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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.
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 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, at least one member of your team needs to have a Twitter account. When you register for the contest, you must give us a Twitter account. We use Twitter to help track your submissions, 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 those accounts to your Twitter.
How do I link my other accounts to Twitter?
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 divisions. Twitter will have one winner for college and one winner for high school divisions based on the number of likes and retweets. But, that doesn't mean you can only use those three channels to drive people to your messages! Post everywhere and drive everyone to your Instagram, Twittter and Vine accounts!
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 deposited into your College Choice 529 account.
I don't have a 529 plan. Can I win?
To make sure the scholarship goes toward education, it has to be put into a College Choice 529 account. 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 distracted driving! 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 can participate?
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 can participate!
Is there an age limit?
We only require that you attend a school in Indiana and be at least 13 years old. Otherwise, there is no age limit! If you're a non-traditional student you're encouraged to apply.
Can we apply in teams?
Yes! You can form a team with up to two (2) other people for a total team size of three (3) people.
If my team wins, who gets the scholarship money?
Good news! If your team wins (up to three people), you EACH get $5,000 in your College Choice 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).
What are the judges looking for in a judge's choice winner?
All judges will be considering the same five categories to determine the winners. A sample of a judge's score sheet can be seen below
TXTL8R Contest Instagram and Vine Judging Form
Each judge should rank each video or photo based on how well it meets the criteria outlined below:
1. Originality: Did the video/photo present information in a new way? Does it differ from other entries in the contest?
2. Message: Did the video/photo have a clear message? Did it clearly convey the contest’s purpose?
3. Educational: Did the video/photo include facts to help convey the message? Could viewers learn something new from the video/photo?
4. Entertaining: Did it capture your attention? Did you enjoy viewing the entry?
5. Impact: How effective is the video/photo?