholarship to put toward a study away program (the “Prize”). The $500 will be paid in Canadian funds if entrant is Canadian and in US funds if entrant is located in the US. Taxes on the Prize, if any, are solely the responsibility of the Entrant receiving the Prize. We recommend that you consult with your tax advisor if you have further questions. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in its sole discretion, unless such substitution is prohibited by law. Sponsor may disqualify a winner and select an alternate winner if the Prize is returned undeliverable. The Prize is non-transferable. Sponsor need not substitute a prize based on the winner’s request.
WINNER SELECTION: One Entrant will be selected by Sponsor according to the Judging Criteria. Entrants are subject to verification that they are qualified participants as defined by these rules. The Sponsor will notify the winning Entrant via email. The potential winning Entrant must respond to the Sponsor’s prize notification email within 72 hours from the time of the Sponsor’s prize notification email message or such prize will be forfeited. In the event that the potential winning Entrant does not respond to Sponsor’s prize notification email within the specified time or the prize notification email is returned as undeliverable, a new winner will be chosen by the Sponsor based on the Judging Criteria. Alternate winners will be contacted via email and must respond to the Sponsor’s prize notification email within 72 hours from the time of the Sponsor’s prize notification email. Acceptance of the Prize shall constitute and signify the winner’s agreement and consent that Sponsor and its designees may use the winner’s name, city, state, Entry, photo, school and prize information in connection with the Contest for promotional, advertising or other purposes, worldwide, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, including the Internet, without limitation and without further payment, notification, permission or other consideration, except where prohibited by law. Some restrictions apply. All taxes or expenses, including without limitation, sales tax, luxury tax and any other costs incurred in claiming or using the Prize are the sole responsibility of the winner as well as all costs incurred in entering into the Contest or using or enjoying the Prize, such as any administrative costs, insurances and spending money are (unless specifically stated otherwise). No substitutions or cash equivalent of the Prize will be permitted. The Prize is non-transferable.
LIMITATIONS ON LIABILITY: Sponsor and its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, parent corporations, advertising and promotional agencies, and all of their officers, directors, shareholders, employees, and agents are not responsible for: any incorrect or inaccurate Entry information; human errors; technical malfunctions; failures, omissions, interruptions, deletions, or defects of any telephone network, computer online system, computer equipment, servers, providers, or software, including any injury or damage to Entrant's or any other person's computer relating to participation or inability to participate in the Contest; inability to access the Site or upload information or data; theft, tampering, destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, Entries; data that is processed late or incorrectly or is incomplete or lost due to telephone, computer, or electronic malfunction or traffic congestion on telephone lines or the Internet or any website (including the Site) or for any other reason whatsoever; printing or other errors; or any combination thereof. Proof of uploading information or data or entering information at the Site is not considered proof of delivery or receipt. Illegible, duplicate and incomplete Entries will be disqualified. False, fraudulent, or deceptive Entries or acts shall render Entrants ineligible and all associated Entries will be void. In the event of a dispute as to any Entry, the authorized account holder of the email address used to register will be deemed to be the Entrant and must comply with these Official Rules. 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. Each Entrant may be required to show proof of being an authorized account holder.
INDEMNITY: Entrant shall indemnify and defend the Sponsor, its parent companies, each of Sponsor’s advertising agencies, and the officers, directors, employees, and agents of all of the foregoing and the successors and assigns of each of them, from and against actions, claims, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses, including reasonable counsel fees related to (i) Entrant’s use of the Prize, (ii) the Sponsor’s use of any of the materials submitted by Entrant in connection with this Contest or (iii) any intentional misconduct or negligence by Entrant in connection with this Contest.
RELEASES: As a condition of participating in the Contest, Entrants release Sponsor and its parent, subsidiaries, agencies, divisions and affiliates from liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever including property damage, personal injury and death that may occur in connection with, preparation for, travel to, or participation in the Contest, or possession, acceptance or use of the Prize or participation in any Contest-related activities and claims based on publicity rights, copyright or trademark infringement, defamation or invasion of privacy and merchandise delivery.
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Potential winning Entrants are subject to Sponsor’s verification. Sponsor’s decisions are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. Potential winners must comply with the Official Rules, and receipt of the Prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. Sponsor is not responsible for technical, hardware or software failures, malfunctions, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions or unforeseen schedule changes that may limit an Entrant’s ability to participate in the Contest, even if caused by Sponsor’s negligence. Sponsor has the sole discretion to modify, cancel or suspend this Contest should viruses, bugs, human error, unauthorized human intervention, fraud, or other causes beyond Sponsor’s control affect the administration, security or proper functioning of the Contest or Sponsor otherwise becomes incapable of running the Contest as planned, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. If terminated Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, determine the winners from among all eligible Entries received up to time of such action either by using the Judging Criteria or as otherwise deemed fair and appropriate by the Sponsor. The Sponsor is not responsible for changes to the Entrant’s contact information. No illegible, incomplete, forged or altered Entries will be accepted. Sponsor has the sole discretion to disqualify Entrants who violate these Official Rules, tamper with the operation of the Contest or engage in any conduct that is detrimental or unfair to Sponsor, the Contest or any other Entrant.
SPONSOR: Owner Direct Rentals, Inc., 1409-3168 Via Centrale Kelowna BC V1V 2R6