We will award three prizes. The Grand Prize is $1,000 for Best Overall submission. Two $500 prizes will be awarded, one for Best Essay and one for Best Project. The scholarships awarded this semester are for use in Fall 2023.
The reflective essay and project can be submitted to the Reading Culture Canvas Course before the presentation! (If you are not in the Canvas Course, fill out the form below!)
The Reflective Essay
The deadline for essay submission to the Canvas course is 11:59 pm April 24th.
Students will submit a written reflection of at least 500-750 words, typed, in correct MLA or APA format. The reflection should contain the author’s name, student ID number, and contact information in the upper left corner of the first page. You will submit your reflection to Canvas any time before April 24th. Essays not submitted by 11:59 pm on Monday, April 24th, 2023 will not be considered.
Your reflection should be a cohesive essay that explains your new understanding of Filipino culture based on one of the two selected texts. Your reflection should develop a thesis statement effectively, using support points that consist of evidence from multiple sections of the novels and/or Reading Culture events. This evidence will consist of specific details, quotations, and/or paraphrases that you explain/interpret/analyze adequately. It should conform to the standards of edited American English and adhere to MLA or APA guidelines for documentation.
You can use one of the following questions to guide your writing.
Instructions for Creative Projects
The deadline for the creative project submission to the Canvas course is 11:59 pm April 24th, 2023.
Your project should be thorough and engaging and exhibit originality, creativity, and style.
Some examples of creative projects include: Original songs, presentations, story maps, any sort of original writing readings (e.g. spoken word, poetry), drama, dance, edited videos, video essays, paintings, dioramas, and any other creative content are welcome.
The following tips on artist statement come from The Art League: https://www.theartleague.org/blog/2015/08/24/8-artist-statements-we-love/ (Links to an external site.)
What [good] artist statements do:
Some questions to answer when writing/presenting your statement:
All work you submit must be your own. The point of this is not to present a research paper on the novel, so limit your use of sources to the novel you read and the events you attended. When you use the novel and events to enhance your writing or presentation, you must clearly distinguish between your words and ideas and theirs at all times, making sure to cite appropriately in the text.
All written work, including the essay and the event summaries, will be submitted to Turnitin.com through the Canvas shell. Any written work demonstrating evidence of plagiarism will be disqualified.
Important: you must use your HCC email address to request access to the Canvas Course!
Students who read one of the two books, participate in at least two qualifying, cultural events, and write an essay or produce a creative project have the chance to compete for a scholarship! Three scholarships are available; one for $1,000 and two for $500 each. The scholarships awarded this semester are for use in Fall 2023.
Past Reading Culture winners’ eligibility for future prizes in the program will resume after one academic year.
Congratulations to the Fall 2021 Winners!
Congratulations to the Spring 2021 Winners!
Congratulations to the Fall 2020 Scholarship competition finalists!
Congratulations to the Spring 2020 Scholarship competition finalists!
1st place, $1000 prize: Afaf Mirza
2nd place, $500 prize: Jin Suk Yoo
3rd place, $500 prize: Maria Guzman Gutierrez
Congratulations to the Fall 2019 Scholarship competition finalists!
Congratulations to the Spring 2019 Scholarship competition finalists!
Congratulations to the Fall 2018 Scholarship Essay Finalists
Congratulations to the Spring 2018 Scholarship Essay Finalists
Natalia Correa Usubillaga
Fall 2017 Scholarship Essay Finalists
Spring 2017 Scholarship Essay Finalists
Alphabetical by last name
Yu Ying Weng
Fall 2016 Scholarship Essay Finalists
Alphabetical by last name
Reading Culture Scholarship recipients for Spring 2016
$1,000 recipient is Sumayyah Khan
$500 recipient is Rabab Mohamed
$500 recipient is Son Nguyen
Congratulations to the following students:
1. Natalie Valentine, recipient of the $1,000 scholarship
2. Lyudmyla Morhun-Le, recipient of a $500 scholarship
3. Giok Boothe, recipient of a $500 scholarship
The other finalists for Fall 2015:
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