The winner is selected after a team of judges review all entries, after the deadline of November 30th. Applicants are judged on creativity, thoughtfulness, and insight. Essays with poor grammar, spelling, and lack of proofreading will not be considered. All essays must be original works. Plagiarism will not be tolerated and will result in immediate disqualification. Winner will be announced by January 31st.
Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States, and may not be an associate (employee) or direct relative of an associate, of any division of Forklift Systems Incorporated. If the applicant or the applicant's parent/legal guardian is employed by Forklift Systems Incorporated at the time of award, the student is no longer eligible and will forfeit the scholarship.
Incoming freshmen: Applicant must be enrolled as a student for fall quarter of the current year at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university. Current freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors: Applicant must have a cumulative college grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale, and be enrolled full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university by August 1st of the current year.
The two-year or four-year institution must be accredited and listed on the official website of the U.S. Department of Education. All school transfers are subject to accreditation approval. A list of current accredited institutions can be found at the following website http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx.
The winner will receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship to be applied to qualified expenses: including tuition, fees, books, and on-campus room and board. Funds are provided by Forklift Systems Incorporated. Payments are issued by Forklift Systems, made payable to the student, and will be mailed in January of the following year.