Google in the United Stated begin inviting K-12 students to participate in its fifth annual U.S. "Doodle 4 Google" contest. "The theme for this year's contest is "If I could travel in time, I'd visit...". That could mean visiting a past, present or future setting--whether it's traveling back in time to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, to the future to witness everyday space travel, or to just a few moments ago to relive a poignant experience," Marissa Mayer, VP, Product Management, revealed.
Mayer bogged "this year's contest judging panel comprises of Google employees and guest judges--including: singer Katy Perry, Phineas and Ferb creator and executive producer Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, and recording artist Jordin Sparks, and other great illustrators and artists."
On May 2, company will put the 50 state winners up for public vote. All 50 State Winners will be flown to New York City for the national awards ceremony on May 17, with the winning doodle appearing on May 18.
"The doodles by the 50 State Winners will be displayed at The New York Public Library's historic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street in an exhibition open to the public over the summer," notes Mayer. And, that this year, Google is partnered with Crayola and the winning doodler's artwork will appear on a special edition of the 64-crayon box--a first!
The winning doodler will also take home a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school.
Just submit your child's or student's artwork by March 20 with a signed and completed entry form.
Mayer also revealed that last year's company received 107,000 participation entries.
Also, announced today is the "Generation Google Scholarship" for current high school seniors intending to study computer science at a university in the US or Canada.
"Scholarship recipients will receive an academic scholarship for up to four years (or until graduation, whichever comes first), as well as be invited to attend Google's Computer Science Summer Institute the summer following their first year of undergraduate study," Azusa Liu, Talent & Outreach Programs informed.
Deadline to apply is the February 20, 2012 -- and applicants must be high school seniors and meet the following eligibility criteria:
- "Intends to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student at a university in the US or Canada for the 2012-2013 school year
- Intends to be enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in a baccalaureate Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or related program
- Exemplifies leadership and demonstrates a commitment to and passion for computer science and technology through involvement in their community
- Strong record of academic achievement
- A student from an underrepresented group in computer science (African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Female, or a Person with a Disability)
- Demonstrates financial need," Liu revealed.
Visit, Generation Google Scholarship page, for more details.