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Follett Challenge

Opportunity for USA, Canada, and Australia K-12 Educators
to Participate in a Competition on Preparing Students for the Future

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Foundation / Corporation

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Follett School Solutions

Deadline Date:

12/12/19 12:00 PM CT


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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and Australia K-12 public and private school educators to participate in a competition for programs that help students prepare for the future. Winners will receive educational products and services. Eligible applicants are school administrators, special teachers (such as art or music teachers), technology specialists, PTAs, and media specialists/librarians.

Categories of winners:

  • Ten People's Choice Winners: To reward getting the word out about an incredible program, the 10 videos that receive the most votes with $5,000 in Follett products and services.
  • Nine Semi-Finalists: In addition, nine Semi-Finalists will be chosen - three in the elementary, three in middle and three in the high school category - and receive $15,000 in Follett products and services. Those scores are determined by the judges' rubric (80% of overall score) and the number of votes received (20% of overall score). Semi-Finalists are not eligible for the People's Choice award, even if they have the highest number of votes.
  • One Grand-Prize Winner: Out of the nine Semi-Finalists, a Grand-Prize winner will be selected from the judges' rubric score alone to receive an additional $15,000, for a total of $30,000 in Follett Products and services. 

Programs should address the following criteria:

  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration between students, among educators, in real-life engagement with the industry or your community, or changing dynamics between student and educator 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177784

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

There will be 10 People's Choice winners and 9 Semi-finalist winners, one of which will be crowned the Grand-prize winner.

Estimated Size of Grant:

People's Choice winners will each get $5,000 in the cash value equivalent of products and services.

Semi-finalists (3 from elementary schools, 3 from middle schools and 3 from high schools) will each get $15,000 in the cash value equivalent of products and services.

The Semi-finalist will be crowned the Grand-prize winner and will win an additional $15,000 for a total of $30,000 equivalent of cash value in products and services.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This Promotion is open only to accredited schools and/or school districts that are located in the
fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia, Canada (except Quebec) or Australia.

Each entry must be submitted on behalf of an eligible entrant by an individual who is
-Over the age of 21 at the time of submission;
-Employed as an educator by the entrant or as a volunteer recognized as such by the entrant;
-Authorized in writing by the entrant to submit the entrant’s entry into the Promotion.

Employees of Sponsor, its parent companies, affiliates and subsidiaries, its participating advertising, promotions and public relations agencies, and the Promotion judges as well as members of their respective families and/or those living in the same household as such individuals are not eligible to submit an entry on behalf of any entrant. Void where prohibited by law. Entrants (including their authorized representatives) must also have access to the Internet and a valid email address in order to enter

Pre-Application Information:

December 12, 2019: Entries close at 12:00pm CST
January 20, 2020: Voting begins at 8:00am CST
January 24, 2020: Voting closes at 4:00pm CST
March 23, 2020: Winners announced!

Step 1: Explain how your program engages students in your library or classroom when you write your online application. Then, prepare a 3-5 minute video promoting your program, and submit it.

Step 2: Vote and Promote. The team of judges examine all submissions and determines which stand above the rest. But that's only part of the final score — the rest is based on the number of votes your video receives. Ask your school community to vote!

Step 3: Watch and Win. Winners will be chosen based on a combination of judges' scores and the highest number of votes from there.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online:


Phone: 877.899.8550

If outside the US, contact:

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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