Helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities has been UCT’s number one community service project for over 60 years. In that spirit, in 2013 we awarded $10,000 to a program for students with intellectual disabilities at Galax Elementary School in Galax, Virginia, through our UCT Gives Back video contest. The following year we gave $10,000 to a similar program at Eldon High School in Eldon, Missouri, and $5,000 to St. Raphael Catholic Elementary School in Sudbury, Ontario.
Finally, following up on these successes, we’ll soon be calling for entries from schools, colleges, and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada with programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities for our 2017 UCT Gives Back AGAIN contest! AGAIN, we’ll be giving away two prizes – a $10,000 first place award and a $5,000 second place award.
AGAIN, the contest will open to schools with programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities as well as colleges and universities with classes to train special education teachers that could use some financial help to keep their programs or classes relevant and effective.
AGAIN, the UCT Gives Back AGAIN contest will be easy to enter:
- Create a short video up to 2 ½ minutes long about the school’s program
- The video doesn’t need to be professionally filmed – use a video camera or phone and keep it simple
- Explain how the $10,000 would help the school’s program
- Submit the school’s video Feb. 15-March 27, 2017, for a chance to win $10,000 or $5,000
Video finalists will be posted on UCT’s Facebook page March 27-April 21, 2017, for followers to vote on the winners. The winning schools will be announced and awarded the $10,000, and $5,000 cash prizes in May 2017.
UCT Gives Back AGAIN is one more way UCT makes a difference in the lives of individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. If you know of schools, colleges or universities in your area that might be eligible, please let them know about the contest! More details and materials will be coming soon!