Kool Smiles, a leading provider of quality dental care in underserved communities nationwide, is proud to announce its first annual My Kool Smiles Scholarship Fund essay contest, sponsored by the Benevis Foundation. A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to one eligible U.S. student whose essay on how dental health can contribute to the well-being of families and children demonstrates excellence and meets the following criteria.
This scholarship is open to all students who meet the following requisite criteria:
A) Enrolled in an accredited high school, college or university in the United States.
B) Students must either be in the final year of high school, enrolled as an undergraduate, or a graduate student in an U.S accredited institution.
C) Considered in academic "Good Standing" at current institution - i.e not on academic probation or suspension.
D) Minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (or equivalent).
Highly effective essays will meet the following criteria:
A) Effectively and insightfully develops a point of view on the issue and demonstrates outstanding critical thinking, using clearly appropriate examples, reasons and other evidence to support its position.
B) Is well organized and clearly focused, demonstrating clear coherence and smooth progression of ideas.
C) Exhibits skillful use of language, using a varied, accurate and apt vocabulary, demonstrating meaningful variety in sentence structure.
D) Uses originality and creativity in approaching the topic.
E) Essays may incorporate personal narrative (stories) to explain concepts and provide insight.