Villanova Undergrads: NCAA Challenge

Long-time VUSports, member and Class of 1987 Villanova Grad, Jerry Quinn is once again spear-heading a Villanova undergrad student essay contest to support a student traveling to the first round of the NCAA Tournament to watch the Cats ...

Current Villanova University Undergrads: Want to win a FREE trip to the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament? Thanks to the generosity of VUSports.com members: EricW '87, Jerry Quinn '87 and other Villanova alums, one lucky current student will win a trip that includes admission for 4 to all VUAA pregame events, 3 night hotel stay, and cash award of at least $900. 


Requirement of all eligible applicants:
Must be a current Villanova undergrad student. Villanova Graduate School or Law School students are not eligible for this contest. You will need to provide your “@villanova.edu” email address to verify your status.

Responsibility of winner:
1) Winner will post a road trip summary to the VUSports.com message board by COB on Monday 3/20 to share with all members of the board.

2) Summary should include details about your game experience and Villanova fans you met along the way. We want members of the VUSports.com community to hear about your weekend adventure. The last 3 winners have established a new standard for the road trip summary. Both contained a level of detail and provided great photos that allow the members of the VUSports.com board who cannot travel to the game what it was like.

The 2014 winner (Meg Collins) set the bar high with a wonderful daily blog post with photos.


The 2015 winner (Nick Berger) continued this tradition and posted this road trip summary:


The 2016 winner (Jack St Amour) provided a great post for all to read about his time in NYC:



To enter the challenge and have an opportunity to be selected as the winner of the 2017 VUSports.com NCAA Student Challenge contest you must:
1) In 200 words or less explain why you are deserving of this year's award. This is your shot to tell your Villanova story. Please make it count.

2) Submissions are to be sent by midnight on Monday March 13th via email to villanovancaastudentchallenge@gmail.com using the following format.


2017 NCAA Student Challenge Entry


Graduation Year:

Email address (@villanova.edu address):



Essay Response: (in 200 words or less)


3) After the deadline for submission, all essays will be posted to VUSports.com in the “Villanova Basketball (Non-Members) Forum” & NovaNation Forum under the heading "Submissions for 2017 VUSports.com NCAA Student Challenge" by 8:00AM on Tuesday, March 14th. Only submissions sent directly to me will be considered for the reward.


4) Members of VUSports.com will vote on their favorite candidate. Any tie in the voting from the members will be broken by Eric Watkins from VUSports.com.

5) Winner will be announced by 8PM on Tuesday, March 14th. Cash Prize will be sent to winner along with instructions on hotel accommodation location and details on VUAA pregame gathering for winner.

Final selection will be posted no later than 8pm on Tuesday 3/14 to both the Villanova Basketball (Non-Members)Forum & 'Nova Nation Forum.

Reward for the selected contest winner:
- Accommodations for the first weekend of the NCAA tournament for all Villanova games (Hotel booked for Buffalo, NY; will change if our 1st weekend NCAA site changes)
- Admittance for 4 persons to all VUAA sponsored pre-game events during the NCAA weekend
- Cash reward of $900 to help with expenses (will increase amount if others want to contribute to the cash reward)


Thank you to these contributors for the 2017 VUSports.com NCAA Student Challenge:

Jason Carney - $100

Meg Collins - $50

Sean Cox - $150

John Fay - $100

Jerry Quinn - $200

VUSports  - $300

Jerry will accept more donations from anyone interested in supporting the 2017 VUSports.com NCAA Student Challenge winner. Below are the ways you can send funds:

Paypal - paypal.me/jerryquinn

Venmo - @Jerry-Quinn

Check - send an email to gerald.j.quinn@gmail.com

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