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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


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

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!."


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:




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:
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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