Scholarship Contest

About the Fall 2016 Scholarship Contest

As the nation's leading distributor of promotional products, HALO Branded Solutions seeks to support the next generation of marketing leaders and innovators through our college scholarship contest. We're looking for students who demonstrate creativity, a passion for marketing, and a commitment to excellence – the same principles that have guided HALO’s business for over six decades. Enter the HALO Branded Solutions Scholarship Contest for an opportunity to win up to $1,500 toward your undergraduate degree! Three prizes will be awarded: 1st place: $1,500, 2nd place: $1,000 and 3rd place: $500.

Congratulations to Fall 2016 Winners:

 1st Place: Noah Reeves

Texas A&M University

2nd Place: Katelynn Kolterman

Wichita State University

3rd Place: Natalie Davis

Elmhurst Community College

  • What You'll Need
  • Reffrence


    Letter of recommendation
  • 3.0 GPA

    3.5 GPA

    Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Scholarship Contest


    400-600 words

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must be enrolled in (or accepted to) a full-time undergraduate program at an accredited U.S. university.
  • Applicants must be legal U.S. residents aged 18 or older at the time of application.
  • Our scholarship contest is not open to anyone employed in, or whose immediate family is employed in, the promotional products industry in any capacity. This includes (but is not limited to) suppliers, distributors and organizations that primarily service the promotional products industry. (We encourage those families to explore
    PPEF’s scholarships.)


In a 400-600-word essay, write a response to one of the following essay prompts:

  1. Choose a brand, company or organization founded in the last 20 years and explain how an effective marketing strategy succeeded or how an ineffective marketing strategy failed.
  2. Give an example of a rebranding strategy done well. Why was the change necessary, what steps did the brand take to implement the change and what was the result?
  3. How can a consumer brand break through the clutter during the crowded winter holiday season? What marketing tactics would you suggest to a brand trying to make a big impression this holiday season and why?
  • Submit your essay, transcript, and letter of recommendation via the form below. If you have any questions, please contact
  • Late applications will not be considered.
  • Applications with persistent spelling or grammatical errors will not be considered.
  • No substitutions, new drafts, or corrected pages will be accepted once you have submitted your original application.
  • Please name and save your files in the following format:
    1. LastName_FirstName_Essay.pdf
    2. LastName_FirstName _LetterRec.pdf
    3. LastName_FirstName _Transcript.pdf

Deadline: November 28, 2016 Deadline extended to December 9, 2016

By applying for this scholarship you are agreeing to the scholarship contest rules, terms, and conditions.


Selection criteria

  1. Answer to 100-word marketing question (described above), official transcript, and letter of recommendation must be submitted with your essay for consideration in this contest.
  2. Essay grading scale
    1. A.Relevance to & knowledge of topic (35 points)
    2. B.Originality/creativity (35 points)
    3. C.Quality of writing (15 points)
    4. D.Works cited and in-text citations (15 points)

Congratulations to Our Past Scholarship Contest Winner

Spring 2016: Anna Grace G., University of Georgia

Click the photo to read Anna's winning essay.