It didn’t take long for Twitter to become an online phenomenon. Everyone from celebrities to the every day college student has a Twitter account and it doesn’t stop there. Companies and brand names all over the globe recognize how valuable it is to have a presence on Twitter and how powerful having a strong following can be.
Avid tweeters with college goals will want to check out the following scholarship opportunities currently being offered by Twitter to see if they can cash in for doing something as simple as sending a tweet.
The 140 Scholarship
Instead of writing a lengthy essay answering a prompt, The 140 Scholarship gives students a chance to provide their answers in a unique way: within a 140 character limit. First prize is $1,400.00. The first and second runner ups will receive $400 each.
To take part in this scholarship opportunity, students must first have a Twitter account and be a currently enrolled, full-time student at a college or university.
By participating in this competition, students must also agree that if they win, Twitter will be allowed to use/publish the winner’s picture, name, Twitter username and the winning essay answer online.
The second part of the competition is to answer the following question in a tweet:
“How can we use twitter to improve the world?”
Once your tweeted essay answer has been published to your Twitter profile, the next step is to create a second tweet that contains a link to your Twitter entry. This tweet must be sent via Twitter to @Scholarship, using the Twitter hash tag #Scholarship. Without these last few steps, the entry will be disregarded.
To find out who the 3 winners are, it is recommended to become a follower of @Scholarship.
The Short And Tweet Scholarship?
Although the Short and Tweet Scholarship takes place on Twitter, it is important to note that Twitter is not a sponsor or in charge of this particular opportunity. Scholarships.com is in charge of the scholarship itself–Twitter is the way students can become qualified to win.
In order to enter the scholarship, students need to have a Twitter account set up. The next step is to become a follower of the Scholarships.com site (@Scholarshipscom) on Twitter. The final step is to answer the following question in a tweet:
“If you could change the basic curriculum, what high school or college class would you make mandatory and why?”
The answer has to be in the form of a tweet and published to your profile so everything will have to fit within the 140 character requirement.
Unlike traditional scholarships where applicants only have one shot at being considered for submission, the Short And Tweet Scholarship allows students to submit multiple tweet entries (maximum 3 tweets/answers per day). This means the ability to improve the odds of winning–just make sure each answer is a good one!
The grand prize for the Short And Tweet Scholarship is $1,000. The second and third place winners each get a brand new Kindle.