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What drives you to #AchieveMore?

We all wake up each day, (hopefully) brush our teeth, and maybe take a look in the mirror and think: "why do I do what I do every day?" For some, it's their passion for art or travel. For some, it's the sweet reward of a new car. While for others it's the angel-faced two-year old playing with a truck. Whatever it is, we all have things that keep us moving forward to achieve more - special, unique things that make us...well...us. We want to help share and celebrate the things that make YOU want to grow, learn, and achieve more. Share your story with us for a chance to win up to $500.

Spring 2020 Winners

COLLEGE STUDENTS

1st Place | Rebecca Whitney
Student, University of Arizona

What Drives Rebecca to #AchieveMore?
"I choose to heal myself and others by preserving culture and language for generations to come."

2nd Place | Steven Blodgett
Student

What Drives Steven to #AchieveMore?
"The new perspective that I've gained in life from my experiences with bone cancer and as an amputee drive me to #AchieveMore."

3rd Place | Erin Steckler
Student, Rowan University

What Drives Erin to #AchieveMore?
"Learning should be fun, accessible, and meaningful for everyone regardless of race, class, or gender. Bettering ways to teach and learn is what makes me want to #AchieveMore every day!."

HIGHER ED FACULTY

1st Place | Padmini Shankar
Faculty, Georgia Southern University

What Drives Padmini to #AchieveMore?
"I wanted to #AchieveMore to make my parents, teachers, and my child proud!"

2nd Place | Kimberly Allen
Faculty, North Carolina State University

What Drives Kimberly to #AchieveMore?
"Accessibility matters—helping students access quality education is my passion and life's work in academia."

3rd Place | Polly Zimmermann
Faculty, City Colleges of Chicago

What Drives Polly to #AchieveMore?
"Growing the next generation of nurses for their benefit and the good of society. ."

How & What Do I Win?

Participants are asked to submit a 3-5 minute video OR written 300-word story with an image. Videos and written stories will then be judged and 3 winners from each of our 3 categories (students, faculty, and administrators/staff) will be selected. All videos and written stories will be judged on their relevancy, authenticity, organization/coherence, creativity, and positivity.



The following awards will be given for the top 3 videos in each category:

FIRST PRIZE
$500

SECOND PRIZE
$250

THIRD PRIZE
$100

Who Can Participate?

All higher education students, faculty, administrators, and staff are eligible to share their stories for participation in the contest.

COLLEGE STUDENTS

HIGHER ED FACULTY

HIGHER ED STAFF & ADMINS

How Can I Tell My Story

VIDEO
3-5 Minute Maximum

- OR -

WRITTEN STORY
300-Word Maximum

How it Works

Important Dates

Submission Open Date:
January 6, 2020

Submission Close Date:
May 1, 2020

Winner's Announced:
May 29, 2020

Sample Videos


Submit Your Story

Ready to share your story? Answer one or more of the following questions in a 300-word written story or 3-5 minute video. Please be sure to read through the terms & conditions before participating.

  • What drives you to commit yourself to the work that you do?
  • Is/was there a specific experience or person who motivated you along your path?
  • What impact do you hope you will have with the work?

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