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The Advancing Women in STEM Scholarship is open to women who are 18 years of age or older, legal residents of one of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, and who complete the scholarship application online at www.zenefits.com/scholarship/. Applicants must be enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2015) in a college or university within the United States, and be pursuing a degree related to science, technology, engineering, or math. Current employees, officers, directors and agents of Zenefits and its related companies and members of their immediate families (defined as spouses, parents, siblings and children) and persons residing at the same address are not eligible to win. Void where prohibited.
To enter, beginning September 17, 2015, Applicants must submit a complete scholarship application online at www.zenefits.com/scholarship/ no later than December 31, 2015 at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time. Limit one (1) application per person. Application must include a short, original, previously unpublished written response to the scholarship topic. Written response must be in English, and it must be 500 words or fewer. No substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages will be accepted once the original application has been submitted. Responses that are obscene, pornographic, libelous or otherwise objectionable will be disqualified. All applications become the property of Zenefits and will not be returned. Zenefits assumes no responsibility for lost, late, misdirected, or unintelligible entries. By submitting an application, Applicants fully and unconditionally accept and agree to these Official Rules and the decisions of Zenefits, which are final and binding.
Zenefits is looking for eligible Applicants who follow directions and submit applications that are complete, well-written and clearly and creatively address the scholarship theme. In January 2016, a panel of judges from Zenefits will evaluate applications based on the following criteria: 1) essay originality and overall excellence (50%), and 2) the applicant’s demonstrated financial need (50%). Zenefits will select one of the submitted applications as the potential prize winning application. The potential winner will be notified by via email, at which time they will be required to sign and provide further documentation as explained below. Zenefits shall have no liability for any potential winner notification that is lost, intercepted or not received by the potential winner for any reason. Zenefits reserves the right to choose less than one scholarship prize recipient if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified applications. Portions of the prize winning applications may be posted on the Zenefits’ website(s), or used in other marketing materials, without further compensation or notice to the winner.
Winner will receive a scholarship prize in the amount of six thousands dollars ($6,000 USD) which must be spent on tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for the students' classes at their primary university. Scholarship recipient must be enrolled as a full time students for the 2015-2016 academic year. Enrollment will be verified after the winner is selected, and all scholarship payments will be made directly to the student to be used towards tuition and education-related expenses. Zenefits will withhold the award from any scholar who no longer meets the eligibility requirements and revoke the award for any scholar who does not maintain the eligibility requirements. Scholarship prize may not be assigned, transferred, or changed, except at the sole discretion of Zenefits.
Applicants understand that Zenefits is not liable for injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising from participation in this Scholarship Program and acceptance, possession and use of scholarship prize. Zenefits is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Scholarship Program or in the announcement of the scholarship prize.
Except where prohibited, by accepting a scholarship prize, the scholarship Prize Recipient agrees that Zenefits may, without any limitation or further compensation or notice, use his or her name, voice and/or likeness in any and all media, worldwide, for the purpose of advertising and promoting the website, Zenefits, the Scholarship Program, or any other promotion, contest or sweepstakes offered by Zenefits.
By submitting an Application, Applicant acknowledges and agrees that: (a) Zenefits will own the application, including the written response submission, and (b) as between Applicant and Zenefits, Zenefits will own all publishing rights in and to the Application and the written response submission. Each Applicant hereby irrevocably grants, transfers, sells, assigns and conveys to Zenefits, its successors and assigns, all present and future right, title and interest of every kind and nature whatsoever, including, without limitation, all copyrights, and all rights incidental, subsidiary, ancillary or allied thereto (including, without limitation, all derivative rights) in and to the Application and the written response submission(s) for exploitation throughout the universe, in perpetuity, by means of any and all media and devices whether now known or hereafter devised (the "Rights"). Zenefits shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to edit, composite, morph, scan, duplicate, or alter, the Application and written response submission(s) for any purpose which Zenefits deems necessary or desirable, and each Applicant irrevocably waives any and all so-called moral rights she may have in the Application and written response submission(s) submitted by him or her. Each Applicant hereby acknowledges that such Applicant does not reserve any rights in and to the Application and the written response submissions.
