Social Justice Week Scholarship Competition

2021 CSM Social Justice Week Scholarship Competition

Win a scholarship that can be applied to tuition or books!

   

2021 Theme: Social Justice in Crisis

Covid-19 has upended our world in ways that will require years of reflection and study to fully understand. The pandemic has impacted us all, but it has not done so equally. As the virus has criss-crossed the world, it has become embedded in and inflected by our existing social structures, problems, and inequities. The simple truth is that the pandemic has exacerbated inequalities among those marginalized because of race, poverty, gender, ability, and other factors.

Our 2021 Social Justice Week (April 12-16) takes up the task of better understanding the interplay between this global pandemic, social justice, and the lived experience of people most inordinately impacted by the virus. Topics (may) include but are not limited to:

  • Access to technology and employment
  • Food and housing insecurity
  • Inequities within the health care system
  • Mental health issues
  • Racial, gender and class inequities in criminal justice and throughout our society
  • LGBTQ rights and issues
  • Disability rights and issues
  • Education
  • Individual and family safety and wellness
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Environmental impact, environmental justice
  • Global justice

 
About the Competition

CSM’s 2021 Social Justice Week Scholarship Competition provides funds to supplement the costs of studying at CSM. All CSM students are invited to submit high-quality work pertaining to the theme “Social Justice in Crisis” and in five categories:

  • Academic Research: e-Posters, research papers, or PowerPoint presentations representing academic research in any discipline

  • Literary Arts: Poetry, essays, short stories, plays, speeches, etc.

  • Visual and Performing Arts: Photography, painting, graphic art, ceramics, sculpture, music, theater, dance, etc.

  • Digital Media and Film: Public service announcements and short documentaries.

  • Special Competition: Global Justice in Crisis: Projects in any discipline and format (from the list above) that address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic abroad

Judges will award scholarships in all five categories (a total of 15 Category Awards) as follows:

  • First Place: $700 Scholarship
  • Second Place: $500 Scholarship
  • Third Place: $200 Scholarship

An additional $500 Grand Prize scholarship will be awarded to one of the five First Place winners. Category Award winners will be announced on April 16. The Grand Prize winner will be announced during the Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremony.

Deadline for Submissions

Sunday, April 4, 2021, 11:59 p.m.

Eligibility

The competition is open to all currently enrolled College of Southern Maryland students who will continue their enrollment beyond May 2021. Only submissions that address the theme, “Social Justice in Crisis,” and that adhere strictly to submission guidelines will be accepted into the competition. Students’ entries will be evaluated on the quality and significance of the work, and the quality and clarity of the written and/or visual presentation. 

Judging

Panels of CSM faculty and staff will assess entries in each category using rubrics based on submission guidelines and disciplinary standards regarding quality of work.

  • Submissions will be judged on addressal of the theme, attention to disciplinary standards and conventions, and attention to grammar and mechanics.
  • In the interest of fairness, any judge recognizing a student’s work will acknowledge their connection and recuse themselves from final assessment. 

How to Enter

Follow the submission guidelines for the category in which you wish to enter work. Submission guidelines contain details about specific types of projects that may be entered and instructions for submitting your work. Adhere to the submission guidelines precisely.

Guidelines for Submissions

Follow the links below for submission requirements in each category. Entries that do not meet submission guidelines will not be entered into the competition.

Co-authored submissions are permitted. No more than three projects will be accepted from a single student.   

Submit one e-poster, research paper, or PowerPoint presentation that addresses the theme, “Social Justice in Crisis.” Please note that because the competition is virtual, the SJD Research Competition Committee will not be printing and will not require any printed posters, papers, or PowerPoint slides for this competition. Please save your poster as a PDF file.  

Your submission can address topics such as:

  • Access to technology and employment
  • Food and housing insecurity
  • Inequities within the health care system
  • Mental health issues
  • Racial, gender and class inequities in criminal justice and throughout our society
  • LGBTQ rights and issues
  • Disability rights and issues
  • Education
  • Individual and family safety and wellness
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Environmental impact, environmental justice
  • Global justice

Submission Requirements (Academic Research, all formats):

  • In your e-mail submission, provide the following:
    • In the subject line:
      • Academic Research: [Title of your piece]
    • In the body of the email:
      • Provide your name, contact info, the title of your piece, and the category for which you are submitting (Academic Research).
      • Provide an abstract describing the work (limit 250 words). The abstract should explain the connection between your work and the social justice theme.
    • Label your file as Academic Research_[Title of your piece]
    • Attach your submission as a PDF file (.pdf).
  • Email your submission to equity@csmd.edu.

