PPL Electric Utilities' Future Environmental Leaders Scholarship Contest
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE/BECOMING A CUSTOMER WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING. BE SURE TO CAREFULLY READ THESE OFFICIAL RULES AS BY ENTERING YOU WILL BE BOUND BY THEM.
The PPL Electric Utilities’ Future Environmental Leaders’ Scholarship Contest (the “Contest”) is open and offered only to students who are: (1) enrolled and in good standing at a public, private, or homeschool high school; (2) legal residents of the State of Pennsylvania whose primary residence, as of the beginning of the Contest Period (as defined below), is already an active customer of Sponsor; (3) at least 17 years of age at the time of entry, but at least 18 years of age as of the end of the Contest Period; (4) willing and able to provide a photograph/headshot, biographical information, and all information requested in the Entry Form; and (5) is otherwise in full compliance with the terms of these Official Rules (each, an “Entrant”). Contest is void for participating students who are also (i) an employee of PPL Corporation or its affiliates (including Sponsor), or their respective advertising or promotional agencies; and/or (ii) a member of the immediate family or household of any of the above persons, where an "immediate family" means spouse, life partner, father, mother, brother, sister, son or daughter. Sponsor reserves the right to determine and verify, in its sole judgment, entrant eligibility, and to disqualify any Entry if it finds, in its sole discretion, that any of the representations, warranties, or requirements set in these Official Rules have been breached or have not been met. The Contest is subject to all applicable state and federal laws and regulations. Persons participating in the Contest agree that participation constitutes Contestant's full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. Eligibility for a prize award is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth in these Official Rules. Contestants must be individuals. Void where prohibited or otherwise restricted by law.
2. CONTEST PERIOD; DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES
The Contest begins on March 1, 2019 at 12:01am Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on April 30, 2019 at 11:59pm ET (“Contest Period”). All Entries must be received by Sponsor by the end of the Contest Period to be eligible for judging. Sponsor’s timekeeping device will govern this Contest.
3. TO ENTER:
During the Contest Period, Entrants can enter the Contest by: (1) going to www.pplelectric.com/scholarship; (2) printing the downloadable entry form; (3) completing the form accurately and completely, including signing the entry form (or, if Entrant is a minor at the time of Entry, signing the as well as having a parent or legal guardian sign the entry form in the space indicated); (4) completing an original essay in response to the essay prompt on the entry form, where the essay must be submitted in a format readable on standard program or application on a PC computer, and which may be included in a separate file from the scanned entry form; (5) and either emailing a legible scanned copy of the completed entry form and the Entrant’s essay in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line: “PPL Future Environmental Leaders Scholarship Contest Entry” or mailing both the completed entry form and essay to PPL Electric Utilities, ATTN: Mike Hasel, 827 Hausman Rd., Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104.
An Entrant is required to include the following information on the entry form or as a part of the entry (together, the “Entry”): (i) first and last name; (ii) physical address of primary residence; (iii) phone number; (iv) email address; (v) select the geographic region in which Entrant’s address of primary residence is located; (vi) the name of the post-secondary educational program or institution Entrants anticipates beginning attending in the summer 2019 or fall 2019 semester (which may be a university, community college, or vocational school); (vii) the name of Entrant’s current high school or home school program and grade point average; (viii) a 250 word (maximum) essay on why Entrant anticipates pursuing an environment-related career and why Entrant cares about the natural world around them (the “Essay,” which may be separate from the entry form but is part of the “Entry”); and (ix) Entrant’s signature and, if applicable, the signature of Entrant’s parent or legal guardian. Blank, incomplete, nor “not applicable”-type responses on the entry form may result in an Entry’s disqualification.
Only one entry per eligible Entrant is permitted, regardless of the method the Entry is submitted to Sponsor.
By submitting an Entry in the Contest, Entrant hereby represents that their Entry conforms to the requirements set forth in these Official Rules and the entry form. The Essay that is a part of the Entry must be the wholly original work of Entrant, must not have been previously posted or published, must be written in English, and must not exceed 250 words. If the Essay is not typewritten, it must be wholly and clearly legible. By submitting an Entry, Entrant agrees and represents that their Entry, including their Essay, does not infringe on the rights of any third party.
Entrants who do not follow all of the instructions and requirements, provide all of the information in the entry form, and/or abide by these Official Rules or other instructions of Sponsor may be disqualified.
By submitting an Entry, Entrant agrees that their submission is gratuitous and made without restriction, and will not place Sponsor under any obligation, that Sponsor is free to disclose or otherwise disclose the ideas contained in the Entry on a non-confidential basis to anyone or otherwise use the ideas without any additional compensation to Entrant. Entrant acknowledges that, by acceptance of Entrant’s Entry, Sponsor does not waive any rights to use similar or related ideas previously known to Sponsor, or developed by its employees, or obtained from sources other than Entrant.
