Why are you hosting this challenge?

We know students across the U.S are doing amazing work in their local communities and we think it’s worth celebrating.


Who can participate in this challenge?

This contest is broadly designed for any undergraduate and graduate students who currently attend an accredited college and/or university in the United States. PhD students are also welcomed to apply. 


Are international students/colleges allowed to participate in the challenge?

International students attending a college in the United States are welcome to participate. Students at colleges and universities outside of the United States are not eligible for this contest.


What is considered “impacting the Black community”?

We’re seeking leaders whose work in education demonstrates a commitment to expanding access and opportunities for the Black community. For example, some sort of service or philanthropic support such as volunteering at an after school program, fundraised for an initiative, etc. Hosting events such as parties, are not considered philanthropic and won’t be considered for this contest.  

Applicants do not have to be limited to supporting the Black community exclusively. For example, volunteering at a local Boys and Girls club with a large number of Black students, or coding for a Black owned business, are examples of impacting the Black community.  


What are you looking for in a submission?

We’re looking for contestants to provide an overview of the work they’ve done to expand access and opportunities for the Black community. All entries must include a written overview (500 words or less) that explains:

Applicants also have the option to share a YouTube video, photo or other creative expression that highlights what they’ve accomplished. If submitting a video, please keep it to two minutes or less.


How many students will be selected?

An undergraduate and graduate student will be selected from each category.


When are submissions due and when will we find out who won?

Submissions are due March 10th, 2017 at 11:59pm PST.  Winners will be announced by the end of March.


Is there a limit to the number of entries we can submit?

Yes, each applicant is limited to one entry.  


If I am selected, what happens next?

You will be notified by the end of March. We will work with you in the following weeks to create a feature for the Google Student Blog highlighting and promoting your work across our social media platforms. You may also have the opportunity to connect with a Googler to gain guidance on how you can amplify the efforts of your work. 


If you have additional questions that have not been addressed in the FAQ, please email payitforward@google.com


February, 07 2017  - March, 10 2017 11:59PM PST


United States