 Guidelines for e-Posters:

  • Posters should contain relevant information.
  • Include as many pictures, diagrams, and figures as you can. If you can illustrate an important point using text or a figure, if you have space, use the figure.
  • Keep in mind that your poster should be visually appealing to grab the attention of the reader.
  • You can be creative as to how you present your work, but it should be easy to follow.

Guidelines for Research Papers:

  • Abstract
  • The following headings are suggested to structure your abstract, but you can amend as necessary
    • Introduction/Background, Methods, Findings, Conclusion
  • Three-page summary of research project.
  • The paper should convey in a clear way how the project came about or why the topic was selected.
  • Include content as needed to communicate your project thoroughly.
  • Include the findings from your research.

Guidelines for PowerPoint Presentations:

  • PowerPoint presentations must have no more than 10 slides.
    • Include as many pictures, diagrams, and figures as you can. If you can illustrate an important point using text or a figure, use the figure.
    • Include content as needed to communicate your project thoroughly.
    • You can be creative as to how you present your work, but it should be easy to follow.

Questions about Submission Guidelines? Contact Professor Lisa Lynk Smith: llynksmith@csmd.edu
General Questions about the Competition? Contact Dr. Sybol Anderson: ssanderson1@csmd.edu

Download a copy of Submission Guidelines: Academic Research

Submit one poem, short story, speech, or short creative non-fiction that addresses the theme, “Social Justice in Crisis.”

Page Limit: Three (3) pages

Your piece can address topics such as:

  • Access to technology and employment
  • Food and housing insecurity
  • Inequities within the health care system
  • Mental health issues
  • Racial, gender and class inequities in criminal justice and throughout our society
  • LGBTQ rights and issues
  • Disability rights and issues
  • Education
  • Individual and family safety and wellness
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Environmental impact, environmental justice
  • Global justice

All submissions will be considered for publication in the college’s literary magazine, Connections.

Submission Requirements (Literary Arts):

  • Your submission must be written in a standard readable font (Times New Roman/Cambria), in 12-point font size. Center your title at the top and leave at least one blank space between title and the first line.
  • Label your file as Literary Arts_[Title of your piece].
  • In your e-mail submission, provide the following:
    • In the subject line:
      • Literary Arts: [Title of your piece]
    •  In the body of the email:
      • Provide your name, contact info, the title of your piece, and the category for which you are submitting (Literary Arts)
      • Provide a one-paragraph abstract describing the work (limit 100 words). The abstract should explain the connection between your work and the social justice theme.
    • Attach your submission as a Word file, leaving off any identifying personal information so that your piece can be judged blind. Make sure to center your title at the top of the first page.
  • Email your submission to equity@csmd.edu.

Questions about Submission Guidelines? Contact Professor Christopher Ankney: cpankney@csmd.edu
General Questions about the Competition? Contact Dr. Sybol Anderson: ssanderson1@csmd.edu

Download a copy of Submission Guidelines: Literary Arts

Submit one visual or performing arts work that addresses the theme, “Social Justice in Crisis” with an emphasis on the effects from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Your piece can address topics such as:

  • Access to technology and employment
  • Food and housing insecurity
  • Inequities within the health care system
  • Mental health issues
  • Racial, gender and class inequities in criminal justice and throughout our society
  • LGBTQ rights and issues
  • Disability rights and issues
  • Education
  • Individual and family safety and wellness
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Environmental impact, environmental justice
  • Global justice

Visual Arts

Media:

  • (Pens, Pencils, Charcoal, Markers on paper or canvas)
  • (Oils, Watercolor, or Pastels on paper or canvas)
  • Graphic Design or Graphic Arts (Print or Digital; B/W or Color)
  • Multimedia or Collage.
  • Photography (Film or Digital)
  • Ceramics or Sculpture.

Submission Requirements (Visual Arts):

  • Drawing, painting, collage, or two-dimensional multimedia:
    • Submitted in a quality digital photograph with appropriate lighting.
    • Appropriate presentation: desk top easel, floor easel, or wall-mounted.
    • Framed or unframed.
    • For clarity and detail, the work should take up as much of the physical space of the photo as possible.
  • Graphic design:
    • Digital design may be attached directly to the submission e-mail.
    • Print design should be submitted in a quality digital photograph with appropriate lighting. (Framed or unframed; appropriate presentation on easel, or wall-mounted)
  • Photography:
    • Picture of film photograph submitted in a quality digital photograph.
    • Digital photograph submitted as is.
  • Ceramics, sculpture, or three-dimensional multimedia:
    • Submitted in a quality digital photograph from three angles: front and both sides, with appropriate lighting.
    • Appropriate presentation: table top, floor, or on a pedestal.
  • Label your file as Visual Arts_[Title of your piece].
  • In your e-mail submission, provide the following:
    • In the subject line:
      • Visual Arts: [Title of your piece]
    • In the body of the email:
      • Provide your name, contact info, the title of your piece, and the category for which you are submitting (Visual Arts).
      • Provide a one-paragraph abstract describing the work (limit 100 words). The abstract should explain the connection between your work and the social justice theme.
    • Attach your submission.
  • Email your submission to equity@csmd.edu.

