OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES

THE DIRECT ENERGY LIVE BRIGHTER SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST


1. Overview

The Direct Energy Live Brighter Scholarship Contest ("Contest") is sponsored by Direct Energy Services, LLC ("Sponsor"). Sponsor is committed to supporting and recognizing the people and organizations making a positive impact in their communities. As we empower people to live brighter by using energy wisely and efficiently, the Contest will provide students additional support towards their academic future. The Contest will offer high school and college students the opportunity to receive up to $2,500 for use towards their college tuition. Each applicant must submit online the required application, which requires either a 500 word essay or link to their video creation.

2. Eligibility and Application Requirements

Eligibility:

Employees of Direct Energy and its respective parents, divisions, affiliates, subsidiaries, promotional or marketing agencies, and their immediate family members (parent, child, sibling and spouse) and persons living in the same households of each such employee (whether related or not) are not eligible.

Requirements:
  • Review and accept the Official Rules of the Contest
  • Applicant must be a registered college/university student 18 years of age or older
  • Be a resident of any of the states where Direct Energy offers energy services: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, D.C.
  • Have a minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Provide an electronic copy of official or unofficial transcripts. Transcript does not need to bear a University Seal or School Seal, but must contain all of the relevant academic information of a student, including student name, cumulative grade point average, and school year. Transcript must be in one of the following formats: .doc, .pdf, .txt, .jpg, .png. Other file types will not be accepted and applications with other file types will not be considered.
  • Must submit complete entry online including application form and accept terms and conditions
  • Submit complete application online between October 15th and December 15th, 2018 ("Contest Period")
  • Either create a 60 to 120 second video (not including the 10 second title screen) or write a 500 word essay that responds to the following question:

    • "In addition to empowering customers with the tools and technology to use energy wisely, Direct Energy uses our power to transform the lives of others. We're committed to the communities we serve and their well-being, which is why we partner with the Children's Miracle Network and other nonprofit organizations across North America. We created this scholarship to reward likeminded students who shine a light for others. How do you use your energy, skills or talents to serve or empower your community?"

Entrant must submit his/her contact information on the entry form and use his/her YouTube account for the Video entry. Once the Video is created, submit the link to the Video for entry into the Contest by the end of the Contest Period. To submit the Video, go to the website www.directenergy.com/scholarship and complete the Contest entry form. Be sure to properly enter all information, including your Video link, into the Contest. Copy and paste your Video's YouTube link in the space provided. Video should be marked as unlisted (to learn how to mark a video as unlisted, view www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?answer=181547). LIMIT: One entry per person, Additional entries after the first entry from the same Entrant will be void.

*No Sponsorship or endorsement of the Contest Parties by YouTube is intended or implied; nor is YouTube associated with the Contest in any way. IF FEWER THAN FIVE (5) QUALIFIED AND ELIGIBLE VIDEOS ARE SUBMITTED IN THE CONTEST, THEN THAT PORTION OF THE CONTEST WITH TOO FEW SUBMISSIONS SHALL IMMEDIATELY TERMINATE AND NO WINNERS WILL BE NAMED. Contest Parties shall have no liability whatsoever (including any liability or obligation to award a prize) to any Entrant should the Contest be terminated as a result of this lack of participation.

Video requirements:
  • Videos produced should contain information on how you live your life brighter as a student within your community
  • Video may include other people, but Entrants must have permission from all individuals who appear in or are mentioned in the Video to use their name, voice and/or image and they must be willing to grant the rights set forth in these Official Rules. If they are not willing, please do not use them in the Video. If requested, Entrants must be able to provide Sponsor with such permission on a form acceptable to Sponsor
  • Video must be original, and no longer than 120 seconds in length
  • If the Video includes music, then the music must be original music created and owned by Entrant
  • If an iPhone or some form of a flip camera is used, shoot footage horizontally, not vertically
  • Overall, select the highest resolution possible with any camera use
  • May not be a corporation or company. Only one entry per individual
  • All entries should begin with a 10 second full-screen "title screen" that includes the following information:
    • Producer's name (student)
    • School name
    • School city, state
The Video may not:
  • Show Entrants or anyone else driving under distracted conditions
  • Contain material that violates or infringes another's rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement
  • Disparage Sponsor or any of the other Contest Parties affiliated with the promotion and administration of this Contest
  • Feature brand names or trademarks
  • Contain artwork not created by Entrant
  • Content that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libelous
  • Contain content that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age
  • Contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations of the U.S.

Winning Entrants must provide their Video in its original format as well as all original unused footage taken when making the Video as winning entry will have the opportunity for their Video to be considered for use in the Sponsor's sole discretion. Please retain a copy of your Video entry and all related materials Video footage and materials. Failure to do so may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.

Entrant represent and warrant that their submission is the original work of such entrant and is accurate; it has not been copied from others. Information presented in the video must be cited, giving credit to the original source. Plagiarism of any kind will result in disqualification and further represent and warrant that their submission does not contain any defamatory, obscene or otherwise unlawful matter or depict anyone engaged in any illegal, immoral or lewd act, any violent or pornographic material or contain any other inappropriate content (as determined by Direct Energy).

All entry materials become the property of Direct Energy and will not be acknowledged or returned. Must sign a student video talent release form granting Direct Energy ownership of the video. Direct Energy reserves the right to use or refuse all content submitted.

