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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 2019 Winners


1st Place | George Cadet
Student, Big Sandy Community and Technical College

What Drives George to #AchieveMore?
"I am driven to achieve because of my love of family and serving others."

2nd Place | Efe Plange
Student, University of Texas at El Paso

What Drives Efe to #AchieveMore?
"I am driven by a basic traditional principle: Sankofa—a philosophy charging us to learn from history in order to direct our future."

3rd Place | McKenzie McNamara
Student, Clemson University

What Drives McKenzie to #AchieveMore?
"I motivated to #AchieveMore so that I can see people reach for and capture their dreams."


1st Place | James Web
Florida International University

What Drives James to #AchieveMore?
"From the magical moment I first glimpsed Saturn's rings, I've been sharing my passion for astronomy."

2nd Place | Jayendria Singha Ray
Highline College

What Drives Jayendria to #AchieveMore?
"The way to achieve more lies in the persistence often exhibited in the natural world by spiders, who persist in weaving their webs despite countless setbacks. It is a similar spirit of stubborn persistence that drives me to achieve more."


1st Place | Ashley Simpson
Community College of Aurora

What Drives Ashley to #AchieveMore?
"My students, their students, and the impact we all have is what drives me!"

2nd Place | Michael Mathews
Oral Roberts University

What Drives Michael to #AchieveMore?
"The ability to reach, teach and graduate students from 108 nations."

3rd Place | Shannon Motter
Iowa Lakes Community College

What Drives Sharon to #AchieveMore?
"I am driven to push my students to achieve more."

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:




Who Can Participate?

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




How Can I Tell My Story

3-5 Minute Maximum

- OR -

300-Word Maximum

How it Works

Important Dates

Submission Open Date:
August 26, 2019

Submission Close Date:
December 2, 2019

Winner's Announced:
January 6, 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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