Altice USA is launching an essay contest in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

The program offers students in grades 6-12 the opportunity to win a $1,500 grand prize scholarship. Three iPad minis will be given to runners-up in the middle school and high school categories.

Participating students must live in an area covered by Optimum or Suddenlink services, the company said in a news release.

The contest is offered through a partnership with Condista, which represents a number of Spanish-language TV channels.

Entries should be 500 words or less describing “a Latino, past or present” who students would like to spend a day with and why. Students may submit essays through Nov. 1.

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A winner will be announced by Dec. 1, the company said. More information about the contest and how to enter is available at

Altice owns 25 percent of Newsday Media Group.