The Samuel Eells Literary & Educational Foundation (SELEF) is a self-governing, tax-exempt corporation. It accepts tax-deductible donations and makes grants and loans to individuals and institutions of higher learning.

2017 OFFICIAL RULES & INSTRUCTIONS 

  •  The 2017 SELEF Literary Competition is open to all undergraduate college students associated with SELEF at select schools. All entries must be received by Thursday, July 6, 2017.
  • A $1,000 GRAND PRIZE will be awarded to that single entry which shows the greatest level of overall excellence in one of the eight categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, film, music/lyrics, stem writing and visual art. The decision of the judges is final; the judges may also elect not to give the award, or may split it into two $500 prizes. The prize money is paid directly to the winner. This is not a scholarship; it is a direct cash award. Previous winners of this prize are not eligible to win a second time, but they can enter and win first prizes in any or all categories.
  • First prize of $250 is offered in all categories. Based on the number of second, third and fourth prizes awarded, cash grants may be made of amounts smaller than $100, based on funds available and the number of awards granted.
  • There are eight categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Photography, Film, Music/Lyrics, Visual Arts, and STEM. Each entry may only be considered for one category.  This application is for the Visual Art category only.  Please submit artworks to this form below as directed.
  •  Previously published works of art are not eligible for entry, except works published in college or university publications. Original material submitted for course work is acceptable. Submit recent works to the competition, rather than works submitted in previous years. Entrants can submit only ten entries at a time on this form. You can submit more than once if you have additional entries for the same category or for different categories.
  • Entries should not be signed and should not bear information that could disclose the identity of the entrant.   

  • Works of art should be documented with care.  Two dimensional (2D) works should be well lit and squared to your camera.  Three dimensional (3D) works should be well lit and can be documented with multiple images if needed.  Try not to give the jury excessive detail images of your work.  One to two images of your artwork should be enough.
  • Works of art will be considered if submitted from undergraduate college students in good standing associated with SELEF at select colleges.
  • There is no minimum number of submissions required for an award to made in each category. However, regardless of the number of submissions made, the judges reserve the right not to make an award in any category if they deem that no submissions meet the standards to earn an award. All decisions made by the judges are final and are kept confidential.
  • Work of Visual Art in this category are defined broadly including but not limited to installation, drawing, painting, sculpture, glass, mixed media, and new media.  If you work in moving images or video, for this year we are asking that you apply to the Film category.  

2017 OFFICIAL RULES & INSTRUCTIONS 

  •  The 2017 SELEF Literary Competition is open to all undergraduate college students associated with SELEF at select schools. All entries must be received by Thursday, July 6, 2017.
  • A $1,000 GRAND PRIZE will be awarded to that single entry which shows the greatest level of overall excellence in one of the eight categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, film, music/lyrics, stem writing and visual art. The decision of the judges is final; the judges may also elect not to give the award, or may split it into two $500 prizes. The prize money is paid directly to the winner. This is not a scholarship; it is a direct cash award. Previous winners of this prize are not eligible to win a second time, but they can enter and win first prizes in any or all categories.
  • First prize of $250 is offered in all categories. Based on the number of second, third and fourth prizes awarded, cash grants may be made of amounts smaller than $100, based on funds available and the number of awards granted.
  • There are eight categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Photography, Film, Music/Lyrics, Visual Arts, and STEM. Each entry may only be considered for one category.  This application is for the STEM Writing Award Competition.  Please attach your manuscripts below as directed.
  •  Previously published manuscripts are not eligible for entry, except works published in college or university publications. Original written material submitted for course work is acceptable. Submit recent works to the competition, rather than works submitted in previous years. Entrants can submit only five entries at a time on this form. You can submit more than once if you have additional entries for the same category.
  • Entries should not be signed and should not bear information that could disclose the identity of the entrant. 

  • Manuscripts will be considered if submitted from undergraduate college students in good standing associated with SELEF at select colleges.
  • There is no minimum number of submissions required for an award to made in each category. However, regardless of the number of submissions made, the judges reserve the right not to make an award in any category if they deem that no submissions meet the standards to earn an award. All decisions made by the judges are final and are kept confidential.
  • Acceptable STEM submissions may include peer reviews, experimental papers, and expository papers. Please do not submit lab reports or mere abstracts. 

  •  Manuscripts of less than 1,500 words are strongly recommended; however, manuscripts of up to 5,000 words or 12 pages, whichever is shorter, will receive consideration. All STEM manuscripts should be accessible to the general well-educated, non-expert reader; none should require highly specialized or technical knowledge.

