Short answer is: No.
The typical requirement for the Mead Paper Competition at Carolina's Conference is that each school must participate in the Mead Paper Competition in order to be qualified to move on to the ASCE National Competition for Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge. This is not the same thing as applying for the Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students Competition, even though the topic is usually taken from such competition.
This question arose from an applicant stating that the due date for the Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students Competition is on March 1st, 2017. While we encourage you to submit to this competition, based on the fact that the topics are identicle, your school is not required to submit to this competition by this date.
However, each school IS required to submit to the Mead Paper Competition at this Carolina's Competition in order to be qualified for the National Competition. This due date is still on March 10, 2017.