Got a Great Project That Betters Your College Campus? The White House & MTV Want You!

November 10, 2011

Who better to blaze innovative trails in communities than students with their fingers on the cultural, technological and social pulse? So Prez Obama came up with the Campus Champions of Change contest, challenging students to share their bright ideas. "All Across America, college and university students are helping our country out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world," said Mr. President. "I hope this challenge shines a light on their efforts, and inspires Americans of all ages to get involved in their communities."

Have you been spearheading a strong campus initiative? It's time to spread the word. Here's how you apply: Answer three essay questions about your project and upload photos or videos that demonstrate your project's impact. After applications close on December 9, judges will narrow the list down to 15 finalists. The contest then turns into a mini-election of sorts, in which the public gets to vote on their fave project. The five teams with the most votes will make the finalist cut and head to the White House to talk shop about their game-changing projects, come spring 2012!

On top of swinging by the White House, the five finalists will also collaborate with mtvU and MTV Act to create short features about their projects that will air on mtvU and be featured on Not bad, huh? Out of the fab five finalists, one winning team will get to host an episode of mtvU’s popular program, Dean's List. The hosting gig is quality real estate as mtvU reaches up to 9 million viewers from 750 college campuses.

The perks are fun, the Presidential praise is nice, but the real prize could be sparking social change on campuses across the country. Your ideas matter. Your impact matters. Don't keep it to yourself. Share it with the nation now, and hit the fast track to change-making superstardom.

This article was originally published on MTVAct, MTV's action blog.  It is reprinted here with permission.

Caroline Walker