Rules and Eligibility Requirements
The DECASO Scholarship Program (the “Scholarship”) is sponsored by DECASO and their parent company Chairish, Inc. (“Chairish”).
Subject to these Official Rules, the Scholarship is open only to permanent legal U.S. residents physically residing in the fifty (50) United States of America and the District of Columbia, who (i) are at least 18 years old as of the date of application; and(ii) are currently enrolled in an accredited college or university in the United States, as listed on the U.S. Department of Education website, available at http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx. Scholarships will not be paid to Universities outside of the United States. Employees of DECASO, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies and any other entity involved in the development or administration of this Scholarship, and their immediate family members or household members are not eligible to participate in or earn the Scholarship. THE SCHOLARSHIP IS VOID OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES OR WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW OR WHERE BONDING, REGISTRATION, OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS WOULD BE REQUIRED BUT HAVE NOT BEEN MET. ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS APPLY.
There is one annual application periods for the Scholarship. The respective annual application period is as follows: January 1st Deadline opens June 1st 2018, at 12:01 am Pacific Time and ends on January 1st 2019 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time (“Application Period”).
HOW TO ENTER:
No purchase or payment is necessary to apply for the Scholarship. During the Application Period, you may apply for the Scholarship by visiting (UPDATE) and entering the requested information, including your Essay Response (as further described below).
DECASO will post the essay topic online at (UPDATE) during the Application Period. In order to apply for the Scholarship, in addition to the other requirements stated herein, you must submit your essay response to the posted essay topic (“Essay Response”) during the Application Period. Your Essay Response must be limited to 500 words or less in order to be eligible. You may only submit one application; multiple applications will not be considered.
DECASO expressly reserves the right to disqualify any Essay Responses and/or applications that it believes in good faith are generated by an automated means or scripts or are the result of plagiarism. Applications generated by script, macro or other automated means are void.
One (1) “Design Quest Scholarship”: a one-time Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 (two thousand five hundred US dollars) to be applied toward tuition at the college or university in which the winner is enrolled.
The winner will receive one Scholarship. In no event shall DECASO be obligated to award any consideration other than the Scholarship specified in these Official Rules. The Scholarship is non-transferable and no substitutions (including, without limitation, for cash) are permitted. The winners shall be solely responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes, and any other costs and expenses, associated with the Scholarship.
SELECTION OF SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
Judges from DECASO shall review the applications of each entrant, including the Essay Responses, and select one winner. The Judge(s) shall base their decision on the following criteria: written communication skills, ability to demonstrate the values contemplated by the essay topic, and overall application strength. The Scholarship will be conducted under the supervision of DECASO. The decisions of DECASO are final and binding in all matters relating to this Scholarship.
CLAIMING YOUR SCHOLARSHIP
The Scholarship winners will be notified at the email address and/or phone number provided to DECASO; provided, however, that DECASO reserves the right to determine an alternate method of notification. Failure to provide accurate contact information may result in ineligibility, and if unable to contact a winner within 72 hours, DECASO may in its discretion award a Scholarship to any other eligible applicant.
The Scholarship will be awarded to the winner and paid directly to his/her accredited college or university for tuition for the semester following their win. Winners are required to provide DECASO with the following information if requested:
- Your residential address and phone number;
- Your student identification card at your enrolled college or university;
- Your current or most recent transcript from your enrolled college or university;
- Contact and mailing information for your college’s or university’s financial aid office.
No payment of any Scholarship will be granted until DECASO is able to verify with the winner's financial aid department that you are enrolled at the institution. The winner must cooperate with DECASO and his/her institution in filing or providing any necessary paperwork or other materials or signatures deemed necessary by DECASO or the institution in their discretion to process the Scholarship. DECASO may, in its sole discretion, decline to award payment of the Scholarship in the case of a winner's failure to provide information in a timely fashion requested by DECASO or the institution, or if the student's enrollment lapses for any reason.