Additional Guidelines (Visual Arts):

The art work must be an original piece completed solely by the applicant. Things to avoid are 1) names of businesses and license plates of vehicles, 2) any identifying information of a specific living person covered under privacy law, 3) any reference to a work that is not in the public domain (e.g., a copyrighted photo or painting).


Performing Arts

Media:

  • Original Song (voice with accompanying instrument) or Instrumental Work (one or more instruments).
  • Original Monologue or Scene/Skit (readers’ theater).
  • Original Dance piece, accompanied by live or taped accompaniment.

Running Time Limit: Fifteen (15) minutes

Submission Requirements (Performing Arts):

  • Video of performance attached to e-mail submission.
  • Appropriate lighting; quality video.
  • Props/costumes permitted in theater or dance piece. Musical performance dress should be consistent with the theme of the music; if dress is not part of the performance, you should strive for “professional casual!
  • An original monologue should be a narrative piece appropriate for a scene in a play. Non-fiction speeches are more appropriate for the literature category of the competition.
  • Recording of performance with two or more performers should observe appropriate guidelines of social distancing; masks may not be needed with appropriate distancing.
  • Label your file as Performing Arts_[Title of your piece].
  • In your e-mail submission, provide the following:
    • In the subject line:
      • Performing Arts: [Title of your piece]
    • In the body of the email:
      • Provide your name, contact info, the title of your piece, and the category for which you are submitting (Performing Arts).
      • Provide a one-paragraph abstract describing the work (limit 100 words). The abstract should explain the connection between your work and the social justice theme.
    • Attach your submission.
  • Email your submission to equity@csmd.edu.

Additional Guidelines (Performing Arts):

The work must be an original piece solely by the applicant with assistance by collaborative performers. Things to avoid are 1) any identifying information of a specific living person covered by privacy law, 2) any reference to a work that is not in the public domain (e.g., a segment of a copyrighted song or lyric).

Questions about Submission Guidelines? Contact Dr. Stephen Johnson: ssjohnson2@csmd.edu
General Questions about the Competition? Contact Dr. Sybol Anderson: ssanderson1@csmd.edu

Download a copy of Submission Guidelines: Visual and Performing Arts

Submit one Public Service Announcement (PSA) or short documentary that addresses the theme, “Social Justice in Crisis.”

Your piece can address topics such as:

  • Access to technology and employment
  • Food and housing insecurity
  • Inequities within the health care system
  • Mental health issues
  • Racial, gender and class inequities in criminal justice and throughout our society
  • LGBTQ rights and issues
  • Disability rights and issues
  • Education
  • Individual and family safety and wellness
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Environmental impact, environmental justice
  • Global justice

Public Service Announcements (PSAs):

Submit a Public Service Announcement (PSA) that addresses the theme, “Social Justice in Crisis.”

Running Time Limit: Either 30 Seconds or 60 seconds exactly

Submission Requirements (PSAs):

  • Video submission format: mp4 file
  • You must shoot your entire video, and use royalty-free and copyright free music.
  • Do not include title, your name, actor/participant in the beginning or end of your video.
  • Label your file as PSA_[Title of your piece].mp4
  • In your e-mail submission, provide the following:
    • In the subject line:
      • Digital Media: [Title of your piece]
    • In the body of the email:
      • Provide your name, contact info, the title of your piece, and the category for which you are submitting (Digital Media).
      • Provide a one-paragraph abstract describing the research/project (limit 100 words).
    • Attach your submission as an mp4 file.
  • Email your submission to equity@csmd.edu.

Suggestions (PSAs)

Things to Include: Statistics, people who are affected by the issue, website and phone number for people to get more information, and talent release form for each person in the PSA.
Things to Avoid: obvious misspellings and grammatical errors, names of business and license plates of vehicles, incomplete sentences on the screen, and too many statistics in one spot.


Documentaries:

Submit a well-researched documentary that addresses the theme, “Social Justice in Crisis.”

