WyzAnt, a national tutoring service, today announced the third annual WyzAnt college scholarship contest. This year’s contest features $15,000 in available awards and encourages applicants to solicit votes for their essay submission. Responding to the prompt, “How will you use your education to make an impact on others?”, applicants will write a short essay and advance to the finals based on popular vote. Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2013 and winners will be announced in June.
Over the past two years, WyzAnt has awarded $16,000 in college scholarships to six deserving students whose peers helped them advance past the first round of WyzAnt’s voting process. During the first round of voting, applicants are encouraged to creatively leverage social media sharing capabilities to promote their essays. In 2011, a celebrity tweet from Johnny Popstar of New Kids on the Block fame encouraging followers to vote for his friend’s essay resulted in an immediate flurry of votes. The top 20 popular vote recipients advance to a final round of voting where WyzAnt’s network of 60,000 tutors choose three winners.
Last year’s contest winners took home a combined $10,000 in college scholarships and were selected from a competitive pool of applicants spread throughout the country. Daniel Breiner, Director of Marketing for the Chicago-based tutoring company, said the decision to increase the amount of WyzAnt’s college scholarship from $10,000 to $15,000, was based on the scholarship’s widespread appeal. “Every year we’re impressed by both the engagement and quality of the essays we receive,” said Breiner. “We look forward to reading this year’s submissions and sharing those essays with the WyzAnt community.”
About this Company: WyzAnt.com is the nation’s premier marketplace for tutors and students, offering a user friendly, secure environment designed to foster learning though one-on-one instruction. WyzAnt maintains an “A” rating with the Better Business Bureau and allows students to begin lessons with the security of a 100% satisfaction guarantee. To learn more and to hear what WyzAnt customers have to say, visit the WyzAnt Facebook Page.