$2,000 Scholarship

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Community college students are the fabric of America, pushing themselves and our nation forward. They come from every walk of life—veterans and single parents, immigrants and blue collar workers—all striving for a better life. That’s why Heads Up America—the campaign for free community college—wants to hear your voice. Along with our partners at Phi Theta Kappa, Higher Ed Not Debt, Young Invincibles, Scholarship America, and the American Student Association of Community Colleges, we’re launching an Instagram video competition for students and alumni to share your personal aspirations about what you’ll accomplish with free community college. Post your entry by October 15, 2017 to win a $2,000 scholarship!

All you have to do is complete this thought → “With free community college, I will..."

Anyone who’s ready for free community college can submit a video! To be eligible for prizes, you must be a U.S. resident, 16 years and older. If you’ve ever attended community college, or if you’re a high schooler thinking about attending, you’re welcome to participate!

Tell us what free community college would do for you. This could range from meeting everyday needs—“if community college were free, I will be able to afford a hot meal”—or big dreams for the future—“if community college were free, I will be able to become a nurse.” We want to hear the challenges you’ve faced, the barriers you’ve overcome, and successes you’ve had.

The important thing is to (creatively) explain why community college should be free for those who are willing to work for it. If you already receive free community college, share why that’s been helpful to you and especially why it would be valuable for the whole country.

  • Register for the competition at HeadsUpAmerica.us/i-will. We’ll send you updates!
  • Follow @HeadsUpAmerica on Instagram and accept our follow request, so we can see your entry.
  • Post your video answering the question “If community college were free, I will…”  to Instagram. Be sure to include our handle, @HeadsUpAmerica, and use #FreeCommunityCollegeStory.

  • Post your entry on your Instagram account no later than Sunday, October 15.
  • From Monday, October 16 to Sunday, October 22, we’ll post our favorite entries to our Instagram account for a week of public voting. Have your friends, family, and professors “like” your entry on our page!
  • Entries with the most “likes” will be sent to our judges to select winners. Stay posted for updates!

The average cost for a semester of community college is about $2,000. That’s a lot of money, especially considering all the other costs students juggle such as bills, gas, daycare, and rent. That’s why Heads Up America will award a $2,000 scholarship to the winning entry! There is also a $500 prize for second place, and a $100 prize for third place.

Stay tuned through our Instagram account for updates along the way. Shoot any questions over to CollegePromise@civicnation.org and thanks in advance for sharing your  #FreeCommunityCollegeStory!