Marlboro College

News Cash Prizes for High School Students with Original Insights on Beauty

MARLBORO, VT - (September 5, 2012) - High school students have an opportunity to win the “Marlboro Beautiful Minds Challenge” by responding to the prompt: “Make something beautiful. Say why it is.” Marlboro College in Vermont, a proud member of Colleges That Change Lives, will award cash prizes for the best submissions.

Teens from across the U.S. are invited to create an original expression of beauty that pulls from multiple perspectives or takes an innovative approach. Submissions to the Marlboro Beautiful Minds Challenge, due December 1, 2012, must be upload-able and can be YouTube videos, audio recordings, photo files, pdfs, documents, spreadsheet files or photos of a physical creation or solution.

“One of Marlboro’s greatest strengths is the opportunity for students and faculty to work across disciplines and engage with meaty questions that have real-world implications,” says Ariel Brooks, director of non-degree programs at Marlboro. “The idea for the competition was to create a question that many people on campus would be excited about and invite high school students to solve it in a Marlboro-like way.”

The top 20 contestants will win a trip, all expenses paid, to a student symposium at Marlboro College in the mountains of southern Vermont, scheduled for February 21-23, 2013. The top three entrants will also receive cash prizes: $1000 (first prize), $750 (second prize), $500 (third prize).    

A YouTube video, and a web page, have been created to explain the contest to high school students who wish to enter. Blogs, a Facebook page, and discussion forums will also be available for entrants to inspiration, discussion and advice from Marlboro faculty, alumni, current students and fellow contest entrants.

Entries will be judged by a panel of Marlboro faculty, staff and students as well as experts from a variety of fields. Winning entries will include a high quality product and presentation / documentation, the expression of original, critical and creative thinking and the demonstration of research and preparation.

“Plato said that beauty is a soft, smooth, slippery thing that permeates our souls,” says Brooks.  “We are eager to find out what today’s high school students think beauty is.”

Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts for 65 years, with 300 undergraduate students enjoying an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College Graduate School offers master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of education, internet technologies, health care administration, non-profit administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability, with courses designed around small classes at the downtown Brattleboro campus complemented by online work and close collaboration.


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