The following deductions may be taken from all awards applications during the review process:
- No cover page/unsigned cover page - 5% off per binder; failure to include a cover page in the program entry notebook or the cover page being unsigned will result in an overall 5% deduction.
- Disorganized - 5% off per binder; failure to assemble a program entry notebook in order or provide documentation in an order that matches the application will be considered a disorganized binder
At times, award applications are submitted in a way that makes reviewing them for competition impossible. For example, a council may fill out the wrong application. Whenever possible, the Awards Committee will still review the award and meet with the council at one of the two regional conferences so the council officers can receive coaching and feedback about their application. This will also be the score for any council whose application is not received by the published deadline. A "Feedback Only" score is not the same as a disqualification.
The Awards Committee may use their discretion in disqualifying any awards entry. Disqualifications occur only in extreme situations. Examples include: retyping the awards application and failure to submit award in required format (i.e. hard copy in 3-ring binders).
Note: The application instructions and information provided have been developed to expedite the process of a thorough and objective review of submitted materials. Any award entry that is not completed in accordance with all instructions and procedures may be penalized as listed above. Penalties will be levied at the discretion of the Director of Awards & Assessment with input from the Awards Committee.