Doodle 4 Google Offers Oodles of Prizes & Scholarships to K-12 Students

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Heads up, doodlers!

Google is offering thousands of dollars in scholarship money and prizes to K-12 students who submit the best artwork during its Doodle 4 Google contest.

Kids and parents have to act fast because the contest ends March 2, 2018.  

What’s a Google Doodle?

Since 1998, Google has created over 2,000 doodles for its homepages around the world, including doodles to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Marie Curie’s 144th Birthday and the Great American Eclipse of 2017.

The company uses Google Doodles to change up its logo to mark significant dates throughout the year.

Who Can Enter the Doodle 4 Google Contest?

The contest is open to U.S. citizens and permanent legal U.S. residents of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the District of Columbia.

Students enrolled in public, private and home schools are eligible to enter. They must have the permission of a parent or legal guardian to be eligible.

“Parents, teachers, non-profits and after school programs are [also] welcome to enter artwork on behalf of students K-12,” according to Google.

What Materials and Mediums Can Be Used to Create the Doodle?

Entries aren’t limited to only digital submissions. Students can also create Doodles using “paint, pencils, crayons, markers, chalk, pastels, charcoal, cray-pas, or a 2D collage.”

Be sure to read the guidelines on how to submit digital and three-dimensional Doodles online or through the U.S. mail.

What Do the Doodle 4 Google Winners Receive?

Google is offering several prizes to winning students, including:

  • For the National Winner: A behind-the-scenes experience with the Doodle team, a $30,000 college scholarship, $50,000 technology package for their school/non-profit organization and a trip to Google Headquarters
  • For the 5 National Finalists: A doodle featured on the Doodle 4 Google gallery, a $5,000 college scholarship and a trip to Google Headquarters in California
  • For the 53 State and Territory Winners: A doodle featured on the Doodle 4 Google gallery and a special celebration

All winners also receive Google hardware and “fun Googley swag.”

How to Enter the Doodle 4 Google Contest

To enter the contest, first review Google’s rules, FAQs and guidelines. Then head over to the entry page to submit your Doodle.

Good luck!

Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s still trying to learn how to draw stick figures.