Fagen Friedman Scholarship Essays

$1000 Awards for Essays on "Why Education Matters"

Partnership Between Private and Public Sectors Continues to Benefit Education

Congratulations are in order for high school seniors from five California public school districts:

  • Nathan Alvarez, Santa Barbara USD
  • Jessica Bouchard, Dublin USD
  • Alonso Casas, Sweetwater Union HSD
  • Alexis Juarez, Riverside USD
  • Cassidy Scott, Folsom Cordova USD

These students were recently named as winners of the seventh annual "Why Education Matters" essay contest, a unique collaboration between the California Association of California Latino Superintendents & Administrators (CALSA) and the F3 Student Awards.

As part of the application process, students from across the state wrote essays on how they define success and the role education plays in helping them combine personal passions with professional aspirations. Essays were reviewed and assessed by leaders of CALSA, a professional association comprised of Latino educational leaders statewide dedicated to closing the Latina/o achievement gap.

"It is inspirational to assist these future leaders with the essential educational step in helping them achieve their goals," observed CALSA Executive Director Dr. David Verdugo.  "As the educational bar continues to be set high, it is important for private organizations to proactively address and support our students. I have the highest regard for F3 and their generosity."

The F3 Student Awards were established by Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP, a comprehensive public education law firm, and sponsors the "Why Education Matters" awards. From six locations across the state, F3 represents nearly 500 of the state's public school districts and county offices of education.

"Our clients are dedicated to serving students," said F3 Managing Partner Christopher Keeler, "and we share their commitment providing outstanding educational opportunities as a way to reach their goals. We established the F3 Student Awards and are proud to partner with leading education associations, including CALSA, to help recognize and reward public education's many student success stories. It is our deepest honor to recognize and support these terrific students."


High School Seniors Can Win $1000

To affirm our commitment to academic excellence, the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) and F3 Student AwardsTM (F3) have created an annual essay contest awarding five education awards of $1,000 each for high school students.

2018 Contest Has Now Closed; Winners to Be Announced in Late Spring

TOPIC: Why Education Matters

How do you define success and the role of education in helping you achieve your goal? What are your unique passions and interests? Tell us how you plan to use these personal qualities and experiences to achieve your plans for the future.

PRIZES: Each of the five winners of the CALSA / F3 "Why Education Matters Essay" Contest will receive a $1000 education award.

ELIGIBILITY: Eligibility for the education awards is reserved exclusively for seniors attending a public high school in California and planning to attend a community college or a four-year university upon graduation in June 2018.

DISCLAIMER: CALSA and F3 do not assume responsibility for lost, late, misdirected, and illegible entries, all of which will be disqualified.

Contest Rules


The student entrant must not put his/her name on the essay.

Each student entry must include the student's telephone number, including area code, in the upper right hand corner of each page. It must be the same number as that listed on the application form.

F3 will forward entries to judges selected by CALSA for assessment. Essays will be assessed on content and style, including but not limited to passion, clear, articulate, and logical organization, development of ideas expressed, insight, creativity, and completeness and consistency in the use of language, variety in sentence structure, range of vocabulary, use of proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

  • Essays must be solely the work of the student entrant. Plagiarized essays will be disqualified.
  • Entrants must submit only one essay.
  • Decisions of the judges are final.
  • All entries become property of CALSA and F3. They will not be returned.

Award winners will be notified by April, 2018. The likelihood of winning will depend upon the quality of all other entries as judged by the criteria stated above. Prizes are nontransferable. All prizes will be awarded. Competition is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state, or local taxes.

Essays must be original, not in the public domain, factually accurate, and must not infringe or violate any law or the legal or equitable right of any person or entity, nor contain material that infringes or violates any personal property rights of others or that constitutes defamation, invasion of privacy, an infringement of the intellectual property rights of any third person, or is otherwise unlawful. By submitting an essay, each student acknowledges his or her understanding of and compliance with these rules. CALSA and F3 reserve the right to disqualify any entry deemed inappropriate for publication, at their discretion.

Within 10 days of the date specified in the notification, winners and, for students 17 years of age or younger, their parents/guardians, will be required to execute an affidavit of originality, eligibility, and compliance with rules, a release of liability, and a grant of publication rights, or the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner. Winners must provide a street address where CALSA and/or F3 can mail the winners a publicity release, affidavit of eligibility, and, if applicable, a tax form.

All essays and all rights to their publication become the property of CALSA and/or F3, which may use, edit, and excerpt these entries for promotional or any other purpose, including placing them online without attribution or compensation, additional or otherwise. CALSA and F3 reserve the right to use winners' names and other biographical data, including but not limited to, hometowns, schools and school districts of attendance, in any advertising or promotional materials relating to this competition without further notification, permission, or compensation to the winners, except where prohibited by law.


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