Official Contest Rules

Here’s how to enter the contest:

  • Read our Rules & Regulations. You must agree to the rules and regulations to participate. If under 18, you must have your parent or guardians read it and agree to it as well.
  • Create your video!
    1. Size: Video entries must be 3 minutes or less, and no more than 2GB.
    2. Format:Videos from digital cameras, camcorders, and phones are all acceptable if they’re in .wmv, avi, .mov, or .mpg format. Please avoid filming any copyrighted material such as music, logos, etc
  • Create a YouTube account if you don’t already have one. You can use a parent’s account if you are under 18, or create your own account with your own email address. Make sure you get your parent’s permission before setting up your account.
  • Upload your video to YouTube.
  • Submit an Official Entry Form.
  • Tell all your friends to check out your video, vote, and enter the contest and their own videos!


The DLA Architects THINK [about architecture] Scholarship (“Contest”) begins on 1/1/21 at 9:00 A.M. and ends on 4/12/21 (“Contest Period”). All times in the Contest refer to Central Standard Time. Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.

Specific Contest dates will run as follows:

Video Submission Period1/1/214/12/21
Public Voting Period1/1/214/14/21
Judging Period4/15/215/1/21
School Level Winners Announced5/1/215/31/21
Note: School Level Winners to be announced at each school’s recognition ceremony.
State Level Winners Announced5/1/217/1/21
Note: State Level Winners to be announced no later than 7/1/21

Note: all dates are 2021

1. ELIGIBILITY: In order to be eligible to participate in this contest:

Contestant must be a graduating senior from one of the following Illinois schools:

  • Argo Community High School (School District 217)
  • Bartlett High School (School District U-46)
  • Community High School (School District 94)
  • Dwight Eisenhower High School (School District 218)
  • East Aurora High School (School District 131)
  • Elgin Academy
  • Elgin High School (School District U-46)
  • Elmwood Park High School (School District 401)
  • Farmington Central High School (School District 265)
  • Harlem High School (School District 122)
  • Homewood Flossmoor Community High School (School District 233)
  • Hononegah Community High School (School District 207)
  • Kankakee High School (School District 111)
  • Lake Zurich High School (School District 95)
  • Larkin High School (School District U-46)
  • Lemont High School (School District 210)
  • Lincoln-Way Central High School (School District 210)
  • Lincoln-Way East High School (School District 210)
  • Lincoln-Way West High School (School District 210)
  • Lockport Twp. High School (School District 205)
  • Lyons Twp. High School (School District 204)
  • Mendota High School (School District 280)
  • Newark High School (School District 18)
  • Oak Lawn Community High School (School District 229)
  • Richards High School (School District 218)
  • Ridgewood High School (School District 234)
  • Riverside Brookfield High School (School District 208)
  • Shepard High School (School District 218)
  • South Elgin High School (School District U-46)
  • Stillman Valley High School (Meridian School District 223)
  • Streamwood High School (School District U-46)
  • Warren Township High School (School District 121)

Contestants must be attending a college or university in Fall 2022.

Contestants must have a valid user account with YouTube (see Rule 2 below).

2. TO ENTER: If eligible, one may enter the contest by:

  • Creating a 3 minute (or less) video response to the challenge, “THINK (about architecture) and focus on what a newly remodeled space in your school makes possible and/or how it is used”. This response must focus on one of the spaces assigned to Contestant’s specific school.
  • Refer to Rules 3-4 below for more details regarding the requirements for your video. To enter your video in the Contest, log onto the YouTube website and complete the following process between 1/1/22 and  4/11/22 (“Contest Entry Period”).

