Here at Top Villas, we believe travel is a force for good. And we’re committed to helping more people start their careers in this amazing industry. To support students with a passion for travel we’re offering two separate scholarships – one in the USA ($1000) and one in the UK (£1000). These scholarships are open to all US- and UK-resident students enrolled in full-time education at university or college. Before applying, please read the full terms below.
To help students with their studies and/or living expenses, Top Villas is giving one US-based student and one UK-based student the chance to win a scholarship of $1,000 (or £1000 for the UK winner). The scholarship is open to legal residents of the United States, as well as legal residents of the United Kingdom. Participants must be aged 18 or older at the time of entry. As a participant in our scholarship content, you agree to comply with and be bound by these terms and the decisions of the Top Villas judges, which are binding and final.
Top Villas will be responsible for collecting and judging entries. Top Villas will also take care of the overall administration of the contest. No purchase is necessary to enter the contest and purchasing a stay or other services from Top Villas will not improve entrants’ chances of winning. Questions, complaints or comments about the contest should be directed to Top Villas. Top Villas employees are not eligible to enter or win, nor are Top Villas affiliates, partners and travel agents. Immediate family members of Top Villas employees (including parents, children, siblings, spouses and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and those living in the same household, whether or not related, are not eligible to win.
The scholarship contest begins on October 1, 2019 and ends on December 16, 2019 at 11:59pm GMT. Entrants can enter the contest by filling in the form on this page, complete with an essay about ‘the future of vacation rentals’ totaling 1,000 words or fewer. Top Villas must receive your entry by December 16, 2019 at 11:59pm GMT. When submitting an entry, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. You must not use multiple email accounts to participate in the contest. Anyone found to use multiple accounts to enter will be ineligible to win. If an entrant submits (or attempts to submit) more than one entry by using the same, multiple or different names or email addresses, such entries may be deemed void and entrants may be disqualified. The winning entries will be selected by Top Villas based on their content, style, creativity and persuasiveness. Top Villas will select the winning essay and announce it on thetopvillas.com on or before December 23, 2019. The winner will be chosen at Top Villas sole discretion and the results are final.
Contest entrants acknowledge that by submitting an entry to Top Villas, the entrant waives any and all rights in and to any material submitted in connection with the contest (including all moral and other rights of authorship). Entrants also acknowledge and agree that such materials become property of Top Villas and will not be returned. Contest entrants grant, transfer and convey to Top Villas the absolute right to edit, modify, publish, exploit and use submissions, including actions, likeness, name, appearance, biographical material, written works, and all other information or materials that entrants have provided or may provide in connection with this contest. They also grant the right to secure copyright registrations thereto in perpetuity, including, without limitation, the right to use the entry, in whole or in part, for any and all purposes and in any media, now known or hereafter devised, and in any manner, without further approval, permission or consideration, throughout the universe in perpetuity. Top Villas is under no obligation to use any entry it receives.
Entrants accept that entries must be the entrant’s own original work and must not contain work not created by Entrant. They must not be disparaging to Top Villas and they must be in keeping with Top Villas’ image (as Top Villas determines in its sole discretion). Entries must not be inappropriate, offensive, libelous or defamatory, pornographic, sexually explicit, contain nudity, unlawful or plagiarized. Entries must not be harassing, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, profane, obscene, excessively violent, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable or offensive in any way. They may not violate or encourage others to violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation, and may not defame or invade publicity rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any person’s personal or property right or any other third party right, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement. Entries may not contain commercial or corporate advertising, including display of corporate logos, brand names and slogans, other than those relating to Top Villas which the entrant has a limited license to use to incorporate in his/her entry.
Before submitting their entries, entrants must ensure they have permission from all individuals that are referenced in the entry to use their name in the entry and to grant the rights set forth herein. If requested, entrants must be able to provide such permissions in a form acceptable to Top Villas. Top Villas has the right to disqualify an entry for any reason. Top Villas will choose one essay as the winner from the US and one essay as the winner from the UK. Top Villas will give the entrant with the winning essay from the US a one-time $1,000 prize to put toward college or university housing, either on or off campus. Top Villas will also give the entrant with the winning essay from the UK a one-time £1,000 prize to put toward college or university housing, either on or off campus. The funds will be sent to the winners by December 30, 2019. Taxes on the prize, if applicable, are solely the responsibility of the entrant receiving the prize. We recommend that you consult with your tax advisor if you have further questions. Top Villas reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in its sole discretion, unless such substitution is prohibited by law. Top Villas may disqualify a winner and select an alternate winner if the prize is returned undeliverable. The prize is non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for a different prize.
Top Villas will notify the winning entrant via email. The potential winning entrant must respond to Top Villas’ prize notification email within 72 hours or the prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen and notified. Acceptance of the prize shall constitute and signify the winner’s agreement and consent that Top Villas and its designees may use the winner’s name, city, state, entry, photo, school and prize information in connection with the contest for promotional, advertising or other purposes, worldwide, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, without limitation and without further payment, notification, permission or other consideration, except where prohibited by law. All taxes and expenses, including without limitation, sales tax, luxury tax and any other costs incurred in claiming or using the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner as well as all costs incurred in entering into the contest or using or enjoying the prize, such as any administrative costs, insurances and spending money are (unless specifically stated otherwise). No substitutions or cash equivalent of the prize will be permitted.
Top Villas and its partners, officers, directors, shareholders, employees, and agents are not responsible for: any incorrect or inaccurate entry information; human errors; technical malfunctions; proof of uploading information or data or entering information on the Top Villas website is not admissible as proof of receipt. Illegible, duplicate and incomplete entries will be disqualified. False, fraudulent, or deceptive entries or acts shall render entrants ineligible and all associated entries will be void. In the event of a dispute as to any entry, the authorized account holder of the email address used to register will be deemed to be the entrant and must comply with these terms.
Each entrant shall indemnify and defend Top Villas and its officers, directors, employees, and agents of all of the foregoing and the successors and assigns of each of them, from and against actions, claims, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses, including reasonable counsel fees related to (i) the entrant’s use of the prize, (ii) Top Villas use of any of the materials submitted by the entrant in connection with this contest or (iii) any intentional misconduct or negligence by entrant in connection with this contest. As a condition of participating in the contest, entrants release Top Villas and its parent, subsidiaries, agencies, divisions and affiliates from liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever including property damage, personal injury and death that may occur in connection with, preparation for, travel to, or participation in the contest, or possession, acceptance or use of the prize or participation in any contest-related activities and claims based on publicity rights, copyright or trademark infringement, defamation or invasion of privacy and merchandise delivery.
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.