Doodle Your Way to a Scholarship
Google Launches the Fourth Annual Doodle 4 Google National Drawing Competition for U.S. Students, Chance to Win a $15,000 Scholarship and More! www.google.com/doodle4google
Every once in a while, to honor a special day or event, the letters that spell Google on the companys homepage include a whimsical doodle. A Google “doodle is the logo design that appears on the Google homepage periodically to celebrate special events, holidays, or the lives of artists and inventors. Andy Warhol, Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Frida Kahlo, are among the artists and innovators who have been honored with doodles on the Google homepage. The first Google doodle was designed to commemorate Bastille Day in 2000. Since then, the Google doodle team has celebrated and marked worldwide events, anniversaries, and holidays with more than 1,000 doodles appearing worldwide on international domains.
For four years now, Google has invited U.S. students to create their own Google doodle as part of the Doodle 4 Google competition. Last year, 20,000 schools participated and Google received more than 33,000 entries. This year, they are calling for submission on the theme, “What Id like to do someday” offering students a blank canvas to dream big for their future. From becoming a doctor and curing cancer to inventing rocket shoes that let anyone fly, this open-ended focus is intended to encourage creative, inspiring, and fun ideas and designs.
Prizes include college scholarships, a chance to have the winning design on the Google.com homepage for a day, as well as winning a spot in a national art exhibit at New Yorks Whitney Museum of American Art. Google opens the call for entries on January 19, 2011 and the announcement of the national winner will be made on May 19, 2011. This year, celebrity judges include Whoopi Goldberg, Comedian and TV Talk Show Host; Jim Davis, Creator of the Garfield comic strip, Jeff Kinney, Author, A Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Maria Kalman, Illustrator and Author of childrens books; Beverly Cleary, Illustrator and Author of childrens books, and Cartoonist Scott McCloud.
The Doodle 4 Google competition, the schools in your area that are participating as well as how parents can help their kids get involved individually is Marissa Mayer, VP of Consumer Products.
About the Marissa Mayer, she is vice president of consumer products for Google. She leads the product management and engineering efforts of Googles local, mobile, and contextual discovery products. As the youngest member of Googles executive operating committee, she has been recognized by numerous publications including Newsweek, BusinessWeek, and the New York Times. Fortune magazine has listed her for the past 3 years on their annual Most Powerful Womens list and the youngest ever to appear on the list. In 2010 Marissa was honored by the New York Women in Communications, Inc. with a Matrix Award. She has also been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and Woman of the Year by Glamour Magazine.