Win $1,500 for College By Sharing Your Plastic-Free Journey on Instagram

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Did you know there’s a Texas-sized patch of garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean and that it’s mostly made up of plastic?

If this isn’t news to you and you’ve already made changes to reduce your plastic consumption, then you should probably enter to win the Pelican Water Sustainability Scholarship.

Three students who share the challenges and successes of their plastic-reduction endeavors will win money to put toward their college tuition.

The first place winner will receive $1,500, the second place winner will receive $1,000 and the third place winner will get $500.

How to Enter the Pelican Water Sustainability Scholarship

Any undergraduate or graduate with a cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher currently enrolled full time — or accepted for enrollment — at an accredited university in the U.S. can apply for the scholarship. (Please note that you must be a legal U.S. resident to apply.)

All you need to do is share your plastic-free journey in a 30- to 60-second video on Instagram.

Include how you’ve done your part and what challenges you’ve encountered along the way.

You must include the hashtag #pelicanwatersmart and tag @pelicanwatersystems in the video caption.

Submissions will be judged 30% on originality, creativity and quality; 40% on emotional impact; and 30% on relevance to the topic.

Keep spelling and grammatical errors out of your caption, as they will work against you.

There’s only one entry per person and no take-backsies once you submit, so get it right!

Once you’ve done this, send your contact information, transcripts (they can be unofficial), video link and Instagram handle to [email protected].

The deadline to enter is Oct. 15, 2018.

Check out Pelican Water Sustainability Scholarship page and the official rules for the fine print.

If you’re not passionate about reducing plastic, don’t worry. Just like our College page on Facebook to discover other scholarship opportunities.

And if you’re looking for even more scholarships to apply for, be sure to check out our list of 100 scholarships that will help you pay for college.

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She prefers glass to plastic.