You must complete each of the following steps:

  • Upload your Video Submission – Once registered with YouTube, create and upload your video on YouTube.
    • Save your Submission in the original format after uploading it to the YouTube Channel. If you are a winner, you will need to provide Sponsor with your Submission in its original format in order for the Submission to be valid.
  • Submit an Official Entry Form – When you have successfully uploaded your video on YouTube visit to complete the Official Entry Form. Once your completed application form is received your video will be screened for content and added as a post to Your video may also be added as a favorite and/or featured video to the DLA Architects channel ( or other DLA social media accounts. Official Entry Forms that do not include all required information and adhere to the foregoing and following requirements will be considered void and will not be added as a favorite or considered in the judging of this Contest.
    • Contestants under the age of 18 must, in addition to all other requirements, print and submit the parental consent form to DLA Architects. Form must be received prior to the deadline for consideration.
    • Contestants must submit signed release form (available on of all people that appear in video.

If you do not complete the registration steps outlined above, your Submission will not be entered into the Contest or eligible for a prize. Sponsor is not responsible for Entrant’s failure to timely complete each step of the registration process. Registration must be completed by 4/11/22 or your Submission will not be entered into the Contest. You may enter only one (1) Submission.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to save your Submission in the original format after uploading it to the YouTube Channel. If you are a winner, you will need to provide Sponsor with your Submission in its original format in order for the Submission to be valid.

3. CONDITIONS OF ENTRY: As conditions of entry into this Contest and by uploading and entering a Submission:

  • Entrant warrants and represents that the Submission
    • is original and has been legally created;
    • does not infringe the intellectual property, privacy or publicity rights or any other legal or moral rights of any third party;
    • They have obtained a signed release form (available on of all people that appear in video.
    • has not been entered in or won previous contests or awards; and
    • has not been published or distributed previously in any media.
  • Entrant represents that he/she owns all rights to his/her Submission, including, without limitation, the copyrights in the recording and the performance contained therein.
  • Entrant further represents and warrants that the Entrant has obtained permission from each person whose name, image, likeness or voice (“Likeness”) is included in the Submission, and
  • that such person(s) have granted Entrant all necessary rights to use the person’s Likeness as described in these rules, and that Entrant can make written copies of such permissions available to the Sponsor upon request. If the Likeness of a minor is included, such grant of rights must include written permission from the minor’s parent or legal guardian authorizing the use of the minor’s likeness on behalf of the minor.
  • By uploading a Submission, Entrant irrevocably grants Sponsor and its affiliates, legal representatives, assigns, agents and licensees, the unconditional and perpetual right and permission to reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, exhibit and/or otherwise use or reuse (without limitation as to when or to the number of times used), the Entrant’s Submission, including, but not limited to, the recording and the performances contained therein (in each case, as submitted or as edited/modified in any way by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion), as well as to use Entrant’s name, likeness, photograph (collectively, “Likeness”), and/or statements regarding his/her participation in this Contest (with or without using the Entrant’s name) in any and all media without limitation as to time or territory, and without additional compensation or approval from the Entrant or any other party.
  • Entrant waives intellectual property rights, privacy/publicity rights or other legal or moral rights that might preclude the Sponsor’s use of the submission, and agrees not to sue or assert any claim against the Sponsor for the use of the Submission or Entrant’s Likeness or statements.
  • Entrant agrees to indemnify and hold Sponsor, its agencies and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, co-branders or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the “Indemnities”), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Indemnities due to or arising out of the Entrant’s Submission, or the Entrant’s conduct in creating a Submission or otherwise in connection with this Contest, including but not limited to claims for trademark infringement, copyright infringement; violation of an individual’s right of publicity or right of privacy; or defamation.
  • Entrant further agrees to release Sponsor from any and all claims that any advertising subsequently produced, presented, and/or prepared by or on behalf of Sponsor infringes Entrant’s rights with regard to any elements, characters or ideas contained in any submission.


