Compete for one year of free in-state tuition!


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The OtterBox Ethics Challenge is a tournament-style case challenge hosted at the College of Business. Over a month and a half, undergraduate student teams of four prepare a written analysis of a business case that centers on a challenging ethical dilemma and compete for scholarships up to a year of free in-state tuition!

Students are allotted two weeks to prepare the case. Judges will then evaluate each case submission and select ten teams to move on to the next round. OtterBox employees will be assigned as mentors to each of the remaining ten teams. Each team will prepare a new case and winning teams will be announced at a celebration dinner. 

Thanks to the generosity of OtterBox who is funding this initiative, the top scholarship for each member of the first-place team is a free year of in-state tuition at CSU! These students will be recognized as “OtterBox Ethics Scholars.” 

Jim Parke presenting on ethic“Integrity and ethics are fundamental to the way Otter Products operates its business." Jim Parke, CEO, Otter Products

Who's eligible?

CSU students who have passed or are currently taking “Ethics in Contemporary Organizations” (BUS220) and have at least one year remaining at CSU following the end of the Fall 2018 semester. Students can join as a team of four, or individually and be assigned a team.

P.S. – you must be a full-time CSU undergraduate student in good academic standing (2.0 GPA or higher) to be eligible for the OtterBox Ethics Challenge.

What can I win? 

Scholarships will be awarded for each student on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams. Teams will be evaluated by a panel of judges from CSU’s College of Business, OtterBox and the business community. So bring your creativity and A game, because competition will be fierce!

First place: Scholarship sufficient to cover the student’s share of base tuition at the resident in-state level for Spring 2019 and Fall 2019. 

Second place: $1,000 scholarship ($500 for Spring 2019 and $500 for Fall 2019)

Third place: $500 scholarship ($250 for Spring 2019 and $250 for Fall 2019)

All scholarships must be used for qualified educational expenses (according to Internal Revenue Service standards) and will be allocated during the Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 semesters.

How do I sign-up?

It's easy to sign-up for the challenge via Eventbrite! Register as an individual or create a team page and invite your three teammates. If you sign up as an individual, faculty will assign you to a team. The application deadline is Oct. 12 by 10 am to compete in the OtterBox Ethics Challenge. 

What's the schedule?

Oct. 12  All teams or individuals sign-up by 10 am. Faculty will announce the details of the ethical case challenge at 3 pm, in the Bohemian Auditorium. For teams, it would be great if everyone could attend, but make sure at least one of you is there! 

Oct. 26  Case write-ups due. After case judges evaluate submissions, 10 qualifying teams will be selected to move forward in the competition and assigned OtterBox mentors.

Nov. 6 – Qualified teams notified.

Nov. 7 – The 10 teams meet with faculty, program directors and Otters to discuss the next stages of the competition and begin preparing to present their analysis.

Nov. 29 – Students gather for pizza and welcome.

Nov. 30 – Students deliver final presentations. Judges determine winning teams and scholarships are presented at the celebration dinner.

Sign up today!


The fine print: Scholarships are nonrefundable and will be awarded to full-time undergraduate students during the Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 semesters to cover qualified educational expenses during the same semesters. Scholarship funds will be deposited directly into student accounts for use on qualified educational expenses and must be used in the semester they are deposited.


CSU College of Business, Rockwell Hall West, Bohemian Auditorium