DECASO will pay the Scholarship directly to the U.S. accredited college or university of the eligible winner in one lump sum. No Scholarship moneys will be paid directly to the winner. DECASO has the sole discretion and final word over the timing and manner of any scholarship payments. The winner will be responsible for providing a letter of enrollment from the college or university where the Scholarship will be directed.
GENERAL CONDITIONS AND RELEASES:
By applying for the Scholarship, you agree to conform to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. When applicable, the winner may be required to execute and return (and winning may be conditioned upon the winner executing and returning) to DECASO, within ten (10) business days, an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability and Publicity Release drafted by DECASO to be eligible for the Scholarship or an alternate winner will be selected. The winner may be required in DECASO’s sole discretion to complete relevant tax forms as a condition to the delivery of the applicable Scholarship. Winner may also be required to furnish proof of identity, address and birth date in order to receive a Scholarship.
Unless prohibited by applicable law, your acceptance of a Scholarship constitutes your permission to use your name, photograph, likeness, voice, address (city and state) and testimonials in all media, in perpetuity, in any manner DECASO deems appropriate for publicity purposes without any compensation to such applicant or any review or approval rights, notifications, or permissions; and constitutes your consent to disclose your personally identifiable information to third parties (including, without limitation, placing the winner’s name on a winner’s list).
An applicant or winner may be disqualified from winning the Scholarship if he or she fails to comply with each provision of these Official Rules, as determined in the sole discretion of the DECASO. Application for the Scholarship is at applicant’s own risk. DECASO shall not be liable for: (1) failed, returned or misdirected notifications based on inaccurate information provided by the winner in connection with an application; (2) applications and responses to winner notifications which are lost, late, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, postage-due, misdirected, damaged or otherwise not received by the intended recipient in whole or in part or for computer or technical error of any kind; (3) any electronic miscommunications or failures, technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit an applicant’s ability to apply for the Scholarship; (4) any technical malfunctions of the telephone network, computer on-line system, computer equipment, software, program malfunctions or other failures, delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human, mechanical or technical in nature, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to applicant’s or any other person's computer or mobile device related to or resulting from downloading any application or otherwise in connection with this Scholarship; or (5) any warranty with respect to any Scholarship or any component thereof. THE SCHOLARSHIP IS AWARDED “AS IS” AND DECASO DOES NOT MAKE ANY, AND HEREBY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL, REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND REGARDING THE SCHOLARSHIP.
NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING ELSE HEREIN OR OTHERWISE, DECASO AND/OR ITS VENDORS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE OR OBLIGATED WITH RESPECT TO ANY SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS AGREEMENT OR UNDER CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY FOR (A) ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF REVENUE, GOODWILL, OR ANTICIPATED PROFITS), (B) DATA LOSS OR COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES, AND/OR (C) ANY MATTER BEYOND SUCH PARTIES’ REASONABLE CONTROL.
By applying for the Scholarship, you agree to and hereby do release and hold harmless DECASO and their respective parents, subsidiaries and affiliated entities, directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents, and representatives from any damage, injury, death, loss, claim, action, demand, or other liability (collectively, “Claims”) that may arise from your acceptance, possession and/or use of any Scholarship or your application for this Scholarship, regardless of whether such Claims, or knowledge of the facts constituting such Claims, exist at the time of application or arise at any time thereafter. Any person attempting to defraud or in any way tamper with this Scholarship may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. DECASO reserves the right to modify these Official Rules in any way or at any time. DECASO reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this Scholarship should viruses, bugs or other causes beyond their control corrupt the administration, security or proper operation of the Scholarship. In the event of cancellation or suspension, DECASO shall promptly post a notice on DECASO’s website to such effect. These Official Rules shall be governed by California law, without regard to conflicts of laws provisions. By applying for this Scholarship, you agree that any dispute or litigation arising from or relating to this Scholarship shall be determined by binding arbitration only in San Jose, California, by and under the Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures of JAMS, and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. Notwithstanding the foregoing, DECASO may seek equitable relief in any court of competent jurisdiction. If any provision of these rules is held to be illegal or unenforceable, such provision shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that these rules otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable.