Whataburger Wants to Give Students $5K and Burgers for Sharing Big Ideas

If you’ve gone through life believing that burgers were nothing but a neutral party in the constant battle between good and evil, you’ve apparently been mistaken.

Yes, burgers are officially taking part in the campaign for positive change in this world — and they’re doing so by partnering with students.

Whataburger, the burger chain with outlets throughout the southern United States, is offering soon-to-be college students (and current college students) the opportunity to win as much as $5,000 for sharing a “big idea” about how to create positive change in the world.

There are more details below, but the big takeaways here are that burgers = good and that along with that $5,000, you could also win free burgers that you could cash in on during your time at college.

(And if burgers just aren’t cutting it and you’re looking for even more scholarship opportunities that can help you pay for school, be sure to like our college page on Facebook. We post awesome new scholarship opportunities there whenever we find them.)

Enter to Win $5,000 (Plus Free Burgers) From Whataburger’s #WhatabigIdeaContest

Here’s how to win up to $5,000 in Whataburger’s #WhatabigIdeaContest for sharing your best big idea on how to improve the world.

Amount awarded: $5,000 (plus free Whataburger sandwiches for a year at college), $1,000 or $500 (depending on submission type).

Number of scholarships awarded: Nine.

All three prizes will be given out in each of three regions.

Region 1: Texas

Region 2: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi

Region 3: Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma

To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be at least 13 years old.
  • Be a graduating senior at a high school within one of the contest states who has been accepted to an accredited institution or program listed under the 04/2017 link here.
  • OR be a current undergraduate or graduate student at one of these accredited institutions in one of the contest states and enrolled for the summer or fall 2018 semester.

To apply, you must:

  • Make a video, take a photo or create a piece of artwork or write a social-media post that represents your “big idea.”
  • Share the video, photo or artwork or written post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
  • Use the hashtag #WhatabigIdeaContest and tag @Whataburger.
  • Include your name and the state in which you attended school in spring 2018 when posting your entry to social media.

The video, photo or original artwork may also be submitted on the contest page located here, but the text submission must be made to a social-media channel.

Your submission should include a commencement speech or other original work about an idea that could change the world for the better, the company says.

There are three entry methods.

Video: A video submission makes you eligible to win a $5,000 prize. Videos should be no longer than 90 seconds.

Photo: A photo submission makes you eligible to win a $1,000 prize. A photo submission can be an original photograph, image, painting or drawing.

Text: A text submission makes you eligible to win a $500 prize. A written submission should include text of no more than 280 characters (text longer than 280 characters will be disqualified).

Scholarship deadline: May 31, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Central Time

You can read the rest of the official rules and guidelines here.

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.

Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.