Scholarship Contest


The CrossLites Scholarship Contest is open to High School, College and Graduate School students, as well as, international students attending international Universities. As the applicant, you will write a reflective essay (400 - 600 words) based on one of Dr. Parker’s quotes or messages. You will be competing against students of their level, thus 9th-12th graders will be competing for a chance to win 1st, 2nd or 3rd place just as undergraduate students (Freshmen-Senior) will be competing to win their own 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place. You may enter a maximum of two essays in the contest.


The Prizes

3 Categories for each (High School, Undergraduate, Graduate Students):

  • 1st Place: $2,000.00
  • 2nd Place: $1,500.00
  • 3rd Place: $1,000.00
  • 4th Place: $750.00
  • 5th Place: $500.00
  • 6th Place: $250.00
  • 5 Lottery Winners: $100 each


You must submit the following:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Name of the institution that you attend and/or plan on attending
  • If selected as a winner – physical address and short bio.
  • Essay
  • You will select an original Dr. Parker quote and write a reflective essay about it. Click here to view a slide show with Dr. Parker Quotes to read some of his most popular quotes or click here to read some more of Dr. Parker’s Quotes.
  • Official Transcript
  • Official Transcript must be sent here:
    C/O Samuel Certo
    1000 Holt Ave
    Winter Park, FL 32789

There are no minimum GPA, SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, or any other test score requirements. Any student that currently attends high school, college, or graduate school may apply.


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Scholarship Entry Dates

The judges will give the essays a basic score and then post the essays with their score. You will be emailed with your essay link. The transcript is required to verify that you are currently enrolled in school. Note: students that fail to submit a transcript by 01/15/14 will be disqualified.

Hurry and submit your essay now!

  • Essay Submissions Begin
08/01/2014 12:00 AM
  • Start voting
02/01/2015 12:00 AM
  • Submission Deadline
12/31/2014 * 11:59 PM
  • Ends voting
03/14/2015 * 11:59 PM
  • Announce Winner
03/15/2015 *

* Subject to change


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How Does a Student Like You Win?

The judges’ score will be based on the following factors:

  1. Originality
  2. Reflection – how the quote relates to something in your life
  3. Punctuation/Grammar
  4. Content – the judges have the right to refuse any essay that contains inappropriate language.

However, this score is only 10% of the final score.

We encourage you to invite your friends and family to view your essay and vote for it by using your essay link. Each person could vote up to twice a day and the more votes a particular essay gets, the higher the likelihood is of the essay being selected to win. When the voting period has ended, the winner will be chosen.

You will be able to track the top ten scoring essays here. Once the winners are chosen, a check will be made to the student and sent to an address that the applicant has provided.

The essays that are submitted become property of CrossLites and have a chance of being displayed on the website. The winning essays and short bios of the corresponding authors will also be displayed on the CrossLites website.

CrossLites management reserves the right to disqualify any contestant for any reason that it deems necessary.

To submit your essay, please click here.

Good luck and please direct any remaining questions to CrossLites@gmail.com.

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