Jun 4, 2011

Be the Genius behind the Design and Win $1000

Time is definitely running out, but if you’re one of those mega creative high school students who either has a portfolio of design ideas on hand or who can put together some creative artwork on short notice, consider entering the Staples and DoSomething.org Back to School 2012 Design Contest.

In search of a few fresh ideas, Staples has joined forces with DoSomething.org to offer six talented students the opportunity to see their designs in Staples stores nationwide—including 49 stores in the DC metropolitan area—AND a $1,000 scholarship to be used toward their education.

Simply zero-in on an inspirational theme like patriotism, environment, animals, peace & equality, education or the arts and put together a submission. Samples of last year’s winners might give you some ideas and are available on the DoSomething.org website. And only 500 kids competed last year—so your odds are at least reasonable.

You can submit as many designs as you want, and your creations will be judged by an “amazing group of top designers and artists.”

Here are the basics:

  • You must be a US resident between 13 and 25 years of age (ok—college students are eligible too)

  • A completed application and design submission should be emailed to designs@dosomething.org

  • Each attachment can be no larger than 8 megabytes

  • No copyrighted materials may be used in any design

  • Each design should include a brief story (no more than 100 words) that provides the inspiration behind the design

Note that designs that don’t comply with the size requirements will be disqualified and “bonus points” are awarded to designs incorporating the DoSomething.org logo. All submissions must be received by no later than Sunday, June 5, 2011, before midnight ET.

So if you think it would be cool to see your design on notebooks and folders and if you could use that $1,000 for school, get busy. The clock is ticking down!

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