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'What's your story?' winners will be the next face of Victoria College

March 22, 2014 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated March 21, 2014 at 10:22 p.m.

The 2013 "What's Your Story" scholarship essay winners pictured with Victoria College President Dr. Tom Butler are, top left standing, Crystal Peters, and from left seated, Ashley Mozisek and Kristin Kelly.

Ever wondered how you can be featured in Victoria College marketing materials? Here's your chance.

Enter the "What's Your Story?" scholarship essay or video contest, and you could win a $1,000 scholarship, and be the next face of Victoria College.

As part of the "What's Your Story?" contest, VC students are asked to write a short essay answering the question: "Tell us how Victoria College brings more ____ to your life." Students who want to enter should select a word to fill in the blank and expound on that topic.

This year's "What's Your Story?" contest adds a video category in which students can compile a two-to three-minute video instead of writing an essay.

The videos should address this year's topic and tell the student's story in the most creative way. Additionally, students should use the word "more" at least once in the video, verbally or on screen. Videos must also include the Victoria College logo and/or other VC graphics. A photo/video release form is required for each person who appears in the video.

Essay entries should be 500 to 700 words in length. The application and essay or video entry can be submitted online by visiting the Victoria College "What's Your Story?" website at VictoriaCollege.edu/WYS. Videos and essays must be submitted no later than April 11. Winners will be notified May 12.

Contest entries may be submitted in one of the following categories:• AAS degrees and certificates

• AA and AS degrees/academic transfer

• Adult education

To be eligible for the contest in the first two categories, students must be currently enrolled at Victoria College and plan to enroll at VC for the fall 2014 semester, have completed at least six credit hours toward an associate degree or certificate, have at least an overall GPA of 2.0 and be available to attend the Donor Appreciation Breakfast on May 21.

Adult Education students who are eligible for the contest must plan to enroll in a credit or noncredit program at VC for the fall 2014 semester, have received or will receive their GED before fall 2014 and be available to attend the Donor Appreciation Breakfast on May 21.

Each year, the top three essay winners are chosen as VC scholarship recipients and future college ambassadors.

Ashley Mozisek, a 2013 essay contest winner, said she loved the fact that Victoria College is such a close-knit school and that students get along so well.

Kristen Kelly, another 2013 scholarship winner, described Victoria College as "a beacon on the hazy, distant shore of the future."

"Once I realized what career path I wanted to follow, I was guided by the light which Victoria College provided," Kelly wrote. "Now that I am a proud VC student, the college has enriched my life with new friends, opportunities for greater success, given me hope for the future, and ensured my resolve to earn the Associate Degree in Nursing."

Crystal Peters, the third 2013 scholarship winner, recalled receiving a degree from a "big-name university" and beginning a career in real estate. However, her heart was in medicine so she enrolled at Victoria College's nursing program.

"Not only have I succeeded in the courses at VC, but semesters later, I am still able to recall material taught in those courses," Peters said in her essay. "Being able to learn and recall the concepts has set the framework for my success in the nursing program."

For more information, contact Susan Prukop at 361-582-2419 or send an email to WYS@VictoriaCollege.edu.

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