Culver’s launched its fourth annual FFA Essay Contest on Feb. 19. The three winning essay writers will win $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500, respectively, for their FFA chapters.
The FFA chapters are encouraged to use their prize money to support educational opportunities for their members, like attending the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Oct. 24–27, 2018. FFA members can submit their essays at Culvers.com/essaycontest.
This year’s essay contest prompt: The 2017 National FFA Convention & Expo theme was “I can. We will.” What does this mean to you, and how will you apply it in your future ag career?
The contest ends April 6, 2018, at 5 p.m. CST.
“FFA members are our future, and we want to do our part in supporting them and their education,” said Jessie Kreke, senior marketing manager for Culver’s. “This contest is always such a great way for us to connect with them on an individual level to hear what they’re passionate about, and what they hope to accomplish in their careers.”
Culver’s essay contest is part of the restaurant’s Thank You Farmers Project, which is focused on making sure we have enough wholesome food to serve our growing population by supporting agricultural education programs that encourage smart farming. To date, the Thank You Farmers Project has raised over $1.7 million in support of the National FFA Organization and Foundation, local FFA chapters and a variety of local agricultural organizations
The submission period for proposals is now closed. Thank you to those who submitted to the competition. We will be back in touch regarding round two by 2 April.
The MIT Press and the MIT Media Lab announce a call for essays on the topic of resisting reduction, broadly defined, for the Journal of Design and Science. Essays should be in conversation with Joi Ito’s manifesto, “Resisting Reduction,” and the articles, also on this theme, published in the third issue of JoDS.
In support of open access scholarship and the free exchange of ideas, JoDS will award up to ten authors $10,000 each for chosen essays. Selections will run in JoDS under a Creative Commons license and will be published in an MIT Press volume. Proceeds from the publication of this volume will support open access publishing at MIT.
This is an open competition and everyone is encouraged to submit a proposal.
The submission deadline for essay proposals of no longer than 300 words is 2 March 2018 at 5pm EST. Semi-finalists will be notified on 2 April 2018 and invited to submit essays of 3,000 to 5,000 words. All selections will be made by the JoDS editorial board and winners will be announced on 16 July 2018.
Proposals should engage with and expand the conversation started by Joi Ito’s manifesto, “Resisting Reduction” and issue 3 of JoDS, which comprises essays on this topic.
A proposal of no longer than 300 words that outlines a new perspective relating to resisting reduction.
Interdisciplinary essays are encouraged. Proposals can focus on topics in any field of inquiry and are not limited by discipline.
Essay proposals must be written in English.
Your name, email address, brief bio, and a working title are required.
2 March 2018: Proposal submission deadline at 5pm EST (<300 words)
2 April 2018: Semi-finalists notified and invited to proceed to the next round
1 June 2018: Essay submission deadline for semi-finalists at 5pm EST (3,000 to 5,000 words)
16 July 2018: Contest winners announced
August 2018: Essays published in JoDS
2019: MIT Press volume published