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How many Scholarships are there?

If every winning submission was part of a three person team, we would have a maximum of 36 scholarships. Each scholarship is worth $5,000.00.  

How do I win a scholarship?

There are two ways to win. You can either have the most viral campaign in one of the three social media channels (the most number of views, likes, retweets, favorites, shares) OR you can win a judges' choice award for having the most creative and well executed messaging in your Vine or Instagram campaign.

Do I need to have a Twitter account?

YES! We use Twitter to help track how viral your submission is able to go, so you need to have an account on Twitter before you register. If you want to submit an Instagram or Vine submission, you will need to link your accounts to Twitter.

How do I link my other accounts to Twitter?

You can learn how to link your Instagram account to Twitter by going here.
You can learn how to link your Vine account to Twitter by going here.

How will you know how viral my messaging was?

First, you need to have Twitter. Vine and Instagram accounts. You need to register yourself or your team here. You need to use the hashtag #txtl8rIN in all of your messaging and you must link your Vine account and Instagram account to your Twitter account if you plan to try and win a scholarship for your Instagram and Vine work.

What social media channels are in the contest?

Instagram, Twitter and Vine are each available. Instagram and Vine will have a viral winner and a judges' choice winner for both high school and college students. Twitter will have a one winner for college and high school students based on how far your message is able to spread. But, that doesn't mean you can only use those three channels to drive people to your message! Post everywhere and drive everyone to your Instagram, Twittter and Vine!

Is the viral scholarship amount the same as the judge's choice scholarship amount?

Yes! Winning either category will earn you the same $5,000.00 deposited into your 529 plan

I don't have a 529 plan. Am I not allowed to win?

To make sure the scholarship goes toward education, it has to be put into a 529 plan account. But, you can set one up for free! It's a good idea to have one if you're saving for college and it's required for this contest. Learn more here.

Why am I disqualified if I text and drive for my submission?

We're trying to stop people from driving distracted! If you engage in that kind of dangerous activity while working on your submission, we'll have to disqualify you. Besides, you know texting and driving is against the law - right?

Who should apply?

All high school, trade school and college students at any Indiana school are all eligible.

Do I have to be from Indiana to win?

No! As long as you are attending an Indiana school, you should apply!

Is there an age limit?

There is no upper limit! If you're a non-traditional student you're also encouraged to apply. We only require that you attend a school in Indiana and be at least 13.

Can we apply in teams?

Yes! You can team up with up to two (2) other people for a total team size of three (3).

If my team wins, who gets the scholarship money? 

Good news! If your team of up to three wins, you EACH get $5,000.00 in your 529 account!

Who are the judges for the judges' choice awards?

The judges are representatives from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), the Indiana Department of Labor (IDOL), the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJ), the Indiana State Police (ISP) and the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMW).  

 

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