The Jed Foundation (JED) 2022 Student Voice of Mental Health Awards – Contest Rules

1.  Nomination Submission Guidelines

a. The Jed Foundation (“JED”) invites students to apply to the JED 2022 Student Voice of Mental Health Awards (the “Contest”). The Awards honor one undergraduate college student and one high school student doing outstanding work to raise awareness of mental health issues and create a community where mental health is valued and part of the conversation.

The undergraduate Contest is open to currently enrolled undergraduate students who are nominated (by themselves or someone else).

The high school Contest is open to currently enrolled high school students in grades 9 through 12 who are nominated (by themselves or someone else).

Someone who has been accepted to a college/university/specialty institute for the coming school year but is still currently in high school is eligible for the high school Contest.

b. All nominations must be received by February 18, 2022.

c. There is no entry fee to apply. Void where prohibited.

d. JED will select JED personnel to serve as volunteer judges to review the nominations.

2.  Application Submission Guidelines

a. The judges will invite between 10 and 20 nominees to submit an application. The selected nominees will be notified on or around March 31, 2022 and will receive information about how to submit an application.

b. The invited nominees must submit the application by 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

c. A parent or legal guardian of applicants younger than 18 (a “minor”) will be notified that the applicant has entered the Contest. Minors who do not want their parent or legal guardian contacted with respect to this Contest should not apply.

3.  Selection of Winner

a. Applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed by the judges selected by JED. The judges, in their sole discretion, will select a winner.

b. In administering the Contest, neither JED nor any of the judges will discriminate in any manner, including on the basis of race, color, nationality, ethnic orientation, sex, gender, sexual orientation or preference, disability, or any other protected class. 

c. The winner will be notified in mid-May. If the winner is a minor, the applicant’s parent or legal guardian will be notified as well. 

4.  Prize

a. The winner of each Contest will receive $3,000, a trip to New York City to receive the award at JED’s annual gala (if the gala is held in person), and recognition on JED’s website, social media platforms, publications, and other JED media (collectively, the “Prize”). Winning the Contest and receiving the Prize is contingent upon compliance with these Contest Rules and signing the required releases and waivers by the winner (or the winner’s parent or legal guardian if the winner is a minor) within the time frame established by JED.

b. If JED’s annual gala is held in person on June 7, 2022 in New York City, the winner is required to attend and speak at the event. If the winner is a minor, a parent or legal guardian must accompany the winner to New York City and the gala. If the winner is unable to attend and speak at the gala, the winner will forfeit the Prize, including the $3,000. Nominees who cannot be in New York City on June 7, 2022 should not apply.

c. If the in-person gala is canceled for any reason or is held virtually, JED reserves the right to cancel the trip to New York City as part of the Prize.

d. The winner will receive $3,000 within seven (7) days after the gala. In order to receive the Prize, the winner (or the winner’s parent or legal guardian if the winner is a minor) must provide any information required by law or regulation, including IRS regulations. If the winner does not attend the gala, JED reserves the right to disqualify the winner, in which case the winner will forfeit the Prize, and a new winner will be selected.

5.  Use of Contest Information

a. By entering the Contest, applicants grant JED an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, and royalty-free right, unless prohibited by law, to use, reproduce, modify, publish, and create derivative works from and/or display the applicants’ and winner’s respective application materials, names, city, state, school, image, picture, likeness, voice, speech, and remarks (including without limitation recordings, videos, and/or photographs of the winner at the gala) (collectively, the “Contest IP”) without compensation and without any requirement of notification or permission for the express purpose of publicity, marketing, storytelling, editorial content, promotion, awareness, broadcasting, or any other purpose within JED’s mission in any and all media or technology, known now or later come into being. The parent or legal guardian of a minor applicant must agree to these terms for the minor to be eligible for the Prize. All Contest IP shall be owned by JED.

6. Legal Notices

a. If, for any reason, it is not possible to run the Contest as planned, JED reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest.

b. All applicants (and minor applicants’ parent or legal guardian), are solely responsible for understanding and complying with any federal, state, and local laws, regulations, code, rules, or ordinances—including any tax consequences or obligations—that may apply to them with respect to the Contest, and, in the case of the winner, the Prize. It is the responsibility of the winner or the winner’s parent or legal guardian to determine the tax consequences of the Prize and to comply with relevant IRS rules and regulations. 

c. By applying to the Contest and/or accepting the Prize, each applicant and winner (or in the case of a minor, the applicant’s/winner’s parent or legal guardian) agrees to release and hold harmless JED and its officers, directors, employees, consultants, affiliates, and agents from and against any liability, claim, or cause of action, including but not limited to, personal injury, death, damage or loss of property, or identity theft relating to the Contest and Prize (including the trip to New York City). Released Parties are not responsible for any unauthorized use of the Contest IP.

d. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Contest rules, or the rights and obligations of the applicant in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of New York without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than New York. Any legal proceedings arising out of this Contest or relating to these Contest rules shall be instituted only in the federal courts located in the Southern District of New York, and the parties consent to jurisdiction therein with respect to any legal proceedings or disputes of whatever nature arising under or relating to these Contest rules. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Contest rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Contest rules shall otherwise remain in effect and be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained in these Contest rules.