The Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway awards over 1 million dollars to deserving students. This scholarship is unique in that it relies on your innovative story as well as the support of your friends. First, you must write a story that explains how you are unique. This story may be no more than 350 words, so stick to the main points and keep it short! Next, you have to cajole your friends to vote for you. The more friends who vote for you, the higher up you move on the Leaderboard. The Leaderboard allows you to see your position in the competition relative to other applicants. After you reach fifty votes, you must then create a video that will convince other fans to vote for you and your story. You can take a peek at current contestants’ biographies and videos at this website: http://www.drpeppertuition.com/leaderboard. This is certainly an example of a time where a large social network will come in handy!
The tuition prizes range from $1,000 to $100,000. Each month, the top five students on the Leaderboard (where friends and fans vote for you) are awarded $1,000 to help defray the cost of tuition. When the Leaderboard voting completely ends, the top five students according to the board, are awarded $5,000 for tuition expenses. Dr. Pepper selects a limited number of finalists to compete for the grand prize. The grand prize of $100,000 is awarded to a winner from the finalist pool.
In total, there are four Grand Prize Games per year. At each of the four games, one scholarship worth $100,000 is awarded, one $20,000 scholarship is given to a runner-up, and two consolation scholarships in the amount of $2,500 are awarded. The award money may be used to cover tuition as well as other expenses, such as fees, textbooks, school supplies and other education related expenses. The award will either be distributed directly to your school or pay off accrued student loans (in which case the money will be sent directly to the lender). It is possible to combine the money and utilize some to pay off loans and have some go directly to the school. This flexibility is especially appealing to students who have already begun college and have accrued some debt.
You may nominate yourself or a friend. In order to be eligible, students must be between the ages of 18 to 24 years old. Students over 25 years of age are eligible to participate in the Leaderboard prizes, but not the grand prize. Remember, to spend some time writing a compelling story and then getting friends and fans alike to vote for you. This scholarship allows you to maximize the potential of your social media network to assist you in getting free money to achieve your goals!
Author: Jeff Gitlen
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