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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

COLLEGE STUDENTS

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."

HIGHER ED FACULTY

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."

HIGHER ED STAFF & ADMINS

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:

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:
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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