Except where prohibited, by participating, Applicant agrees that all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of participants and Zenefits and their agents shall be governed by and construed exclusively in accordance with the laws of the state of California without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law of any jurisdiction. Applicant agrees that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to this Scholarship Program, or awarding of the prizes, shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in the state of California, and Applicant hereby consents and submits to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action. Except where prohibited, by participating in this Scholarship Program, Applicant agrees that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Scholarship Program, or awarding of the Scholarship Prizes, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with participating in this Scholarship Program but in no event attorneys' fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any participant be permitted to obtain awards for and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. Some jurisdictions do not allow the limitations or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the above may not apply to all Applicants.
Each person who enters this Scholarship Program represents and warrants to Zenefits as follows: (i) the Application, including the written response submission, is the Applicant's own original, previously unpublished, and previously unproduced work; (ii) the written response submission is wholly original with Applicant and as of the date of submission, is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation or claim; (iii) the written response submission neither infringes upon nor violates the intellectual property rights or other rights of any other person or entity; (iv) the written response submission does not and will not violate any applicable laws, and meets the Submission Requirements set forth above. Each Applicant hereby agrees to indemnify and hold Zenefits harmless from and against any and all third party claims, actions or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs and expenses relating to or arising out of any breach or alleged breach of any of the warranties, representations or agreements of Applicant hereunder.
Except where prohibited, the potential Scholarship Prize recipient will be required to complete and return a Publicity/Liability Release, and/or Copyright Assignment, and/or additional release documents within ten (10) days of notification. If the potential Scholarship Prize recipient does not complete and return the required forms by the due date, the Application with the next highest Application score will become the potential Scholarship Prize Recipient. If notification to a potential Scholarship Prize Recipient is returned as undeliverable or unreachable, the Applicant whose Application has the next highest score may become the alternate potential Scholarship Prize Recipient.
Zenefits shall have no obligation (express or implied) to use any winning Application, or to otherwise exploit a winning Application or continue the development, production, distribution or exploitation thereof, and Zenefits may at any time abandon the use of the winning Application for any reason, with or without legal justification or excuse, and the Scholarship Prize recipient shall not be entitled to any damages or other relief by reason thereof.
By entering the Scholarship Program, each Applicant acknowledges and agrees that the Zenefits, its related companies, affiliates, and each such company's respective employees, officers, directors and agents are not responsible for any costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising from or in connection with: (i) incomplete, lost, late, misdirected or illegible entries or for failure to receive Applications due to any cause, including without limitation human, transmission, or technical problems, failures, or malfunctions of any kind, whether originating with sender, or otherwise, that may limit an Applicant's ability to participate in the Scholarship Program; or (ii) any injury or damage resulting, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from participation in the Scholarship Program and/or the use of any prize, including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, or any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages related to or based on the Applicant's rights of publicity or privacy, or the Applicant's claim that he or she has somehow been defamed or portrayed in a false light. Zenefits assumes no responsibility for any damage to an Applicant's computer system which is occasioned by accessing the Website or participating in the Scholarship Program, or for any computer system, phone line, hardware, software or program malfunctions, or other errors, failures, delayed computer transmissions or network connections that are human or technical in nature, or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to capture any information. This Scholarship Program is subject to all U.S. federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.
In the event Zenefits is prevented from continuing with the Scholarship Program by any event beyond its reasonable control, then Zenefits shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to modify, suspend, or terminate the Scholarship Program.
Zenefits reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who is found to be tampering with the application process or the operation of the Scholarship Program or the Website, to be acting in violation of these Official Rules, to be submitting responses dishonestly or inaccurately, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of any entrant, the authorized account holder of the email address used to enter will be deemed to be the entrant. The "authorized account holder" is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. If an Application is confirmed by Zenefits to have been erroneously deleted, lost or destroyed, the entrant's sole remedy shall be another Application, if time permits. Zenefits' failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that or of any other provision.
The name of the Scholarship Prize recipient of this Scholarship Program will be posted at www.zenefits.com/scholarship/ on or around January 15, 2016.
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