Ok, so you didn’t win the big Power Ball prize. If you attend a CIAA school, you might still pick up some scholarship cash by entering the annual Food Lion Essay Contest.

Each year as the big Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) basketball tournament approaches, Food Lion sponsors an essay contest for students who attend any of the 12 CIAA-affiliated schools (Bowie State University, Chowan University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Livingstone College, Saint Augustine’s University, Shaw University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University and Winston-Salem State University).

Coca-Cola Zero is co-sponsoring this year’s contest.

Together, the two companies will award more than $35,000 in scholarship grants to CIAA students.

To enter, students must submit a 500- to 700-word essay answering the question: “How is safety on campus impacting your CIAA school and what changes would you like to see happen?”

The contest runs through Jan. 23. Four “grand prize winners” will get $5,000 scholarships. They’ll also get two tickets to the tournament, two nights of hotel accommodations and $500 in travel expenses. In addition, 15 “first place winners” will get $1,000 scholarships.

For more information about the contest, visit http://www.ciaatournament.org/get-social/ciaa-essay-contest.

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