BY SUBMITTING AN ENTRY, ENTRANT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT HIS/HER ENTRY MAY BE POSTED ON SPONSOR’S WEBSITE, ACROSS ANY OR ALL OF SPONSOR’S SOCIAL MEDIA ASSETS, AND IN ANY OTHER MEDIA FORMAT SPONSOR MAY ELECT IN SPONSOR’S DISCRETION. Submitting an Entry grants Sponsor and its agents an unlimited, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license and right to publish, use, the Entry in any way, in any and all media, without limitation, and without consideration to the entrant. By submitting an Entry, the entrant consents to the Sponsor and its agents doing (or omitting to do) any acts which may otherwise constitute an infringement of the entrant’s moral rights.
6. JUDGING; POTENTIAL WINNER SELECTION:
An Entrant’s Entry will be pooled with the Entries of Entrants residing in the same region selected on an Entrant’s entry form. In total, there are seven possible regions in which an eligible Entrant may reside. Therefore, all eligible Entries will be divided into a total of seven pools. Each pool will be judged separately from the others and one potential winner will be selected from each of the seven pools of Entries, for a total of seven (7) potential winners to be selected.
The Essays from all eligible Entries will be judged based on the following criteria (“Judging Criteria”):
- Responsiveness to Essay Prompt (up to 25 points)
- Creativity, Originality, and Vision (up to 25 points)
- Style and Quality (up to 25 points)
- Grammar/Command of Language/Articulate/Logically Organized (up to 25 points)
The Essay from each pool of eligible Entries with the highest total scoring Essay will be deemed the potential prize winner for their related pool. The awarding of each prize and the determination of the winner is subject to verification and the additional requirements of these Official Rules. The judging of Entries will be conducted under the supervision of a representative of Sponsor whose decisions are final and binding in all respects relating to the selection of the prize winners. If there is a tie for the highest scoring Essay, Sponsor will appoint at least two additional judges to re-judge and score the tying Essays.
A maximum of seven (7) prizes will be awarded, one to each verified winner within each regionally-divided pool of Entrants. Each winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship (the “Prize”) towards any tuition expense at the post-secondary educational program or institution that the winner elects to attend during the upcoming summer 2019 or fall 2019 semester.
The total ARV of the prizes is $14,000. No substitution or cash alternative will be provided for prizes unless at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Sponsor will not replace a lost, mutilated or stolen prize. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute as prize with a prize of comparable or greater value if the prize should become unavailable for any reason. Prize is not transferable prior to award. Each prize consists only of the items specifically listed as part of the prize description above. No more than the number of prizes stated within these Official Rules will be awarded.
THE SCHOLARSHIP SHALL BE PAID DIRECTLY TO THE INSTITUTION IN ORDER TO COVER COSTS FOR THE WINNER’S TUITION EXPENSES. IN THE EVENT THE POST-SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM OR INSTITUTE DOES NOT ACCEPT THE SCHOLARSHIP, THE SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE PAID DIRECTLY TO THE WINNING ELIGIBLE ENTRANT. WINNER MAY BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT WINNER’S FIRST INVOICE FROM THE INSTITUTION WINNER WILL BE ATTENDING TO SPONSOR FOR VERIFICATION PURPOSES. IF WINNER DOES NOT DESIGNATE A POST-SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM OR INSTITUTE AND PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION TO SPONSOR REGARDING SAME BY NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 15, 2019, WINNER WILL BE DEEMED TO HAVE FORFEIT THE PRIZE.
Taxes (INCLUDING ANY INCOME TAXES) are the sole responsibility of the winner, regardless of whether prize is used in whole or in part. Winner will be issued an IRS 1099 form for the retail value of the prize.
8. PRIZE NOTIFICATION AND CLAIM:
The potential prize winner may be notified via any of the contact methods included in the Entry, including email, phone number, and physical address. Judging will be complete and initial notifications to potential winners sent out on or before May 21 2019. Sponsor is not responsible for any change in an Entrant’s email, phone number, or physical address. If a potential prize winner does not respond to the notification within the time period indicated in the notification, he or she may be disqualified and the prize, at Sponsor’s discretion, awarded to an alternative winner. Unclaimed prizes may not be awarded. If a potential Prize winner notification or Prize is returned as undeliverable, a potential Prize winner is ineligible, or a potential Prize winner declines the prize, the Prize may be awarded to the next highest scoring Essay in the same pool of Entries as the unawarded Prize, in Sponsor’s sole discretion and if time permits. Sponsor’s decisions on all matters relating to this Contest are final and binding in all respects pertaining to this Contest. Winners are subject to verification, including verification of age, enrollment in high school, acceptance into post-secondary educational program or institute, validity of parental consent (if any), etc. Winners must also submit a photograph/headshot acceptable to Sponsor for Sponsor’s use, and may also be required to complete, sign and return an Affidavit/Declaration of Eligibility/Liability Release, which may include or be in addition to an agreement assigning or transferring all rights in and to the winning Entry to Sponsor or its designee and, where lawful, a Publicity Release within five (5) days of attempted notification or prize may be forfeited. If required, Sponsor will issue an IRS Form 1099 for any prize with an ARV of $600 or greater and each winner must furnish any requested information needed for such tax reporting.