2017 OFFICIAL RULES & INSTRUCTIONS 

  •  The 2017 SELEF Literary Competition is open to all undergraduate college students associated with SELEF at select schools. All entries must be received by Thursday, July 6, 2017.
  • A $1,000 GRAND PRIZE will be awarded to that single entry which shows the greatest level of overall excellence in one of the eight categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, film, music/lyrics, stem writing and visual art. The decision of the judges is final; the judges may also elect not to give the award, or may split it into two $500 prizes. The prize money is paid directly to the winner. This is not a scholarship; it is a direct cash award. Previous winners of this prize are not eligible to win a second time, but they can enter and win first prizes in any or all categories.
  • First prize of $250 is offered in all categories. Based on the number of second, third and fourth prizes awarded, cash grants may be made of amounts smaller than $100, based on funds available and the number of awards granted.
  • There are eight categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Photography, Film, Music/Lyrics, Visual Arts, and STEM. Each entry may only be considered for one category. This application is for Fiction, Poetry and Non-Fiction.  Please choose your category below and attach your manuscripts as directed.
  •  Previously published manuscripts are not eligible for entry, except works published in college or university publications. Original written material submitted for course work is acceptable. Submit recent works to the competition, rather than works submitted in previous years. Entrants can submit only five entries at a time on this form. You can submit more than once if you have additional entries for the same category or for different categories.
  • Entries should not be signed and should not bear information that could disclose the identity of the entrant. 

  • Manuscripts will be considered if submitted from undergraduate college students in good standing associated with SELEF at select colleges.
  • There is no minimum number of submissions required for an award to made in each category. However, regardless of the number of submissions made, the judges reserve the right not to make an award in any category if they deem that no submissions meet the standards to earn an award. All decisions made by the judges are final and are kept confidential.

2017 OFFICIAL RULES & INSTRUCTIONS 

  •  The 2017 SELEF Literary Competition is open to all undergraduate college students associated with SELEF at select schools. All entries must be received by Thursday, July 6, 2017.
  • A $1,000 GRAND PRIZE will be awarded to that single entry which shows the greatest level of overall excellence in one of the eight categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, film, music/lyrics, stem writing and visual art. The decision of the judges is final; the judges may also elect not to give the award, or may split it into two $500 prizes. The prize money is paid directly to the winner. This is not a scholarship; it is a direct cash award. Previous winners of this prize are not eligible to win a second time, but they can enter and win first prizes in any or all categories.
  • First prize of $250 is offered in all categories. Based on the number of second, third and fourth prizes awarded, cash grants may be made of amounts smaller than $100, based on funds available and the number of awards granted.
  • There are eight categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Photography, Film, Music/Lyrics, Visual Arts, and STEM. Each entry may only be considered for one category. This application is for the Music and Lyrics Categories only.
  • Previously published submissions are not eligible for entry, except works published in college or university publications. Original material submitted for course work is acceptable. Submit recent works to the competition, rather than works submitted in previous years.  Entrants can submit only five entries at a time on this form. You can submit more than once if you have additional entries for the same category or for different categories.
  • Entries should not be signed and should not bear information that could disclose the identity of the entrant.   

  • Submissions will be considered if submitted from undergraduate college students in good standing associated with SELEF at select colleges.
  • There is no minimum number of submissions required for an award to made in each category. However, regardless of the number of submissions made, the judges reserve the right not to make an award in any category if they deem that no submissions meet the standards to earn an award. All decisions made by the judges are final and are kept confidential.

2017 OFFICIAL RULES & INSTRUCTIONS 

  •  The 2017 SELEF Literary Competition is open to all undergraduate college students associated with SELEF at select schools. All entries must be received by Thursday, July 6, 2017.
  • A $1,000 GRAND PRIZE will be awarded to that single entry which shows the greatest level of overall excellence in one of the eight categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, film, music/lyrics, stem writing and visual art. The decision of the judges is final; the judges may also elect not to give the award, or may split it into two $500 prizes. The prize money is paid directly to the winner. This is not a scholarship; it is a direct cash award. Previous winners of this prize are not eligible to win a second time, but they can enter and win first prizes in any or all categories.
  • First prize of $250 is offered in all categories. Based on the number of second, third and fourth prizes awarded, cash grants may be made of amounts smaller than $100, based on funds available and the number of awards granted.
  • There are eight categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Photography, Film, Music/Lyrics, Visual Arts, and STEM. Each entry may only be considered for one category. This application is for the Photography Category only.  Please submit your photographs as directed below on this form.
  •  Previously published photographs are not eligible for entry, except works published in college or university publications. Original material submitted for course work is acceptable. Submit recent works to the competition, rather than works submitted in previous years. Entrants can submit only ten entries at a time on this form. You can submit more than once if you have additional entries for the same category or for different categories.
  • Entries should not be signed and should not bear information that could disclose the identity of the entrant.   

