ABPA Harrington-Arthur Memorial Scholarship Essay Competition

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ABPA Harrington-Arthur Memorial Scholarship Essay Competition

The American Backflow Prevention Association (ABPA) is pleased to announce the ABPA Harrington-Arthur Memorial Scholarship Essay Competition. This competition is open to all persons of high school who at least age 13 and no older than age 19 as of December 31, 2018, and legal residents of the United States or Canada.

Essay Contest Topic: Explain backflow prevention and why it is important in protecting potable water supplies. Discuss some of the hazards that could be a threat to our drinking water, and the types of backflow prevention to protect against them.

The competition has established to reward students who seek to increase their knowledge and understanding of how Cross-Connection Control and Backflow Prevention help ensure safe drinking water.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • All persons of high school age (at least age 13 and no older than age 19 as of December 31, 2018) and legal residents of the United States or Canada.
  • Applicants may currently attend a public, private, or parochial school, or be home-schooled.
  • The applicant is not required to be college-bound; the scholarship money can be used for any type of advanced education.

How to Apply & Competition Rules:

To participate, the applicants must submit an online application form through the given link: https://abpa.site-ym.com/page/Scholarship


  • Previous winners and the immediate families of ABPA officers and directors are not eligible to participate.
  • Further, the immediate relatives of directors and staff of Federal Student Aid, Semester at Sea, or the National Student Leadership Conference are not eligible to participate.
  • Each individual student who applies to this scholarship contest shall write an essay of 700-1200 words and submit it, along with a completed and signed application form by uploading it to the ABPA website
  • All essays must be submitted with an official application form.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted. Multiple entries will be disqualified.
  • By submitting an entry, the Applicant states that he/she agrees to all competition rules. Applicants under the age of 18 must include the signature of a parent or legal guardian.
  • The essay shall be an original work in English. Illegible, incomplete, forged or plagiarized entries will not be accepted.
  • The Applicant is required to include a statement in the essay that this is his/her original work, that it arises out of the Applicant’s own research, and that the work, assistance, and ideas of any other people have been credited.
  • The body of the essay shall be no fewer than 700 words and no greater than 1,200 words in length (excludes the title page, any footnotes, bibliography/references page, and biography page).
  • Entries must be submitted in 12-point Times New Roman, or an equivalent font, be double-spaced, and with a one-inch margin on all sides of the page. Graphics are not permitted.
  • An original copy of the essay must be submitted.
  • All submissions shall include a word count, as described in (2) above. Word counts based on a word Processor are acceptable.
  • Essays must be submitted electronically as a PDF; essays submitted in any other format will not be considered.
  • The essay shall include the following four parts:
    • Title page
    • Essay pages
    • Bibliography/references
    • Applicant’s biography
  • The title page, bibliography/references and Applicant’s biography shall each be listed on separate pages.
  • No reference to the Applicant’s name or Applicant information should be made on the essay pages or bibliography/references to avoid any possible bias by the judges.
  • Strict adherence to these rules is required.
  • Essays that do not conform to the rules may be disqualified prior to judging.
  • The title page shall include the title of the essay, the Applicant’s name, address, telephone number, and email address (if available).
  • In addition, the title page shall include the Applicant’s grade level, and name, address, and telephone number of the high school in which the Applicant is enrolled, or mention of whether the Applicant is home-schooled.
  • The essay shall include a bibliography with reference notes unless the American Psychological Association (APA) style of writing is used.
  • Reference notes (footnotes or endnotes) give the sources of your information or ideas.
  • Footnotes are placed at the bottom of the page where the information appears. Alternatively, you may gather all the notes at the end of the text as endnotes.
  • Any essay using crowd-sourced and publicly editable sources such as Wikipedia will be disqualified
  • The Applicant’s biography is limited to one page.
  • Recommended topics to be included are academic awards and achievements, school activities, community service projects and activities, hobbies, and plans for further education.

Submission Requirements:

The essay should contain the following:

  • An introduction of the subject that contains an explanation of the position taken by the Applicant. The objective is to demonstrate that the Applicant understands the Contest question, and has formed a response to it.
  • The body of the essay develops the Applicant’s argument using research and analysis.
  • The process of analysis may include comparing and contrasting, differentiating among several ideas or events, critiquing a variety of perspectives, interpreting results, or drawing inferences.
  • Be sure to identify the sources of your information or ideas.
  • A conclusion summarizes the research and analysis presented in the essay.
  • Drawing on ideas already presented, the Applicant should demonstrate that the conclusion supports the position put forward in the body of the essay.
  • The goal should be to convince the reader that the position is reasonable and valid.


  • There will be one scholarship presented as a $1,500 check in the winner’s name to a recognized state-sponsored

Application Deadline:

Essay entries must be received by 11:59 PM (EST) on January 31, 2019.

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