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Model Community Award

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The Model Community Family Award is given in honor of the outstanding and significant contributions family members make in the lives of Otterbein students in preparing them for college and supporting them while they are here.

How to Enter 

Essays are now being accepted for the 2018 Model Community Family Award. Essays should be no more than 500 words in length and are due by Sept. 1.  
Submit your Model Community Family Award Essay Online.

Otterbein students are invited to submit an essay about a family member who has taught them a significant lesson and apply it to their experience at Otterbein. The essays should be named “From where I STAND.” Essays are judged by a committee. The subject of the winning essay receives the Model Community Family Award and the student who wrote the essay wins a prize as well.

Nominate a family member here!

About the Contest

The contest, presented by the Center for Student Involvement and the Office of Constituent Communication & Philanthropic Programs, provides students with an opportunity to recognize parents, step-parents, or guardians whose presence, endeavors, dedication, and care have contributed to his or her personal development and academic success.

Essay Requirements

  • Name the Essay “From Where I STAND”.
  • Identify and illustrate a life lesson you have learned from a family member. 
  • Share how this lesson has contributed to your personal development and academic success and how you have used or plan to use this lesson during your time at Otterbein.  
  • You must be a current Otterbein University student to participate. 
  • Entries should be no more than 500 words in length.

Judging Criteria

Thoughtful reflection on the life lesson illustrated and the ways in which the nominee has impacted and influenced the student in a positive manner.

  • Clear and concise development of points.
  • Technical correctness and grammar. 

Recognition and Prizes

All nominees will receive a congratulatory letter and a copy of the essay submission. 
Recognition of the winning essay and the award recipient(s) will occur during Homecoming & Family Weekend.

The student who wrote the winning essay will be presented with a Gift Card and the winner(s) of the Model Community Family Award will be presented with a framed certificate. The winning student will also be highlighted in Towers Magazine.

Past Recipients

2017 - Michael Storts and Brent Shaw
2016 - Nick Takach
2015 - 
Mary Jo Miller
2014 - Doug Bean



/ Center for Student Involvement

The Center for Student Involvement is located at
100 W. Home St.

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Colette Masterson
Director of the Center for Student Involvement
p/ 614.823.3205
e/ cmasterson@otterbein.edu

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