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News Cash Prizes for High School Students’ Creative Journeys

MARLBORO, VT — (September 6, 2013) — High school students have an opportunity to win the 2013 Marlboro College Beautiful Minds Challenge by responding to the prompt: “Take a road less traveled. Make something that shares your journey.” Marlboro College in Vermont, a proud member of Colleges That Change Lives and this year’s #1 school in the Princeton Review’s “professors get high marks” category, will award cash prizes and scholarships for the best submissions.

Teens (15-19) from across the U.S. are invited to take a journey—physical, intellectual, or metaphorical—then document their journey and what they learn in a creative, digitally up-loadable format. Submissions are due December 1, 2013 

The top 25 contestants will win a trip, all expenses paid, to a student symposium at Marlboro College in the mountains of southern Vermont, scheduled for April 2-5, 2014. The top three entrants will also receive cash prizes: $1000 (first prize), $750 (second prize), $500 (third prize). Cash prize winners and symposium attendees will also be eligible for Marlboro College scholarships.

One of the 2012 challenge symposium attendees said of the experience, “The most important thing I learned is that people can be incredibly kind and wonderful and that it is so important to take advantage of any and all opportunities available.” 

“Marlboro’s self-designed curriculum ensures that every one of our students takes his or her own unique intellectual journey while at Marlboro,” says Ariel Brooks, director of non-degree programs at Marlboro. “This year’s challenge is inspired by Robert Frost, who was an early supporter of the college. We hope it gives high school students an opportunity to experience the same sort of transformative journey in a smaller way.”    

A web page,, has been created to explain the contest to high school students who wish to enter. There, students will find a video prompt that expands on the written version, as well as details about how to enter, the symposium, and an inspirational blog were Marlboro students, faculty, and staff will share their insights on journeys.

Entries will be judged by a panel of Marlboro faculty, staff, and students. Winning entries will include a high quality product that demonstrates effort and creativity, expression of original, critical, and innovative thinking, and substantial research and preparation.

“Last year, our faculty and students at Marlboro had such an amazing time interacting with the symposium attendees,” says Brooks.  “We can’t wait to meet this year’s winners, and to be inspired by their journeys.” 

Marlboro College
With locations in the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains and downtown Brattleboro, Marlboro College provides independent thinkers with exceptional opportunities to broaden their intellectual horizons, benefit from a small and close-knit learning community, create a strong framework for personal and career fulfillment and make a positive difference in the world. At our undergraduate campus in the town of Marlboro and our Center for Graduate and Professional Studies in Brattleboro, students engage in deep exploration of their interests—and discover new avenues for using their skills to benefit themselves and others—in an atmosphere that emphasizes critical and creative thinking, independence, social justice, sustainability, and community.





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