Program Dates


Media Scholars Program

  • Registration OpensNov 30
  • Qualifying RoundNov 30 - Feb 13
  • Case CompetitionFeb 27 - Mar 29
  • Media Scholars WeekJun 3-9
  • Networking ReceptionJun 8

Media Fellows Program

  • Application DueJul 14, 2017


At the core, the Washington Media Plan Case Competition is an academic exercise. Teams are expected to abide by the same academic integrity and honesty standards as if they were completing a regular school assignment. Cheating, plagiarism, or any other form of academic dishonesty will result in immediate disqualification from the competition, and future Washington Media Scholars Foundation (WMSF) programs.


  1. The competition is open to all undergraduate students enrolled at a college or university in the United States.
  2. Participants must be at least 18-years-old as of November 14, 2014.
  3. Each team must consist of two students for the semi-final and final rounds. Students are allowed to register and participate in the qualifying round as individuals. Qualified individuals will be paired at the direction of the foundation.
  4. Participants may only be a member of one team, however there may be multiple teams from the same school.
  5. Teammates do not have to attend the same college.


  1. The 2015 qualifying round will open November 14, 2014. Interested students must register and complete the qualifying round by 11:59 p.m. local time on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.
  2. Students are allowed to register and participate in the qualifying round as individuals. If these individuals reach the case competition semi-finals they will be matched by WMSF with another qualified student.
  3. The full case will be released on February 25, 2015. Only qualified teams will be informed how to access the case via email.
  4. All questions regarding the case must be sent to help[at] or the private case competition Facebook page (2nd phase only). Teams contacting WMSF in any other way may result in disqualification from the competition.
  5. Under no circumstances may a team contact a WMSF advisory board member, partner or sponsor organization. Any contact will result in immediate disqualification from the competition.
  6. Participants may seek outside assistance in solving the case, but must disclose who they received help from.
  7. Teams may use research data beyond the information provided in the case.
  8. Participants and their schools may not reproduce content from the case without prior express written consent from WMSF.