The SOS Safety Magazine Teen Scholarship Competition (the “Competition”) is coordinated by SOS Safety Magazine (“SOS”) and is designed to encourage teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19 to learn about and address social issues in their schools and communities. Participants are asked to submit an action plan, either in the form of an essay or a video submission, to tackle social issues in their school or community (the “Submission”).

By entering a Submission into the Competition, all contestants agree to be bound by these official competition rules and regulations:

1.How to enter:

Eligible entrants should submit a completed entry form together with their Submission to the SOS Safety Magazine Teen Scholarship Competition website at (the “Website”). All Submissions must address a social issue of the entrant’s choice in order to be eligible for the Competition. Limit one (1) entry per person. Entrants making additional Submissions will be disqualified. All Submissions and entry forms become the property of SOS and will not be returned. By entering a Submission, you agree that SOS shall have the right (but not the obligation) to publish any Submission on its website or in other associated promotional and publishing material.


The Competition is open to legal residents of Canada and U.S.A. who are between the ages of thirteen (13) and nineteen (19), who plan to apply to post-secondary after graduating high school. In other words, you must be a teenager on the day the contest closes (December 31st each year). To the extent that the entrant has not yet reached the age of majority in their province or territory on or before the start of the Competition Period, such entries must include a completed and signed copy of the Competition Entry Parent/Legal Guardian Waiver Form (attached). Limit of one entry per person. Any additional entries will lead to disqualification.

To be eligible, the Submission must:

  1. be the original work of and written or otherwise created by the entrant as its sole author/creator;
  2. be suitable for publication in a public forum, meaning it cannot contain material that violates or infringes upon the rights of third parties, including privacy and intellectual property rights; material that is hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libelous; material that includes inappropriate or offensive language; or material that promotes racism, bigotry, violence, hatred or harm against any group or individual; and
  3. propose an action plan to tackle a social issue in the entrant’s school or community.

3.Submission format:

Submissions may be either written or in the form of a short video.

If written, the written action plan must:

  1. not exceed 1500 words;
  2. be double-spaced with numbered pages; and
  3. be in type-written form.

If in the form of a short video, the action plan must:

  1. not exceed 10 minutes; and
  2. not contain any content that violates the privacy or intellectual property rights of any third parties.

4. Judging:

The winner of the Competition will be selected by a public vote from a pool of finalists selected by a panel of judges (the “Judges”). The Judges will select 5 finalists (the “Finalists”) based on the following criteria (the “Judging Criteria”):


Once the Finalists are selected, their Submissions will be placed online for the public to view and vote for their favourite Submission at Voting will be open to any legal resident of Canada or U.S.A. during the “Voting Period” outlined on the Scholarship page. Votes will be limited to one vote per person, per day, during the Voting Period. The Submission with the highest number of votes at the end of the Voting Period will be the pronounced as the Winner.

5. Competition Period

The Competition opens at 12:01 A.M. MST on February 16th and ends on March 15th at 11:59 P.M. MST (the “Competition Period”). In order to be eligible to win the Prize, all entries must be received by January 31 at 11:59 P.M. MST.

6. Prize

On or about Feb 15 the Judges will select Finalists, based on the Judging Criteria. The Finalists’ Submissions will be placed on the SOS Safety Magazine website at for the public to review and vote on during the Voting Period. The Submission with the highest number of votes at the end of the Voting Period will be declared the Winner.

The Winner will receive a five ($5,000 CAD) thousand dollar scholarship (the “Prize”) to attend a post-secondary institution of their choice. SOS will release the Prize once the Winner has confirmed attendance to a post-secondary institution by providing SOS with a notice of enrollment from the selected post-secondary institution.

The Winner will be notified in writing by email or by phone shortly after the selection of the Winner. If the Prize is not claimed within 14 days after notification, such Prize will be forfeited and awarded to the Submission with the next highest number of votes received during the Voting Period. The Prize must be accepted as awarded and is not redeemable for cash or transferable for any reason. The Prize is awarded “AS-IS” and WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied.

7.Waiver and Assignment of Rights and Release:

As a condition of entering the Competition and accepting the Prize, each entrant agrees that if he/she is selected as the Winner:

  1. he/she will wave, in favour of SOS, any and all moral rights that he/she may have to the Submission;
  2. he/she will irrevocably assign to SOS all rights, including copyrights, that he/she may have to the Submission, to be used by SOS for any purpose it deems appropriate. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, SOS will be allowed full usage of the Submission, including for, but not limited to, publication on the SOS Safety Magazine Website at and for promotional purposes, without further compensation; and
  3. he/she will be required to sign an assignment and release waiver of all rights, including moral rights and copyrights, prior to accepting the Prize.

8.Use of Personal Information:

By entering the Competition, each entrant consents to SOS and its agents and/or representatives, sharing, storing and using the personal information submitted with his/her entry for the purposes of administering the Competition.


The Competition will be governed, construed and interpreted in accordance with the applicable Federal, Provincial and Municipal laws and regulations. By participating in the Competition, entrants agree to be bound by these Rules and Regulations and by the decisions of the Judges, which are final and binding in all respects. SOS reserves the right to cancel or suspend the Competition or any entrant’s participation in the Competition at any time. Entrants who violate these Rules and Regulations or engage in any conduct that is detrimental to SOS during the Competition Period and the Voting Period (as determined by SOS in its sole discretion) are subject to disqualification.

SOS reserves the right to disqualify any contestant for any reason whatsoever in its sole discretion.

Any participant who, in the opinion of SOS, attempts to tamper with or inappropriately influence any part of the voting or interfere with or manipulate the voting procedure may be disqualified from further participation in the voting. SOS decision in this regard is final and conclusive.

SOS reserves the right to discount votes if SOS suspects bulk voting is or has taken place to inappropriately influence or manipulate the voting procedures. This includes, but is not limited to: purchasing votes, use of voting-groups, or automating votes using a bot system or program. SOS’s decision in this regard is final and conclusive.

Participation denotes acceptance of these terms and conditions and any additional campaign-specific terms and conditions which may be advertised.

PRIOR TO BEING DECLARED A WINNER, the selected entrant (or if the entrant is not of the age of majority in their province of residence, his/her parent or legal guardian) will be required to sign and return a declaration of eligibility and a publicity/liability release that must be returned within 14 days of notification, or the Prize may be awarded to another entrant. SOS reserves the right to reject entries from people who have been previously disqualified or are otherwise ineligible to enter the Competition for any reason. SOS does not assume any responsibility for incorrect, incomplete or inaccurate capture of entry information, technical malfunctions, human or technical error, printing errors, lost, delayed or garbled data or transmissions, omission, interruption, deletion, effect or failures of any telephone, computer line or network, computer equipment, software or any combination thereof. Any Submissions that have been altered or tampered with after submission are void.

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