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Samsung Four Seasons of Hope 2009 Education Essay Contest

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 Samsung Four Seasons of Hope 2009 Education Essay ContestEligibility: Contest is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia. MINORS: If you are under the the legal are of majority in your jurisdiction of residence, you must obtain your parent’s or legal guardian’s consent before participating. Minors under the age of 13 will be required to provide only their parent’s or legal guardian’s email address to enter. Participants should nominate a public or state-accredited private school for grades K-12 in their community

Dates: begins 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time September 15, 2009 and ends 11:59 p.m. ET November 1, 2009

How to enter: During the Contest Period, log on to www.fourseasonsofhope.com/education and follow the directions provided to complete the Official Entry Form and provide an original, sincere, no more than one hundred (100) word essay on the following topic/question, and submit: How the consumer electronics, computer equipment and software awarded through Samsung’s Four Seasons of Hope could benefit your school? Essays should focus on:

  1. How consumer electronics, computer equipment, and software can enhance the education process.
  2. How access to these technologies and the use of social networking can change the way that students learn.
  3. The unique and innovative teaching methods that are enabled by computer and consumer electronics technologies.

All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on 11/1/09 to be considered. Essays will only be accepted in English.

Entry Limit: Limit one (1) entry per person and per e-mail address. If multiple entries are received from any person or e-mail address, only the first such entry will be eligible for entry.

Judging: All eligible entries received will be judged as described below by qualified judges from media, educational and/or other organizations selected by Sponsor. There will be three (3) tiers of judging and each tier will have a separate panel of qualified judges:

First Tier: All eligible entries received will be judged based on the following criteria:

1. Quality of content and adherence to theme (40%)
2. Inclusion of specific focus points identified in essay topic (40%)
3. Writing style and grammar (20%

In the event of a tie, an additional, “tie-breaking” judge will determine the entry/entries which will proceed to the Second Tier based on the above stated criteria for the First Tier.

Second Tier: The top forty (40) entries will then be judged as follows:

1. Originality and creativity (70%)
2. Writing style and grammar (30%)

Third Tier: The top twenty-one (21) entries will then be judged as follows:

1. Originality and creativity (70%)
2. Online voting (30%) (as described below)

Third Tier Online Voting: The top twenty-one (21) finalist entries will be featured at www.fourseasonsofhope.com/education between 10:00 a.m. ET on December 7, 2009 and 5:00 p.m. ET on December 21, 2009

Prizes:

Grand Prize package (1): Winning school will receive $210,000.00 awarded in the form of $100,000.00 of the following Samsung merchandise: Thirty (30) 24″ LCD Monitors (model 2494HM), Fifty (50) 16″ Screen Notebook PCs (model R610), Ten (10) Color Laser Printers (model CLP-770ND), Five (5) Multifunction Laser Printers (model SCX-5835FN), Twenty (20) HD Digital Camcorders (model HMX-H105), Sixteen (16) Digital Cameras (model TL220), Six (6) Blu-ray players (model BD-P3600), Two (2) 32″ LCD HDTVs (model LN32B550), Two (2) 37″ LCD HDTVs (model LN37B550) and Two (2) 40″ LCD HDTVs (model LN40B550); $100,000.00 of Microsoft software; $5,000.00 grant from DirecTV (awarded in the form of a check) and the DIRECTV GOES TO SCHOOL® package; $5,000.00 in Best Buy @15 Gift Cards (certain terms and conditions may apply on use of gift cards as specified by Best Buy); and one (1) Classroom Assistant Dog (significant restrictions and qualifications apply as specified by the National Education for Assistance Dog Services). Total Estimated Retail Value of the Grand Prize package is $210,000.00.

First Prize package (15): Each winning school will receive $50,000.00 awarded in the form of $24,000.00 of the following Samsung merchandise: Twelve (12) 24″ LCD Monitors (model 2494HM), Ten (10) 16″ Screen Notebook PCs (model R610), Two (2) Color Laser Printers (model CLP-770ND), Five (5) HD Digital Camcorders (model HMX-H105), Seven (7) Digital Cameras (model TL220), Two (2) Blu-ray players (model BD-P3600) and Two (2) 37″ LCD HDTVs (model LN37B550); $24,000.00 of Microsoft software; and a $2,000.00 grant from DirecTV (awarded in the form of a check) and the DIRECTV GOES TO SCHOOL® package. Total ERV of each First Prize package is $50,000.00.

Second Prize (5): Each winning school will receive $10,000.00 in Best Buy @15 Gift Cards (certain terms and conditions may apply on use of gift cards as specified by Best Buy). Total ERV of each Second Prize is $10,000.00.

Rules: www.fourseasonsofhope.com/us/4seasons_hope/rules

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