Only those application forms which are fully completed, with required documents attached and electronically signed, will be considered. Applications must be submitted electronically through the application form. Emailed or mailed applications will not be considered for entry and will be destroyed upon receiving them. Videos will not be hosted on Sponsor site, they should be hosted on a YouTube.com with the permissions set to "unlisted" as the videos will not be listed publicly.

3. Application Process

Application Form:

Application form is available by visiting www.directenergy.com/scholarship

Deadline:

Application form must be submitted by Thursday, December 15th, 2018 at 11:59 pm ET. Mail in entry forms and other documentation will be destroyed and will not be accepted.

Applicants can send questions or concerns about the application process to DEscholarship@directenergy.com

4. Selection Process

Scholarship Committee

The scholarship program will be administered by a committee of Direct Energy employees ("Scholarship Committee"). The Scholarship Committee is comprised of at least 10 volunteer members. Each member will receive applications soon after the application deadline to start application review process.

Criteria for Selection:

This selection committee will review the applications and choose scholarship recipients based on the following criteria:

  • Academic Performance of the applicant based on submitted transcript (25%)
  • Creativity and innovation of the video or essay (25%)
  • Understanding the mission of the applicant and how it makes a positive difference in people's lives (25%)
  • Application should be aligned (25%) with our brand qualities of:
    • Being innovative
    • Being thoughtful
    • Being inspiring

    The entry with highest overall score will be declared the potential winner (in the event of a tie, the entry with the higher score in the essay will prevail). The selection panel's decisions are final and binding.

    Selection Procedures:

    Selection for the Direct Energy Live Brighter Scholarship will be a two-stage process consisting of application review and calibration process.

    Application Review
    • Each committee member will receive an equal number of applications to review
    • Successful candidates will be selected on the basis of academic performance, creativity and innovative approach, community involvement and alignment with Direct Energy's vision and values.
    Calibration Process:
    • Each committee member must select 3 finalists from the applications reviewed
    • A calibration meeting will be held
    • During the meeting each committee member will present why his/her finalist should be the recipient of the scholarship
    Notification of Winners:

    The finalist will be notified of his or her status by January 31st, 2019. We will maintain a list of alternate candidates in case winners decline the scholarship.

    5. Prize

    • One (1) prize of $2,500

    Winner may be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility, and a liability and publicity release (except where prohibited by law) which must be returned within ten (10) days of date of personal delivery or date of postmark. Failure to sign and return the affidavit or release within ten (10) days, or to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules, may result in a winner's disqualification, the forfeiture of his or her interest in the prize, and the award of the prize to a substitute winner.

    Notification of Prize:

    The winning students will receive a phone call, email, or letter announcing the official decision.

    Sponsor:

    The "Direct Energy Scholarship " Contest is sponsored by Direct Energy Services, LLC. ("Award Sponsor"). The decisions of the Award Sponsors regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of the Contest shall be final and binding in all respects.

    DISCLAIMERS

    (i) Award Sponsor is not responsible for entries that are lost, late, misdirected, incorrect, garbled, or incompletely received, for any reason, including by reason of hardware, software, browser, or network failure, malfunction, congestion, or incompatibility at Award Sponsor's' servers or elsewhere. In the event of a dispute, entries will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet Access Provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational institute) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

    (ii) Award Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process or the operation of the web site or otherwise attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest. Use of bots or other automated process to enter is prohibited and may result in disqualification at the sole discretion of Award Sponsor.

    (iii) Award Sponsor further reserve the right to cancel, terminate or modify the Contest if it is not capable of completion as planned, including by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, force majeure or technical failures of any sort.

    (iv) Award Sponsor is not responsible for errors in the administration or fulfillment of this contest, including without limitation mechanical, human, printing, distribution or production errors, and may cancel, terminate or modify this Contest based upon such error at its sole discretion without liability. In no event will Award Sponsor be responsible for awarding more than the number of prizes specified in these rules.

    (v) In the event this Contest is cancelled or terminated, pursuant to sub-paragraph (iii) or (iv), Award Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may elect to select a winner from among all eligible entries received up to the date of discontinuance for any or all of the prizes offered herein.

    (vi) AWARD SPONSOR MAKE NO WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS OR GUARANTEES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN FACT OR IN LAW, AS REGARDS THIS CONTEST OR THE MERCHANTABILITY, QUALITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE REGARDING ANY PRIZE OR ANY COMPONENT OF ANY PRIZE.

    (vii) CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND/OR CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, AWARD SPONSOR RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ATTORNEYS' FEES) FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

    THIS CONTEST IS SUBJECT TO ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS. ISSUES CONCERNING THE CONSTRUCTION, VALIDITY, INTERPRETATION AND ENFORCEABILITY OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES SHALL BE GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF TEXAS, WITHOUT REGARD TO ANY PRINCIPLES OF CONFLICT OF LAWS. ALL DISPUTES ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED WITH THIS CONTEST WILL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY, AND WITHOUT RESORT TO CLASS ACTION, EXCLUSIVELY BY A STATE OR FEDERAL COURT LOCATED IN HARRIS COUNTY, HOUSTON, TEXAS. SHOULD THERE BE A CONFLICT BETWEEN THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF TEXAS AND ANY OTHER LAWS, THE CONFLICT WILL BE RESOLVED IN FAVOR OF THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF TEXAS. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ALL JUDGMENTS OR AWARDS SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET DAMAGES (EXCLUDING ATTORNEYS' FEES) ASSOCIATED WITH PARTICIPATION IN THIS CONTEST AND SHALL NOT INCLUDE ANY INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL AND/OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.

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