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2015 NMSS Essay Contest!

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 24, 2015

NMSS Essay FlyerNational Maritime Sailtraining Scholarships and Tall Ships America are holding an essay contest for maritime enthusiasts ages fourteen to nineteen. Teens are asked to write a 1-2 page essay with their response to the question, “Why are you interested in a career in the maritime industry?” The prize is $1,000.00 USD to complete a sail training program of their choice. Submissions must also include the completed NMSS Essay Form and will be accepted by email, mail or fax through October, 28, 2015.


ESSAY TOPIC: The 1-2 page essay shall answer the question: Why are you interested in a career in the maritime industry? Entrants should indicate interest in attending a state run maritime academy or the US Merchant Marine Academy or in joining the maritime industry through apprenticeship programs. The essay should also address the value of participating in a sail training program towards obtaining the entrant’s career goals.

DESCRIPTION OF PRIZE: Each winner will receive an award of $1,000.00 USD to be used towards the completion of an approved sail training program. All requirements must be met in order to claim the prize.

ELIGIBILITY: This essay contest is open to teenagers 14 to 19 years of age. Applicants may live anywhere in the world but must be able to participate in an approved sail training program, as outlined below. Employees of the American Sail Training Association, dba Tall Ships America, may not participate as entrants.

STATE, FEDERAL, AND INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS: Winners must be eligible to participate in a sail training program on a Tall Ships America member vessel in good standing that is inspected and certified under CFR 46 subchapter T (Small Passenger Vessels) or CFR 46 subchapter R (Sailing School Vessels). The program must be of at least one week’s duration and include no less than six days at sea.

JUDGES: Each complete submission will be read and evaluated by the staff of Tall Ships America. Each essay will be judged on the basis of creativity, passion, and how effectively the essay question is addressed. The top 5 entries will be selected by the staff of Tall Ships America. Winners will be notified by email on November 4, 2015. Awards will follow by mail upon completion of the sail training program and follow-up essay. The return of any notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected. No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received no later than October 28, 2015. Submissions should be emailed to Jennifer Spring with the subject line ‘NMSS Entry’; mailed to NMSS Program, c/o Tall Ships America, PO Box 1459, Newport, RI 02840; or faxed to NMSS Program, c/o Tall Ships America at 401.849.5400.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Submission must include a completed ‘NMSS Entry Form’ along with the essay. In order to receive their full award, each contest winner must complete the sail training program and submit a secondary essay describing the value in the sail training program in which they took part. By submitting this follow-up essay, winners are consenting to its publication, along with the publication of their name and the program in which they participated, in any and all Tall Ships America promotional materials with no additional compensation given or further permission required. Tall Ships America maintains the right to edit entries before publication. The author retains copyright of his/her work.

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