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Destination College Speech Contest Scholarship

Terms & Conditions 

ELIGIBILITY: This speech contest scholarship is open to residents of New Hampshire who are high school seniors, in public, private, or homeschool, as of February 10, 2023, and who intend to enroll in a Title IV-eligible college or university in the Fall 2023 semester. Directors, trustees, officers, senior managers, the members of the selection committee, and the families of each of the foregoing groups are not eligible.

All entries uploaded to YouTube must comply with the YouTube Community Guidelines, and any entries that do not comply will be disqualified.

SPONSOR: This Contest and the associated prizes are provided by “the Sponsor”, New Hampshire Higher Education Loan Corporation (NHHELCO).

PRIZE: Four entrants (awardees) will be awarded a one-time grant (“the scholarship”). The value of the scholarship for the winning entrant (“the Winner”) will be $5,000; the value of the scholarship for the runner-up will be $1,000; and the value of the scholarship for the third- and fourth-place entrants will be $500. Each scholarship will be sent from The Sponsor directly to the awardee’s college, upon verification of each awardee’s enrollment, with instructions for the funds to be applied to the awardee’s student account. If the funds exceed the awardee’s outstanding balance, the remaining funds must be refunded to the awardee directly in the form of a check from the college. This scholarship must be applied to i) required tuition and fees of the educational institution or (ii) fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for awardee’s courses at the institution. The Sponsor may ask for proof of the expenses covered by this scholarship to ensure the funds were applied to educational expenses. If the recipient does not attend a college or university in Fall 2023 semester, the funds must be returned to the Sponsor. The awardee is liable for any potential tax liabilities/obligations incurred as a result of receiving the scholarship. 

TO ENTER: Links to uploaded videos of entrants’ speeches must be received by 11:59:59pm February 10, 2023, at the Center for College Planning email ( Entries must conform to the topical and time-limit parameters specified. 

WINNING: One (1) Winner, one (1) runner-up, one (1) third-place and one (1) fourth-place entrant will be selected by the selection committee. Entries will be evaluated based on their overall speech delivery, the length of the speech (must be between 3 and 5 minutes), the relevance of the subject matter, and the creativity of the content. These awardees will be entitled to the scholarships as described above in the “PRIZE” section. In order to receive their scholarship, the Winner will be required to attend the Destination College event at Plymouth State College on Saturday March 25, 2023 (rain date Sunday March 26, 2023) and read their speech to an audience at that event. In the event the winner is unable to meet their obligation to present their speech as described, the Sponsor reserves the right to award the scholarship to another entrant.

Decisions by the judging committee are final and binding, and not subject to appeal or review.

NOTIFICATION: Awardees will be notified by Friday March 10, 2023, via telephone.

Governing Law: The substantive laws of the State of New Hampshire, United States apply to and govern this Contest and any claims must be raised and resolved in the Federal or state courts located in Merrimack County, New Hampshire.

Limitation on Liability: By agreeing to the rules herein, the participant agrees to indemnify the sponsor, its affiliates, successors, subsidiaries or agents as well as its employees, directors and officers for any cost, loss, or damage of any kind resulting from their participation in this promotion. YouTube is not a sponsor or affiliate of this contest; YouTube has no liability related to this contest.


Submission of the Entry Form constitutes permission from the Entrant or the Entrant’s parent/legal guardian for the Sponsor to use Entrant’s name, likeness, biographical information, information and materials contained in the Entry Form, photographs, and any statements or remarks made about the Contest in advertising and promotion without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law.

 By entering, Entrant or Entrant’s parent/legal guardian agree to abide by the above stated rules, and warrant that their or their child’s/ward’s entry is their original work and does not infringe upon or violate rights of any third party. No royalties will be paid at this or any time. Each Entrant or Entrant’s parent/legal guardian, on behalf of the Entrant, agrees to release and hold the Sponsor, and its employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives, subsidiaries, parent companies, or other affiliated companies harmless from any and all damages, losses, claims and liabilities arising out of participation in the Contest or resulting from acceptance or claiming of any prize hereunder. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate, suspend or otherwise cancel the Contest at any time.  The Sponsor is not responsible for any expenses incurred in connection with participation in the Contest.

The first-prize Winner of this contest will be obligated to present their speech in person at the Destination College 2023 event, on Saturday, March 25th, at Plymouth State University. The Sponsor reserves the right to record the speech and share it on our website. We will also request a photograph and brief biography for our website.

Privacy: Unless otherwise specified, any and all information collected in connection with this Contest will be used by the Sponsor solely for the purpose of administering and promoting the Contest.