Community Leaders of Tomorrow Award

About the Award

XTO Energy, an ExxonMobil subsidiary, is sponsoring the Community Leaders of Tomorrow Award in select high schools within the company’s operational footprint in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania during the spring 2019 school year. The video competition challenges high school students to nominate local charity organizations that are making a difference in their communities. XTO will donate a grant to the nonprofit in the winning students’ names. Winners also will win a cash scholarship and iPad. The award program mirrors XTO’s mission to give back and invest in the communities where it operates.

About the Award

XTO Energy, an ExxonMobil subsidiary, is sponsoring the Community Leaders of Tomorrow Award among select high schools within the company’s operational footprint in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania during the spring 2020 school year. The video competition challenges high school students to nominate local charity organizations that are making a difference in their communities. XTO will donate a grant to the nonprofit in the winning students’ names. Student winners will receive a cash scholarship. The award program mirrors XTO’s mission to give back and invest in the communities where it operates.

Prizes:

Armstrong County, Pa.

Freeport Area High School

 

Butler Counties, Pa.

Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School

Butler Senior High School

 

Belmont County, Ohio

Bellaire High School

Belmont Harrison Vocational School District

Shadyside High School

*Children of XTO personnel or XTO contractors are not eligible.

Top prizes will be divided among students in participating Ohio and Pennsylvania schools.


The first-place winner in each state will receive a $500 cash scholarship. The charity they nominate will receive a $1,000 grant in the student’s name, paid for by XTO.


The second-place winner in each state will receive a $250 cash scholarship, with their charity receiving a $500 grant in the student’s name, paid for by XTO.


The third-place winner in each state will receive a $100 cash scholarship. Their charity will receive a $250 grant in the student’s name, paid for by XTO.

Timeline: Submissions were due March 31, 2020.

 

Competition Rules

The Video: 

 

Participating students must produce a video that clearly explains and articulates what one selected charity or nonprofit is doing to improve the community, and why that charity or nonprofit is so important to them.

 

The video can be no more than 1:00 (one minute) in length.

 

In the video, students must clearly identify themselves by name and note their grade and the school they attend.

 

Students must identify the one charity or nonprofit that they would like to support if they are among the top winners, if that charity or nonprofit is different from what is spotlighted in the video.

 

Any organization receiving a grant must be a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit with a physical address within the county where the student’s high school is located.

 

The video must be produced individually; team videos are not permitted. However, interviews with other individuals who want to talk about and/or validate the work that the charity or nonprofit has done in the community are permissible.

 

No professional assistance is allowed. Adults may assist with production but are limited to verbal guidance only. Adults are allowed to be actors or cameramen but not content contributors.

 

No copyrighted materials (music, images, etc.) may be used for this contest unless you own the copyright or have a license to use the material for this contest. Written permission must be obtained and provided upon request for all copyrighted materials.

 

 

The Application: 

 

Each submission must include the student’s name, grade and school, as well as home address, preferred phone number(s) and select email address (personal or familial).

 

Each submission also must include the name, address, phone number and website address, if applicable, of the selected charity.

 

Each submission must include a signed release form from the student and a parent or guardian, permitting XTO Energy the rights to publish and publicize their entry. Any individual(s) who is/are depicted in the video must sign a separate photograph consent form.

 

Student Release Form

Participant Photo Consent Form

 

What happens to videos after they are submitted? 

 

All of the videos will be displayed after the competition on this website with the winning entries highlighted.

 

Winning videos may be shared on XTO Energy’s social media pages.

 

 

Judges:

 

The submissions will be judged by three independent, non-partisan volunteers in each of the counties. To ensure confidentiality, the names of the judges will be revealed at the conclusion of the contest and posted on this website.

 

The submissions will be judged according to the three basic principles:

 

  1. Video clearly showcases the work that the charity or nonprofit is doing to improve the local community.

  2. Student clearly articulates why that charity or nonprofit was chosen, and why it is so important to him or her.

  3. Video meets all qualifying criteria listed under “Competition Rules” and is submitted before the deadline.

 

How to Submit a Video

VIEW THE RESULTS OF THE 2020 CONTEST HERE.

VIEW THE RESULTS OF THE 2019 CONTEST HERE.

All videos and photo release forms must be submitted via an electronic submission form. Two separate release forms are required --- the first signed by the student submitting the video, and the second signed by any individual(s) who is/are depicted in the video. Please note that every person depicted in the video must sign a separate photograph consent form. Access the forms below:

Submissions were due March 31, 2020.

 

Participating students will receive a confirmation email once the submission is received.

 

© XTO Energy 2020