How to Enter

1. COMPLETE AN ONLINE APPLICATION
Enter the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest from February 1, 2021, through March 31, 2021. Complete and save all requested information.

2. WRITE YOUR ESSAY
Choose a Black American individual whose story worth sharing has inspired you. It could be a historical figure, someone famous, a role model or a person you know. Just make sure the individual inspires and motivates you. For guidance, review the “How to Enter” instructions and the “Contest Judging” criteria in sections 4 and 5 of the Official Rules, and be sure your essay is 500 words or less. You can write your essay directly in the application, or you can copy and paste it into the appropriate area in the application form.

3. REVIEW AND SUBMIT
Review your information, check your essay for spelling and submit your entry by 11:59:59 p.m. Central Time on March 31, 2021.

4. AWAIT NOTIFICATION
Winning essays are selected by an independent panel of judges who are not affiliated with Regions. If your essay was selected, you will need to respond to ISTS with the required information. Scholarship checks will be awarded by July 31, 2021.

Eligibility

For purposes of this contest:

  • The “Eligible States” are defined as the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
  • An “accredited college” is defined as a nonprofit, two or four-year college or university located within one of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia.

To be eligible to enter this contest and to win an award, you must be either a high school senior or a college freshman, sophomore or junior and meet all of the following applicable criteria at time of entry.

HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS:

  • Be a legal U.S. resident of one of the Eligible States
  • Be age 13 or older
  • Be enrolled in 12th grade in a public or private school (or home school) located in one of the Eligible States
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (as calculated on a 4.0 scale)
  • Plan to attend an accredited college during the 2021-2022 academic school year

COLLEGE STUDENTS:

  • Be either a legal U.S. resident of one of the Eligible States or a legal U.S. resident (of one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia) enrolled in an accredited college located in one of the Eligible States
  • Be age 16 or older
  • Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate freshman, sophomore or junior at an accredited college and have least one year (or 18 credit hours) remaining before college graduation
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (or, if no GPA is provided by your school, be in “good standing” or the equivalent)
  • Plan to attend an accredited college during the 2021-2022 academic school year

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© 2021 Regions Bank. NO PURCHASE OR BANKING RELATIONSHIP REQUIRED. PURCHASE OR BANKING RELATIONSHIP WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. The 2021 Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest begins on 02/01/21 and ends on 03/31/21 at 11:59:59 PM CT and is open only to certain High School Students and College Students who meet the eligibility requirements described in the Official Rules. At time of entry, (a) a High School Student must be a legal U.S. resident of one of the Eligible States and be enrolled in 12th grade in a public or private school (or home school) located in one of the Eligible States, and (b) a College Student must be a freshman, sophomore or junior currently enrolled in an accredited college in the U.S., and either (i) a legal U.S. resident of one of the Eligible States or (ii) a legal U.S. resident (of one of the 50 United States or D.C.) enrolled in an accredited college located in one of the Eligible States. (For purposes of Contest, the “Eligible States” are defined as the states of AL, AR, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MS, MO, NC, SC, TN and TX.) Visit regions.com/ridingforward for complete Contest eligibility and essay requirements, Contest details and Official Rules. Eligible entries will be grouped according to student’s status (High School Student or College Student) and associated Eligible State, and judged by a panel of independent, qualified judges. Fifteen (15) High School Student Prizes (one per Eligible State) will be awarded consisting of a check in the amount of $5,000 made out to winner’s accredited college. Fifteen (15) College Student Prizes (one per Eligible State) will be awarded consisting of a check in the amount of $3,500 made out to winner’s accredited college. Sponsor: Regions Bank, 1900 Fifth Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203.