Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When can I apply?
The Contest begins at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time ("ET") on April 15, 2014 and ends at 4:00 p.m. ET on May 6, 2014 or when 2,000 applications have been received, whichever occurs first. If 2,000 applications are received before 4:00 pm ET on May 6, 2014, we will not accept any additional applications, so be sure to apply early!

Q. Who can apply?
The Contest is open to legal U.S. residents, who are 16 years of age or older as of date of application and are high school or college students that are enrolled at or accepted to a federally accredited four year college, university or graduate program for the Fall 2014 semester, located in one of the following regions:

Region #

State(s) Included In Region


Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont






New York


Rhode Island






Ohio and Michigan


All other US states not listed above

Q. How do I apply?
First, draft an original essay in 500 words or less explaining how you demonstrate good citizenship through community volunteerism and leadership. Then, visit or, click on the Contest link as directed and follow the instructions to complete the online application form for the applicable Region where your federally accredited four year college, university or graduate program for the Fall 2014 semester is located in. Be sure to include two references who have been involved with your volunteer efforts. You must include all information requested on the online application form. Next, upload a photo and submit your original essay. Photos must be a headshot of the applicant only. Essays must be no more than 500 words.

To complete your application, you will be required to provide two documents: an affidavit of eligibility and proof of enrollment/acceptance for the Fall 2014 semester. Download your affidavit of eligibility, print out the form, and complete it. To be sure we receive both the completed affidavit and the proof of enrollment/acceptance, you may scan them and email them to, fax them to 631-454-1834 (Attn: CJ), or mail them to: Don Jagoda Associates, Inc., c/o TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship, 100 Marcus Drive (Dept. CJ), Melville, NY 11747.

Q. What is considered a proof of enrollment/acceptance?
We will accept the following as a valid proof of enrollment/acceptance:

Q. Where can I download an affidavit of eligibility?
Your affidavit of eligibility can be downloaded once you have completed your application. You will also be emailed a link to this form after your application has been accepted.

Q. What happens to my application if my affidavit of eligibility and proof of enrollment/acceptance are not received by the end of the Contest period?
If you fail to return the required documents prior to the end of the Contest period, your application will be disqualified.

Q. How will I know if I have completed all of the requirements to complete my application?
Due to the volume of submissions, the Administrator will not be confirming receipt of submission components or confirming if submission components are complete. Therefore, it is extremely important that you follow all instructions carefully and review your affidavit of eligibility prior to submission to avoid any errors or incomplete information.

Q. What should I include in my essay?
It's a good idea to demonstrate leadership in your community, the number of hours per week/month/year that you are involved; and how you will continue to stay involved in the community as you continue your education. As long as you comply with the Official Rules, you may take any creative approach you want in writing about your community involvement. 

Applications must be in English.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Q.  What shouldn't I include in my essay?
Do not include other people's full names without having their permission (or a parent's/legal guardian's permission, if person mentioned is a minor).

When submitting your photo, beware of any clothing worn or props/items appearing in the photo. There must not be any visible logos (other than logos mentioned above), drawings, cartoons, phrases, trademarks or other third-party materials.

Do not include material plagiarized from another source or an application that has been previously published or submitted in another competition.

Do not include obscene, profane, lewd, defamatory or inappropriate images or text; or nudity, acts of violence, acts that appear to cause injury or harm, or acts that are illegal or dangerous.

Do not include any third party materials, or materials that, violate or infringe (or may be at risk of infringing) any third party rights, including without limitation copyright, trademark rights, privacy rights (including portrayal in a false light), publicity rights, or other intellectual property rights.

Do not include logos (other than Citizens Bank, Charter One or the organization where you may perform community work), marks that identify a brand, or other personal or proprietary materials of any entity or person living or deceased. Please note, if you include any logos or anything identifiable for the organization where you may perform community work, you must get the permission from a principal in the organization in order to include that material. Citizens Bank or Charter One may also request that permission in writing in their sole discretion.

Q. How are winners determined?
A Sponsor-selected panel of judges will score the applications received in each Region to determine the Grand Prize winner(s) per Region, based on the following criteria: Best depiction of leadership and initiative – 33%; Relevance to theme, including type of service and amount of time spent doing service – 33%; and most compelling essay – 34%.  In the event of a tie, tied applicants will be re-judged by the Judges, based 100% on most deserving applicant. The applicant(s) with the highest score(s) in each Region will be deemed the Grand Prize winner(s) in that Region.

Q. When will winners be determined?
Applications will be judged by May 20, 2014.

Q. How many times can I apply to the Contest?
You may only submit one application in the Contest.

Q. I'm having difficulty applying for the Contest. What should I do?
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