Running Time Limit: Five (5) minutes

Submission Requirements (Documentaries):

  • Video submission format: mp4 file
  • You must shoot your interviews and some of your cutaways/B-roll.
  • You may use some royalty-free and copyright free cutaways/B-roll, pictures.
  • All music must be royalty-free and copyright free music.
  • Label your file as Documentary_[Title of your piece].mp4
  • In your e-mail submission, provide the following:
    • In the subject line:
      • Digital Media: [Title of your piece]
    • In the body of the email:
      • Provide your name, contact info, the title of your piece, and the category for which you are submitting (Digital Media).
      • Provide a one-paragraph abstract describing the research/project (limit 100 words).
    • Attach your submission as an mp4 file.
  • Email your submission to equity@csmd.edu.

Suggestions (Documentaries):

Things to Include: Statistics, experts, and people who are affected by the issue; a variety of points of view; the title of the documentary at the beginning; lower thirds that identify interviewees; name of producers and crew at the end; and talent release form for each person in the documentary.
Things to Avoid: Staying too long on one interviewee, obvious misspellings and grammatical errors, and too many statistics in one spot.

Questions about Submission Guidelines? Contact Professor Olaniyi Areke: ooareke@csmd.edu
General Questions about the Competition? Contact Dr. Sybol Anderson: ssanderson1@csmd.edu

Download a copy of Submission Guidelines: Digital Media and Film

Submit one work, in any academic discipline or genre/category that addresses the theme, “Global Justice in Crisis.”

Research Paper Page Limit: Three (3) pages
PowerPoint Length Limit: Six (6) slides
Literary Arts Page Limit: Three (3) pages
PSA Running Time Limit: Either 30 Seconds or 60 seconds exactly
Documentary Running Time Limit: Five (5) minutes

 Your piece can address topics such as:

  • Access to technology and employment
  • Food and housing insecurity
  • Inequities within the health care system
  • Mental health issues
  • Racial, gender and class inequities in criminal justice and throughout our society
  • LGBTQ rights and issues
  • Disability rights and issues
  • Inequities in education
  • Individual and family safety and wellness
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Environmental impact and challenges
  • The impact of war, conflict, and dislocation
  • Populism, citizenship, and the rise of nationalism
  • The press, social media, and the state
  • Immigration and migration
  • Inequities in COVID and disease treatment

Literary works will be considered for publication in the college’s literary magazine, Connections.

Submission Requirements (Global Justice):

  • Written submissions must be written in a standard readable font (Times New Roman/Cambria), in 12-point font size. Center your title at the top and leave at least one blank space between title and the first line.
  • Digital media and film submissions: you must shoot your entire video or film, and use royalty-free and copyright free music.
  • Label your file as Global Justice_[Title of your piece]
  •  In your e-mail submission, provide the following:
    • In the subject line:
      • Global Justice: [Title of your piece]
  •  In the body of the email:
    • Provide your name, contact info, the title of your piece, and the category for which you are submitting (Global Justice in Crisis)
    • Provide a one-paragraph abstract describing the research/project (limit 100 words).
  • Attach written submissions as a Word file, leaving off any identifying personal information so that your piece can be judged blind. Make sure to center your title at the top of the first page.
  • Attach digital media and film submissions as an mp4 file.
  • Email your submission to equity@csmd.edu

Questions about Submission Guidelines? Contact Professor Cicero Fain: cmfain@csmd.edu
General Questions about the Competition? Contact Dr. Sybol Anderson: ssanderson1@csmd.edu

 Download a copy of Submission Guidelines: Special Competition -- Global Justice

OFFICIAL RULES: 2021 Social Justice Week Scholarship Competition

CSM’s 2021 Social Justice Week Scholarship Competition is open to all currently enrolled College of Southern Maryland students who will continue their enrollment in Summer 2021 or Academic Year 2021-2022. 

All entries to CSM’s 2021 Social Justice Week Scholarship Competition must be submitted via email in accordance with detailed instructions provided in each category’s Guidelines for Submission. Only submissions that address the theme, “Social Justice in Crisis,” and that adhere strictly to submission guidelines will be accepted into the competition. Entries that do not meet submission guidelines will not be entered into the competition.

All entries must be the original work solely of the applicant. Submissions must not be used in any way that can be construed as plagiarism. Plagiarized submissions will be immediately disqualified and may result in discipline in accordance with CSM’s Code of Student Conduct.

Students may submit entries to more than one category but may only accept one Category Award, plus the Grand Prize Award if applicable.

Scholarship awards will be applied to student accounts and may be used for tuition, fees, books, and most supplies. If a scholarship award applied to a student account creates excess funds after all federal or state funds have been applied to tuition and fees, the excess scholarship amount cannot be redeemed for cash. The scholarship must be used in its entirety in Summer 2021 or Academic Year 2021-2022.

The scholarship is non-renewable and non-transferable. If an awardee withdraws from CSM or does not return in Summer 2021 or Academic Year 2021-2022, they must forfeit the award or any unused balance of the award.

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