On Monday, March 21, 2016, Google announced the winner of the Doodle 4 Google scholarship competition. Not only did Akilah Johnson, a 10th grader from Washington, D.C. win a $30,000 college scholarship, her high school, Eastern Senior High School, will receive a $50,000 education-technology grant.
Congratulations: Akilah and Eastern Senior High!
I always mention Doodle 4 Google scholarship in my workshops primarily because it is open to U.S. students in grades K-12. So often people think they don’t need to apply for scholarships until junior or senior year, but as we have learned from Monica Matthews, our Scholarship Mom, you can start applying for scholarships as early as kindergarten.
Another thing we’ve learned from Monica is the importance of writing (or drawing) a response that meets the criteria of the scholarship competition. [See: Scholarship Mom Tip #157:Tell Me A Story] Akilah won because she did just that. The Doodle challenge asked for submissions on “What makes me…me.” Akilah’s entry was titled “My Afrocentric Life” and depicts elements from her life as growing up female and African American. She is the first African American to win the Doodle 4 Google competition.
To learn more about the Doodle 4 Google Scholarship, go to: https://www.google.com/doodle4google/.
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