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Locations

Moscow

info@uidaho.edu
Phone: 208-885-6111
Toll-free: 88-88-UIDAHO
Fax: 208-885-9119
Student Union Building
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4264
Moscow, ID 83844-4264

Boise

Phone: 208-334-2999
Fax: 208-364-4035
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702

boise@uidaho.edu
www.uidaho.edu/boise

Coeur d'Alene

Phone: 208-667-2588
Toll-free: 888-208-2268
Fax: 208-664-1272
1031 N. Academic Way,
Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

cdactr@uidaho.edu
www.uidaho.edu/cda

Idaho Falls

Phone: 208-282-7900
Fax: 208-282-7929
1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, ID 83402

ui-if@if.uidaho.edu
www.uidaho.edu/idahofalls

Morrill Act 150th Anniversary banner

Contest Rules

As Idaho’s land-grant university, the University of Idaho is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act by asking Idaho's young people to think about what education means to their futures.

Idaho elementary students in kindergarten through 5th grade may submit posters for the contest.  Idaho students in grades 6 through 12, as well as members of FFA and FCCLA chapters, may produce short videos that will be showcased online. The topic for the posters and videos: What is the Morrill Act, and what does the promise the law made then mean to me today – is the promise still relevant?
  • General Guidance
    Contest participants may want to focus their entries on answering the following questions:
    1. What was the Morrill Act?
    2. How did this land-grant act change public education?
    3. What does the Morrill Act mean to you? What does it mean for the future of education?

    Emphasis will be placed on the question “What does the Morrill Act mean to you?” The YouTube-style videos will be about 2 to 4 minutes in total length but cannot exceed 4 minutes.

    The contest will offer $6,000 in prizes. Entries must be submitted electronically or postmarked by Oct. 19.

    Entries will be judged on originality and their ability to show the importance of the Morrill Act to education today. Important factors will be the quality of the creative concept, technical ability and script. The selection of winners will be at the sole discretion of the contest judges.

    All materials in the video must originate with the entrants. No copyrighted materials may be used. Winners will be asked to provide legal releases that authorize the use of the images or voices of all of the people included in the video.
  • Poster entries: Grades K - 5

    • Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to submit posters that address the history, promise and importance of the Morrill Act. An individual school may submit a total of three entries for the poster contest.

    • The poster contest prizes will be awarded to the sponsoring teacher for classroom or chapter use.

    • The prizes for the poster contest will be $175 for first place, $150 for second place and $75 for third place.

    • Posters may not exceed 22 x 28 inches.

    • Entries must be mailed to University of Idaho - College of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, c/o Ingrid Spence, 875 Perimeter Drive MS 3080, Moscow, ID 83844.

    • If a category lacks sufficient entries, or contest judges decide entries fail to meet contest rules, no award may be given, or prize money may be reallocated to other contest-related purposes.

    • Entries will be judged on originality and their ability to show the importance of the Morrill Act to education today. Important factors will be the quality of the creative concept and its presentation. The selection of winners will be at the sole discretion of the contest judges. All materials must originate with the entrants or from non-copyrighted sources.

    • Submissions will not be returned. The entrant agrees that winning entries may be used for promotional purposes by the University of Idaho at its sole discretion.


    For additional information about the contest and rules, visit www.uidaho.edu/MorrillAct.
  • Video entries: Grades 6 - 12
    • Video entries must run between 2 and 4 minutes. Videos must provide a short description of the Morrill Act and the effect of the Morrill Act on higher education in the United States.

    • Most of the video should explore how the Morrill Act and the land-grant university system it created affects young people today. Junior high and high school students are encouraged to explore their ideas about the importance of higher education or additional training after high school to their own lives and to Idaho.

    • Entries will be displayed on a website maintained by the University of Idaho for this purpose. Instructions for submitting videos are available at www.uidaho.edu/MorrillAct.

    • Entries will be judged on originality and their ability to show the importance of the Morrill Act to education today. Important factors will be the quality of the creative concept, technical ability and script. The selection of winners will be at the sole discretion of the contest judges.

    • All materials in the video must originate with the entrants or from non-copyrighted sources. Entrants will be asked to provide legal releases that authorize the use of the images or voices of all of the people shown or heard in the video. The required release forms will be available for download on this website.

    • Video entries will be accepted from students attending 6th through 12th grades. Separate contest categories for FFA and FCCLA chapters and school classes overseen by an individual teacher or teaching team.

    • Individual schools may submit a total of three entries. Each video may only be submitted in a single category. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the sponsoring teacher for classroom or chapter use.

    • Prizes for each video contest category for high school-level classes and FFA and FCCLA chapters will be $750 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place. Prizes for classes for grades 6 to 8 will be $500 for first place, $300 for second and $200 for third.

    • Individuals or other non-school affiliated groups may also enter the video contest. One prize of $100 will be available for individuals age 18 or younger or other non-school groups entering the video contest.

    • If a category lacks sufficient entries, or contest judges decide entries fail to meet contest rules, no award may be given, or prize money may be reallocated to other contest-related purposes.

    • Entrants agree that by entering the contest their materials may be used for promotional purposes by the University of Idaho at its sole discretion.


    For additional information about the contest and rules, including instructions for submitting videos, visit www.uidaho.edu/MorrillAct.