  • Technical Requirements: The maximum file size for any video file uploaded to YouTube is 2GB. Video file(s) submitted to your YouTube account must be provided in one of the following file formats: avi, mov, mpg, or wmv. See the YouTube User Terms of Use for additional details.
  • Additional RequirementsThe video must be 3 minutes or less in length, including any tags. Once you complete and submit your video, your Submission is final and may not be modified or edited without permission from Sponsor. No Submissions will be returned. The person named as the registered owner of the user account on YouTube associated with the Submission and named on the Contest Registration form for the Submission must match, and that person will be deemed the entrant (“Entrant”), or the registered owner of the user account on YouTube must be the parent or legal guardian of the Entrant. In the event of dispute regarding the identity of an Entrant, dispute will be resolved in favor of the individual who is the “authorized e-mail account holder” of the e-mail address provided when the YouTube user account was created. “Authorized email account holder” is defined as the natural person assigned an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (i.e., business, education institution) responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. If there are multiple Entrants in one family, it is preferred that each Entrant submit their Submission with their own unique user account on YouTube, although multiple Entrants in one family are allowed to enter Submissions on one user account on YouTube. If any group of individuals elects to collaborate on a Submission, they are required to designate one (1) representative to enter the Contest and accept the prize on behalf of the group. Neither Sponsor nor any of the Contest Parties are liable for any disputes between collaborators related to a Submission. Please note the following:
  • Any elements in your Submission, including without limitation music, audio, speech/voiceovers, stills, video, supers, or other audiovisual materials used must be 1) entirely original, created and performed by you, or 2) be in the public domain. Use of any elements, including without limitation music, audio, speech/voiceovers, video, stills, visuals, or other materials that are not original or in the public domain, may result in disqualification of Submission, in Sponsor’s sole discretion.
  • All Submissions will be reviewed before being published; however, publication of a Submission does not mean the Submission has been deemed to be in compliance with these rules. Submissions that do not comply with the YouTube Terms of Use or these Official Rules or that otherwise contain prohibited, or inappropriate content as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, will be disqualified and will not be considered for a prize.
  • Inappropriate Content – When YouTube users identify inappropriate content, as described in their Terms of Use ( and Community Guidelines (, they are able to flag the video. Each flagged video is promptly reviewed by YouTube administrators (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) who immediately remove any content that violates the Terms of Use.

5. SELECTION OF WINNERS: Submissions will be judged and winners will be selected at the sole discretion of an impartial Scholarship Committee at DLA Architects, Ltd. (“Judges”). The winners will be revealed on the DLA Architects THINK [about architecture] Scholarship website on/before 7/1/22.

6. PRIZES: Contest winners will be eligible to receive the following prizes:

  • School Level: One Contestant from each eligible school will be awarded the following:
    • One (1) First Place Prize: $500.00 non-renewable scholarship award to be used towards educational expenses at a college or university for the 2021-2022 academic year.
    • Scholarships will be awarded by check to the winning students at a designated school recognition ceremony.
  • State Level: All School Level First Place recipients will be qualified to compete for this award.
    • One (1) Grand Prize: $1,000.00 non-renewable scholarship award to be used towards educational expenses at a college or university for the 2021-2022 academic year.
    • One (1) Second Place Prize: $500.00 non-renewable scholarship award to be used towards educational expenses at a college or university for the 2021-2022 academic year.
    • Scholarships will be awarded by check to the winning students by mail.
  • In addition, the School Level and State Level winners’ videos will be aired on the DLA Architects’ website, subject to Sponsor’s right to edit the videos in Sponsor’s sole discretion to comply with network guidelines or for any other reason. Limit one prize per person per level. TOTAL APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE OF ALL PRIZES IN CONTEST IS: $17,000.00.

7. GENERAL CONDITIONS: All winners will be required to irrevocably assign and transfer to Sponsor any and all rights, title and interest in his/her Submission, including, without limitation, all copyrights, and agree to waive all moral rights in that Submission.