9. GRANT/TRANSFER OF RIGHTS; PUBLICITY:
By submitting an Entry, Entrant acknowledges and agrees that the submission of an Entry grants irrevocably and assigns to Sponsor and its agents the exclusive irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right, title, and interest, in and to the Entry, whereby Sponsor and its agents may reproduce, publish, edit, revise, market, store, adapt, assign, sell, dispose of, distribute, have distributed, publicly and privately display, communicate, publicly and privately perform, transmit have transmitted, create derivative works based upon, and promote the Entry or parts of the Entry (as such may be edited and modified by Sponsor in its discretion) in perpetuity, for editorial, commercial, promotional, and all other purposes (including posting on Sponsor’s and Sponsor-affiliated websites, and/or other Sponsor-selected media and channels). Entrant hereby disclaims any rights, including any copyright or any other intellectual property right, in or to the Entry following the assignment contemplated hereby. Further, to the extent Entrant may have moral rights in the Entry submitted, he/she hereby waives all such moral rights in favor of Sponsor.
10. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AND LIABILITY RELEASE:
by entering the Contest, Entrant agrees to release, indemnify, and hold harmless, and does hereby fully release, indemnify, and hold harmless, Sponsor, and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, franchisees, agents, advertising and promotions agencies, partners, representatives, successors, assigns, Contest judges, and the employees, officers and directors and members of each of them or others working on their behalf and any publishers, or other interested media (together “Releasees”), from any and all liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever related in any way to the contest, including, without limitation: (i) property damage, including, but not limited to, Entrant’s computer, hardware or software, which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from Entrant’s participation in the Contest; (ii) personal injury and/or death which may occur in connection with, preparation for, or participation in the Contest; (iii) technical failure of any kind, including, but not limited to, the malfunctioning of any website or email address related to the contest, or any computer, cable, network, hardware or software; (iv) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions or telephone or internet service; (v) possession, acceptance and/or use, misuse, non-use and/or delivery of the prize; (vi) claims based on publicity rights, discrimination, violation of civil rights, defamation or invasion of privacy and intellectual property rights; (vii) the ability or inability to submit, upload, or download any information in connection with participating in the Contest; (viii) technical problems or technical malfunctions which may affect the operation of the Contest; (ix) any decisions of the Contest judges or selection of the winners; (x) any disqualification of Entrant; and (xi) Contest cancellation or non-award of any prize.
11. GENERAL CONDITIONS:
All interpretations of these Official Rules shall be made by Sponsor or its designated judges, whose decisions and interpretations shall be final and binding. By entering, Entrant agrees to abide by and be bound by these Official Rules.
If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including, without limitation, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, modify or terminate the Contest. Further, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual deemed to be (a) tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or any Sponsor or Contest-related email address or website; (b) violating the Official Rules; (c) violating the conditions of use and/or applicable general rules or guidelines for any third party platform used in connection with the Contest; (d) acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person; (e) engaging in fraud, dishonesty or illegal activity; (f) attempting to deliberately damage or corrupt or otherwise attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest, and/or Sponsor’s business operations, including, without limitation, by cheating, hacking, deception, and/or other unfair practices, including, but not limited to, using automated entry or voting programs and/or devices; (g) colluding to alter the results of the Contest; and/or (h) giving false or misleading information to Sponsor. LEGAL WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN INDIVIDUAL, WHETHER OR NOT AN ENTRANT, TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE, DESTROY, TAMPER OR VANDALIZE THIS APPLICATION OR INTERFERE WITH THE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND DILIGENTLY PURSUE ALL REMEDIES AGAINST ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way for any reason, including but not limited to fraud, virus, or other technical problem, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; or (b) judge those eligible Entries received up to the time of impairment. Sponsor further reserves the right and may, at any time and without notice or obligation, cancel, terminate, suspend, or modify any Contest if the integrity of the Contest is compromised or the Contest is not capable of completion as planned, including because of weather, infection by computer virus, tampering, unauthorized intervention, or technical or other failures of any sort or any other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor.
As a condition of participating, Entrants agree, to the extent permitted by law: (a) to release Releasees from any and all liability, loss or damage incurred with respect to the participation in the Contest, the Entry (and any rights Sponsor and its agents may hereafter have in and to the Entry) and/or the awarding, receipt, possession, and/or use or misuse of any prize, (b) that under no circumstances will Entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and participant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, consequential, or any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses; (c) all causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prize awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and (d) any and all claims, judgments, and award shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, excluding attorneys’ fees and court. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the participant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Pennsylvania, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Pennsylvania. By entering, Entrants consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the federal, state and local courts located in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, and agree that any legal proceedings arising out of or relating to this Contest or relating to these Official Rules will be instituted only in the federal or state courts located in the State of Pennsylvania, County of Lehigh, and the parties consent to jurisdiction therein with respect to any legal proceedings or disputes of whatever nature arising under or relating to these Official Rules
13. SPONSOR AND ADMINISTRATOR:
PPL Electric Utilities Corporation (“Sponsor”), c/o Mike Hasel, 827 Hausman Rd., Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104. Sponsor is both the sponsor and administrator of the Contest.