Drive for Excellence Rules

Official 2020 Drive for Excellence Contest Rules Revision

In response to COVID-19 Burlington Subaru-Hyundai and our fellow Drive for Excellence sponsors have decided to proceed with our new car give away. This is a challenging time for us all. High school students have already had to make significant sacrifices during what should be the most memorable years of their life. We do not want to take the opportunity to win a car away too. So with some changes made to our rules and how the grand prize drawing will take place we look forward to giving away our 13th new car and hope that it can be a source of joy during these difficult times.

Rule change summary:

  • Only a student's first two marking periods of are eligible

  • All students must register online by April 30, 2020

  • All grades must be submitted electronically or by mail and received by April 30, 2020 

  • 75 Finalists will be chosen and notified during the first of May 2020

  • All Finalists will be required to complete a 'Finalist's Agreement Form' which will require them to submit a valid driver's license or learner's permit to confirm their eligibility and complete a media press release.

  • Grand prize winner will be chosen the first week of June 2020 (we are still working out the logistics of this, we will not be hosting an in person gathering of students)  

  • Grand prize winner will not need to be present to win

The following updated contest rules now apply. We reserve the right to implement further changes to these rules including canceling the giveaway if conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic deem that necessary. We appreciate your understanding as we move forward with this giveaway.  

Official 2020 Drive for Excellence Contest Rules (updated 4/1/2020)

Here is how to enter: Please register only your first and second quarter grades or first semester grades for the 2019-2020 academic year at If you have registered any other marking periods they will not count. Please register by the deadline of 11:59 pm on Thursday, April 30, 2020. All applicants are to email all report cards to You must submit an official school-issued report card or an official high school transcript by email, fax, or by mail to Burlington Subaru on 351 Shelburne Road in Burlington by the new official deadline for report cards and registration of Thursday, April 30, 2020.

At that point, 75 finalists will be selected at random from all eligible entries. For each "A," students will receive two (2) entries into the grand prize giveaway. For each "B," students will receive one (1) entry into the grand prize giveaway. The grand prize giveaway will be held the first week of June, date to be determined. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we will not be holding a grand prize event drawing at our dealership. Instead we will be hosting a drawing without students to ensure the safety of all of our finalists and families. All finalists must be present at the giveaway, NO EXCEPTIONS. You may not send a substitute in your place.

Only official report cards or transcripts will be accepted and must either have a date listed, be signed and dated by a school guidance counselor, or be emailed to us directly from a school guidance counselor. "Official" report cards are considered to be documents that are directly issued from the school. Progress reports are not eligible. Any grades earned at the college level, or from a technical center, must appear on the entrants' high school report card or transcript in order to be eligible.

All students qualify based on the same criteria: report cards must be issued with containing either letter (A-B-C-D-F), numerical, or Proficiency-Based grades that have been applied individually to each subject that the student is enrolled in. Unless students enrolled in a home-study program can produce a document from the state or a school-governing body that places a standardized and verified letter (A-B-C-D-F), numerical, or Proficiency-Based grade to each subject they are studying, they are not eligible to enter this contest since they are not graded using the same criteria as private and public schools.

Numerical grades will be translated to letter grades using the following scale: 80-89 will equate to a B (one entry) and 90-100 will equate to an A (two entries). For students attending schools using the Proficiency-Based Learning system, their grades will be translated to letter grades using the following scale: 3.0-3.4 or "Proficient" will equate to a B (one entry), 3.5-3.9 or "Partially Exemplary" will equate to an A (two entries), and 4.0 or higher, or "Exemplary" will also equate to an A (two entries). If your school has transitioned to the Proficiency-Based Learning system and is using an alternative grading scale than the one listed above, please ask your guidance counselor to send a school-issued document containing this scale to for verification.

PowerSchool, SchoolTool or other similar online-grading portals will be accepted as they contain accredited, school-issued grades. A printed or emailed copy of this type of report card is acceptable as long as it is accurately dated and issued from a school-operated portal. Progress reports from these portals are not eligible. Students may be asked to provide an additional copy of their report card to verify accuracy. Any questions regarding an official report card may be directed to All entries are subject to an accuracy verification check provided by Angolano & Company.

If you are selected as one of the 75 finalists, your guidance counselor may be contacted and asked to provide additional proof of grades from the first half of the years marking periods from the 2019-2020 academic year. This includes grades from marking periods that have not been previously registered by the student. Additional proof must be received by the close of business on Thursday, April 30, 2020 (6pm). All finalist report cards will be subject to a verification process, which includes contacting the finalist's guidance counselor to confirm grades and report card accuracy.

The Grand Prize winner will have his or her choice between a preselected new Subaru Impreza or Hyundai Elantra. At the time of the drawing, the winner must be at least 16 years old, must be living in Vermont, or Clinton, Essex, or Franklin County, New York, and currently enrolled in an accredited Vermont high school or an accredited New York High School. The winner is responsible for all taxes, registration fees and associated costs. Finalists will be required to submit proof of a valid Vermont or New York state driver's license or learner's permit prior to the giveaway.  Winner must provide proof of insurance before taking delivery of the vehicle.

Finalists will also have an opportunity to win one (1) of three (3) $1,000 scholarships from NBT Bank. Scholarship prizes will be awarded prior to the grand prize giveaway. Students are eligible to win only one (1) $1,000 scholarship. Winners will be required to fill out a W-9 tax form to claim their prize. Winning tickets chosen for the scholarship prizes will then be put back into the drawing for the grand prize giveaway.

The odds of winning are based on the number of students who enter the contest and the number of contest entries that each student receives. Employees and immediate families members of Burlington Auto Group, Auto Group, WCAX-TV Channel 3, Angolano & Company, NBT Bank, Hall Communications, as well as competing media outlets, are not eligible to enter. Further questions and inquiries should be addressed to Burlington Subaru-Hyundai, 351 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401, or via email at