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Family Pillar Award

OMSA and Parent & Family Relations Writing Contest

The Family Pillar Award is given in honor of the significant contributions, sacrifices and support that family members make in the lives of University of Rochester seniors supported by OMSA. OMSA and Parent & Family Relations invite students to submit a writing entry about a family member who has had a significant influence on their lives here at Rochester and beyond. Entries are judged by a committee of faculty and staff.

The Family Writing Contest, sponsored and presented by Parent & Family Relations provides OMSA supported graduating seniors with an opportunity to recognize parents, grandparents or other family members whose love, support and guidance have had a significant influence on his/her achievements and success, both academically and personally.

About the Contest

Author Gail Lumet Buckley wrote, “Family faces are like magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.” Using this quote as a guide, please explain how your parent, grandparent, or other family member has positively influenced your past and present. Share how this influence has contributed to your personal growth and academic success at the University of Rochester and how you plan to use this influence as you look toward your future. The family member referenced in your entry will be nominated to receive this year’s Family Pillar Award.

To enter, you must be an OMSA supported graduating senior. Entries must be 500-750 words in length for essay or other writing submissions and a minimum of one page for poetry submissions.

Entries will be judged and the award recipient selected using the following criteria:

Deadline and Submission Details

Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Note: The deadline for submissions was Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

Recognition and Prizes

A selection committee will review all writing submissions. All nominees will receive a congratulatory letter and a copy of the submission. Recognition of the winning submission and the award recipient(s) will occur during the OMSA 44th Annual Senior Dinner on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

The student who writes the winning submission will be presented with a UR gift basket and the winner(s) of the Family Pillar Award will be presented with a plaque. The winning student will also be highlighted in the OMSA Chronicle.

Past Winners: