How to Apply
Each EAST program is unique with strengths, opportunities and personalities that set it apart. In nominating your program to participate in the 2018 Founder’s Award Competitions, you are setting a plan into motion that will provide an opportunity to showcase some of the unique moments and successes you have had over the past year. Applying for the Founder’s Award is a two-step process.
The Founder’s Award competition focuses on three categories (Student Growth, Community & Collaboration, Project Sophistication & Innovation) giving programs a chance to apply for one or more categories in which they are strongest. Programs that are strong in all categories are encouraged to go for the Overall Founder’s Award, which requires entering all three categories plus an additional Client Selfie Video. A winner will be named for each of the three categories, along with an Overall Founder's Award winner who encompasses strength in every area.
Please seriously consider entering the Founder's Award Competition. Whether for a single category, multiple categories, or for the Overall Founder's Award. Best practice has shown that the schools that go through the process of entering for the Founder's Award tend to build stronger programs and have more engaged students and stronger community ties. This is a great reflection tool! Good luck and have fun!
Step 1 - Letter of Intent
Letter of Intent Deadline - 3 p.m., CST, December 15, 2017
Complete the form and select the categories (Student Growth, Community & Collaboration, Project Sophistication & Innovation) in which your program will be competing. To enter for the Overall Founder’s Award, you must also enter for ALL 3 individual categories. Letters will not be accepted after the deadline, and programs without a letter of intent cannot compete for the Founder's Award. A program may choose to withdraw from the competition after submitting a letter of intent.
Letter of Intent
Step 2 - Applications
All Applications Deadline - 3 p.m., CST, January 30, 2017
Click on the categories below to review the complete application requirements, judging criteria, and submission instructions for each category in which you choose to compete.
Submission components for the individual categories
- 5-8 minute video will be the primary application component for each individual category
- (NEW THIS YEAR) On one document, provide a bulleted list of the most significant projects (20 max) and a bulleted list of clients (20 max)
- Photographs (8-10) of project work
Submission components for the Overall Founder’s Award application:
- Submit the applications for all three individual categories
- (NEW THIS YEAR) Client Selfie Video - video of the client describing their work with your EAST Program
With the primary application component including video, start collecting footage and resources now. Priority should be given to content. This is not a video competition. If you really want to impress the judges, plan and tell an impressive story - fancy video editing and flashy effects are not necessary.
Community & Growth
Project Sophistication & Innovation
Overall Founder’s Award
Finalist & Winner Selection
Finalists will be announced for the Overall Founder’s Award, and students from these programs will give a presentation to a panel of judges at the Conference. Winners of each category and the Overall Founder’s Winner will be announced at Gala. The Overall Founder’s Winner will also share their presentation with the 3,000+ attendees at the Gala.