online challenges for college teams

Was it required for college teams to have entered an online challenge in order to be eligible for the Excellence award at the World Championship? Just curious, but were these challenges always open to college students? I don’t recall that there were any available to college teams earlier in the season, but that may be my mistake. Thank you.

Dear bb_csm,

The online challenges were open to college students and annually, we do receive entries from college students. This year, the online challenges are not a requirement for the VRCC World Championship Excellence Award.