AASA and Hobsons Open National Scholarship Competition


James Minichello

Students asked to tell the world how they are more than a test score in Twitter contest

Arlington, Va. – May 1, 2017 – High school seniors can now submit their entries to a Twitter-based scholarship competition allowing them to tell the world how they are ready for college and careers beyond a single standardized test score.

The Redefining Ready! National Scholarship 2017 contest is sponsored by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and Hobsons, the company behind Naviance. It is inspired by AASA’s Redefining Ready! initiative, designed to more accurately determine college and career readiness.

Redefining Ready! uses various metrics, including success in Advanced Placement or dual credit classes, completion of internships or industry certifications and co-curricular participation, to better assess students' potential for postsecondary success. 
In a video no longer than 30 seconds, students must use one or more of those metrics to explain why they are college or career ready. The organizations will award several scholarships, including a grand prize of $5,000.

“Standardized test scores fail to portray a comprehensive picture of student potential,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “Our students are driven by ideas and innovations, and should not be reduced to a single test score. We are excited to hear from high school students throughout the country about how they are ready for college and careers using the Redefining Ready! metrics.”

The scholarship was first announced in March at the AASA National Conference on Education, an annual gathering that convenes hundreds of superintendents.
Students must post their videos to Twitter using the #RedefiningReady hashtag and tagging @AASAHQ and @Hobsons in their scholarship entry tweet. Students can use phones, iPads or video cameras to film the videos, which will be judged on compelling content. Creativity is encouraged.
“While grades and test scores are valuable metrics, we know that being truly college and career ready means so much more than those scores,” said Patricia Gagnon, Hobsons’ general manager for Naviance. “This scholarship competition gives students an opportunity to demonstrate that they know themselves, understand what they’ve accomplished so far, and have a plan for what they intend to achieve, in school and in life. We can’t wait to hear what they have to tell us, and to then help them reach their educational goals.”
As part of the contest, students also must fill out and upload their video to a formal application, which will include writing a short 250-word essay and completing contact information. Winners will be determined by a committee selected by AASA.
The contest runs through Monday, May 22 and is open to all graduating high school seniors in the U.S. Applications and more information can be found at https://www.redefiningready.org/national-scholarship/.


About Hobsons
Hobsons helps students identify their strengths, explore careers, create academic plans, match to best-fit educational opportunities, and reach their education and life goals. Through our solutions, we enable thousands of educational institutions to improve college and career planning, admissions and enrollment management, and student success and advising for millions of students around the globe. Hobsons works with more than 12,000 schools, colleges, and universities and serves more than 13 million students.

About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.