Guidelines for the Ultimate Backpack Scholarship Submissions

The Ultimate Backpack Scholarship 2016 Official Rules


The winning essays will be judged on the following criteria: content, style, creativity, and how persuasively the applicant presents his or her point of view. After the deadline of August 31, 2016, all entries will be reviewed. After review, the winning essays will be selected by a panel of three judges.


The applicant of the first place winning essay will receive a one-time scholarship of $5,000 while the applicants of the second and third place winning essay will receive a one-time scholarship of $2,500 each, to be applied to the following school-related expenses: tuition, fees, books, and on-campus room and board. Funds must be used in the 2016 academic year. Scholarships funds are provided by and will be paid via mail to the Financial Aid Office of the winning applicant’s college.

Submission of Materials

All entries must be entered through the official Ultimate Backpack Scholarship submission form, which can be found at (THE SWISSGEAR.COM ULTIMATE BACKPACK SCHOLARSHIP). No paper or hard copy submissions will be accepted. All essays must be written in English. Submissions must be uploaded in either a Microsoft Word or PDF format. Personal information submitted will be used solely for the use of awarding the scholarship and will not be used for any other function on reserves the right to publish content from the submitted essays themselves.


Current employees, the immediate family of current employees and any employees or immediate family members of any affiliated companies and/or suppliers are not eligible for entry. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applicants must either be an incoming college freshman for the spring 2016 academic semester or a current undergraduate or graduate student that is enrolled by August 31, 2016 at any accredited two or four year college, university or institute. To see if your school is eligible, please visit:

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