The David Shafer Scholarship Essay Contest Guidelines and Scoring Rubric

The David Shafer Scholarship and Essay Contest is designed to encourage students to think critically about character traits outlined in Georgia code (O.C.G.A. 20-2-145). Essays will be read by a committee of Senators and judged using the Rubric explained below:

Score of 5:
• Thoroughly develops all aspects of the task evenly and in depth.
• Is more analytical than descriptive (applies, analyzes, evaluates, and/or creates information).
• Richly supports the theme with many relevant facts, examples, and details.
• Demonstrates a logical and clear plan of organization; includes an introduction and a conclusion that are beyond a restatement of the theme.

Score of 4:
• Develops all aspects of the task but may do so somewhat unevenly.
• Is both descriptive and analytical (applies, analyzes, evaluates, and/or creates information).
• Supports the theme with relevant facts, examples, and details.
• Demonstrates a logical and clear plan of organization; includes an introduction and a conclusion that are beyond a restatement of the theme.

Score of 3:
• Develops all aspects of the task with little depth or develops most aspects of the task in some depth.
• Is more descriptive than analytical (applies, may analyze, and/or evaluate information).
• Includes some relevant facts, examples, and details; may include some minor inaccuracies.
• Demonstrates a satisfactory plan of organization; includes an introduction and a conclusion that may be a restatement of the theme.

Score of 2:
• Minimally develops all aspects of the task or develops some aspects of the task in some depth.
• Is primarily descriptive; may include faulty, weak, or isolated application or analysis.
• Includes few relevant facts, examples, and details; may include some inaccuracies.
• Demonstrates a general plan of organization; may lack focus; may contain digressions; may not clearly identify which aspect of the task is being addressed; may lack an introduction and/or a conclusion.

Score of 1:
• Minimally develops some aspects of the task.
• Is descriptive; may lack understanding, application, or analysis.
• Includes few relevant facts, examples, or details; may include inaccuracies.
• May demonstrate a weakness in organization; may lack focus; may contain digressions; may not clearly identify which aspect of the task is being addressed; may lack an introduction and/or a conclusion.