  • Winners will be required to complete, sign and return a Consent & Release form. All completed documents must be returned to Sponsor within 7 business days of the date notice was sent or winning status will be forfeited and an alternate winner may be selected. The winners may also be required to sign additional documents, as deemed necessary by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Winners are solely responsible for any taxes on their respective prizes.
  • No substitution of prize is offered, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Prizes are non-transferable.
  • If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including without limitation, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion to cancel, modify or terminate the Contest.
  • Further, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual deemed to be:
    • tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or any Sponsor or YouTube;
    • violating the Official Rules;
    • violating the You Tube Terms of Service, or
    • acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.
  • Sponsor reserves the right to require a winners to submit to a confidential background check to confirm eligibility as a condition of awarding the prize to help ensure that the use of any such person in advertising or publicity for the Contest will not bring Contest Parties into public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule or reflect unfavorably on the Contest as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

8. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY AND RELEASE: No liability or responsibility is assumed by Sponsor or Contest Parties resulting from any user’s participation in or attempt to participate in the Contest or ability or inability to upload or download any information in connection with participating in the Contest.

  • No responsibility or liability is assumed by the Sponsor or Contest Parties for technical problems or technical malfunction arising in connection with any of the following occurrences which may affect the operation of the Contest: hardware or software errors; faulty computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, electronic, wireless or Internet connectivity or other online communication problems; errors or limitations of any Internet service providers, servers, hosts or providers; garbled, jumbled or faulty data transmissions; failure of any e-mail transmissions to be sent or received; lost, late, delayed or intercepted e-mail transmissions; inaccessibility of the Web Site in whole or in part for any reason; traffic congestion on the Internet or the Web Site; unauthorized human or non-human intervention of the operation of the Contest, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, worms; or destruction of any aspect of the Contest, or loss, miscount, misdirection, inaccessibility or unavailability of an email account used in connection with the Contest.
  • Sponsor and Contest Parties are not responsible for any typographical errors in the announcement of prizes or these Official Rules, or any inaccurate or incorrect data contained on the Web Site. Use of Web Site is at user’s own risk. Sponsor and the Contest Parties are not responsible for any personal injury or property damage or losses of any kind which may be sustained to user’s or any other person’s computer equipment resulting from participation in the Contest, use of the Web Site or the download of any information from the Web Site.
  • By participating in the Contest, the Entrant releases Sponsor and Contest Parties from any and all claims, damages or liabilities arising from or relating to such Entrant’s participation in the Contest. By accepting a prize in the Contest, winners agree that the Sponsor and Contest Parties shall not be liable for any loss or injury resulting from participation in the Contest, acceptance or use of any prize.
  • Sponsor and Contest Parties are not liable in the event that any portion of the Contest is cancelled due to weather, fire, strike, acts of war or terrorism, or any other condition beyond their control (a “Force Majeure Event”). Should a Force Majeure Event occur, Sponsor may, but is not obligated to, exercise commercially reasonable efforts to air the School Level and State Level Prize winning videos at another time or make a reasonable substitution in its sole discretion.
  • All costs associated with the preparation of the Contestant’s submission will be solely the responsibility of the Contestant.   The Sponsor reserves the right to cancel the call for entries in whole or in part without making any award at its sole discretion, without any liability being incurred by the Sponsor to any Contestant for any expense, cost, loss or damage incurred or suffered by the Contestant as a result of such withdrawal.

9. Sponsor: DLA Architects, Ltd., Two Pierce Place, Suite 1300, Itasca, IL 60143

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The 2022 Deadline is April 11th

Important Message!

With the disruption of school closings in Illinois you might be worried about how you’ll create a video for your scholarship entry. Here’s what you need to know:

  •  Your video does NOT need to show the spaces you are talking about. If you have photos, you’re welcome to use them, but it’s not required. We’ve had great past entries that didn’t have a single photo or video footage of the school.
  • New this year you may submit a 300 to 500-word essay instead of a video!

The rules are the same, tell us how the architecture affected your learning. What did the way your spaces are designed make possible? Were you able to collaborate with your peers? Did windows or natural light calm you or distract you? Could you hear what was being told or was the room too noisy to work? Was the furniture comfortable to work in? How did the paint colors or flooring colors make you feel? Were you able to focus on your work? Did the room’s layout help you to use technology? Were there any features that allowed you to teach your peers or that allowed you to learn from them?