2019 Scholarship Opportunity:
Write a Winning Essay about Privacy

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New opportunity for students competing in the National LifeSmarts Championship: 
Write a winning essay on privacy and win a $2,000 scholarship 

LifeSmarts partners with Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) to help students and educators understand their online footprint, how to guard their privacy, what data is being shared through their devices and social media accounts, and what to do when faced with identity theft or data breaches.

What exactly is privacy?
Privacy means different things to different people. Most consumers have an expectation that they are in control of what they share about themselves – and with whom they share it – both in the real world and online; however, many are sharing more than they think and without fully understanding the consequences.

Step One: Take quizzes on the ID Theft Help app
ITRC’s free app, ID Theft Help, provides information about identity theft, and lets consumers connect with one of ITRC’s victim advisors who can walk them through their specific ID theft situation. Students will use the app to take two quizzes: the Identity Theft Quiz and the Privacy Quiz.

1. Students will download the free ID Theft Help app from the Google Play Store or Apple App store. https://www.idtheftcenter.org/itrcapp/.

2. Students will take the Identity Theft Quiz and the Privacy Quiz. Students must take screenshots of both scores.

3. Students must submit both screenshots to LifeSmarts by March 19, 2019

Step Two: Write an essay about privacy
Write an essay of no more than 500 words that answers this question:
What does privacy mean to you, and what steps do you take to protect your privacy?
The student writing the winning essay will win a $2,000 post-secondary scholarship from ITRC and sponsor, CyberScout. Five additional students will win Honorable Mentions and receive $100 gift cards.
LifeSmarts National Championship Information

Judging Rubric
An independent panel of judges will evaluate essays using the following criteria:

  • inclusion of personal experiences and/or examples, especially those that changed a student’s views about privacy, or made the student take steps to secure their privacy (15 points)
  • readability and clarity (5 points)
  • spelling and grammar (5 points)

Timeline
Submit essays and screenshots of both quiz scores between March 1-19, 2019, at LifeSmarts.org. (More information will be shared with coaches in the weekly Orlando updates.)
The winning student and honorable mentions will be announced in Orlando. The winning student will be asked to read their essay during the lunch on Sunday, April 14, 2019

For questions, contact your LifeSmarts Coach or visit https://lifesmarts.org/

Congratulations to 2017 Privacy Essay Winner, Girl Scout Esha!

After attending a Hands-On Privacy Workshop and earning her Mobile Privacy patch, she won the second annual Identity Theft Resource Center and CyberScout essay scholarship competition. San Diego Girl Scout, Esha was awarded the $2,500 scholarship at the PrivacyXChange forum in Las Vegas, where she spoke on stage about her winning essay and future goals to more than 200 industry experts.

“I learned that there are thousands of jobs open in cybersecurity, and there is a shortage of women in this field. I now know that it is our responsibility to keep our digital selves as healthy as our physical selves.” – Esha Walia, Girl Scout Privacy Essay Competition Winner 2017

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