National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) has announced the 2020 winners of the Scott Wright Student Essay Contest, recognizing the hard work of student authors and the mentorship of post-secondary institution employees who helped them along the way. Awardees and their mentors each received $1000 and their institutions were granted complementary 2020-21 NISOD memberships.
The annual competition is held in honor of Scott W. Wright, acclaimed journalist and former editor of Community College Week whose reporting "brought national attention to developmental education and the unique mission community colleges possess in providing an accessible education."
Participants were asked to complete a 500-word essay on "a faculty member, staff member, or administrator who encouraged them to complete a course, finish a semester, or graduate from college and how that encouragement helped them reach their goal(s)." Those interested can read the award-winning essays on NISOD's website (at the first link above).
Want to encourage your student to participate? Next year's essay contest opens for submission on August 21, 2020. Read more about the guidelines and find a timeline for participation on NISOD's Scott Wright Student Essay Contest page.