  • Photographs will be considered if submitted from undergraduate college students in good standing associated with SELEF at select colleges.
  • There is no minimum number of submissions required for an award to made in each category. However, regardless of the number of submissions made, the judges reserve the right not to make an award in any category if they deem that no submissions meet the standards to earn an award. All decisions made by the judges are final and are kept confidential.

2017 OFFICIAL RULES & INSTRUCTIONS 

  • The 2017 SELEF Literary Competition is open to all undergraduate college students associated with SELEF at select schools. All entries must be received by Thursday, July 6, 2017.
  • A $1,000 GRAND PRIZE will be awarded to that single entry which shows the greatest level of overall excellence in one of the eight categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, film, music/lyrics, stem writing and visual art. The decision of the judges is final; the judges may also elect not to give the award, or may split it into two $500 prizes. The prize money is paid directly to the winner. This is not a scholarship; it is a direct cash award. Previous winners of this prize are not eligible to win a second time, but they can enter and win first prizes in any or all categories.
  • First prize of $250 is offered in all categories. Based on the number of second, third and fourth prizes awarded, cash grants may be made of amounts smaller than $100, based on funds available and the number of awards granted.
  • There are eight categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Photography, Film, Music/Lyrics, Visual Arts, and STEM. Each entry may only be considered for one category.  This application is for the Film Category only.  Please submit your film entries below on this form as directed.
  • Previously published manuscripts are not eligible for entry, except works published in college or university publications. Original written material submitted for course work is acceptable. Submit recent works to the competition, rather than works submitted in previous years. Entrants can submit only three entries at a time on this form. You can submit more than once if you have additional entries for the same category or for different categories.
  • Entries should not be signed and should not bear information that could disclose the identity of the entrant.   

  • Films will be considered if submitted from undergraduate college students in good standing associated with SELEF at select colleges.
  • There is no minimum number of submissions required for an award to made in each category. However, regardless of the number of submissions made, the judges reserve the right not to make an award in any category if they deem that no submissions meet the standards to earn an award. All decisions made by the judges are final and are kept confidential.
The Samuel Eells Literary and Educational Foundation, Inc. (SELEF) is a self-governing, charitable purpose corporation chartered by the State of New York in 1961. It accepts tax-deductible donations under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and makes grants for literary, educational and charitable purposes. The grants are intended to promote intellectual interest or achievement and are concentrated in qualified educational and literary programs associated predominantly with college and university students. The Foundation supports an Annual Literary Competition and provides funding for scholarships and leadership training, in addition to providing support for qualified individual projects.

Among other things, the Samuel Eells Literary and Educational Foundation, Inc. provides need-based scholarships and literary awards to deserving undergraduate students. It also has funded the construction, renovation and maintenance of educational facilities and equipment and supports literary recitals and other worthy, literary-related activities.

This Grant Application Form should be used for all grant requests. 

General Instructions

* Please type and single-space all proposals.
* Please answer all of the questions in the order listed.
* Please use headings as provided.
* Please submit only one copy.
* Please do not include any materials other than those specifically requested at this time.
* Submit your completed grant application using this form

If you have questions please contact SELEF.Eells@aol.com or Raymond.Thorman@GenSight.com.


Ends on July 10, 2017

Samuel Eells Literary and Educational Foundation

2017 SEWARD SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

Seward Scholarships are awarded annually on to Undergraduate college students at select schools on the basis of their academic achievement and contributions to the community. 

Scholarships are awarded only to full time students and must be used to meet direct educational expenses such as room, board, tuition, and books. Scholarships will range up to $1,000 and are awarded on a competitive basis.

The 2017 Seward Scholarship competition will be conducted in four stages.

1.     Submission of Seward Scholarship Application and Official Transcript

The Seward Scholarship Application should be prepared by the student. The applicant must have his college send an official transcript of grades to the Committee.  

No applicant will be considered for the scholarship unless the application and official transcript are both received by the deadline. 

The application deadline is July 10, 2017.

POSTAL MAIL / EMAIL for Transcript Submission:

Samuel Eells Literary and Educational Foundation                 seward.selef@gmail.com

Seward Scholarship Committee

c/o Craig Cheslog

3145 Plymouth Road

Lafayette CA 94549

2.     Solicitation of Evaluations

The Awards Committee may solicit evaluations of specific applicants by consulting members of the student’s community who are able to evaluate applicants’ contributions to their community. Any such evaluations will be obtained no later than July 21, 2017.

3.     Selection of Scholarship Recipients

The Committee will announce all scholarship recipients in August 2017 by positing the information to the SELEF web site and Seward Scholarship Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/selefsewards).

4.     Transmission of Scholarship Checks

Scholarship checks will be issued in December 2017/January 2018.