Where does Founders take place?

The competition will begin on campus at The King’s College. We will meet in the first floor admissions lobby at 2:30 PM. The address is 56 Broadway, New York, NY 10004, at the corner of Broadway and Exchange Place, in the Financial District.

When does Founders take place?

In 2019, the Founders dates are October 31, November 14, and December 5.

What should I wear?

Business Casual with comfortable shoes. There will be walking involved.

How do I sign up?

Please sign up in our events registration page.

What is this year’s prompt?

New York City has launched numerous concepts, careers, and cultural movements. People, policies, ideas, and institutions develop here. Research how the city has served as a launchpad for someone or something in your area of interest. What’s its history? Why does it matter? How does it inspire you as you look to your future at The King’s College – New York City?

When is my essay due?

All papers must be submitted through our online submission form or by email to founders@tkc.edu the Sunday before you arrive on campus.

When do I turn in my presentation?

Please email your presentations to founders@tkc.edu the Sunday before you are on campus so each presentation can be loaded by the time we start. Please convert all presentation in PowerPoint. Prezi may be used. You will be using The King’s College computer and you will not need to bring your own.

Who is eligible to compete in Founders?

Any High school senior or transfer student who has applied for admission and submitted official SAT or ACT scores. All participants must have either a composite ACT score of 24 or higher or a composite SAT score of 1190 or higher.

Is the scholarship renewable for all four years?

Yes, students who receive the Founders Scholarship must maintain at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA, full-time status, and may not be placed on academic or disciplinary probation while at King’s.

How long should my essay be?

1200-1500 words. Please double space and use MLA, AP, or Chicago format when citing references. The Works Cited page is excluded from the word count. Please note that citations are required as the essay is an academic research paper.

How long should my speech be?

4-5 minutes. You will lose points by going over or under the time limit. A media component or prop must be used during the presentation. You will be prompted with how much time remains during your presentation.

Who will I present to?

There will be a panel of judges comprised of faculty, staff, and former Founders winners. After your presentation, two questions will be asked by the judges concerning the material in your presentation. You will also present in front of the other participants who are in attendance. Parents will not be in the room. We will be recording the presentations and the winners will be posted online.

When will the winner be announced?

Early April 2020

Should I use a visual aid during my presentation?

Yes. In fact, you must use some kind of visual aid or media in your presentation.

How similar should my presentation be to my essay?

Your essay should be an academic essay, written in a formal style. Your presentation allows you to summarize the main points of your paper and share interesting information in a more creative way.

Why should I participate in The Founders Competition?

Previous applicants, whether they won one of the four full-tuition scholarships or not, have identified the competition as an ideal setting to learn about the quality of a King’s education and the caliber of their future peers. Long term relationships are built and it allows students to develop their comprehension of integrating culture and education.

What is the team building exercise?

You will be asked to use your critical thinking and teamwork skills in order to solve a problem. There is nothing you need to prepare beforehand.

What if I have more questions?

Please email founders@tkc.edu. Our phone number is 212-659-3610.