PALO ALTO, California, April 26, 2018 - Congratulations to Jade Lindenau for earning honorable mention in the inaugural Next Gen Personal PAYBACK Challenge essay contest. The award comes with a $500 scholarship prize. Jade was one of two honorable mention award winners from Maine and was selected from 500 submissions.
This essay contest attracted over 500 submissions from students in all fifty states. After playing the game, students wrote a 250-word essay with the following prompt:
“How could you use the online game, PAYBACK, to have a conversation with your parent/guardian about paying for college?”
Teachers from over 500 classrooms nominated the best student essay. NGPF staff then reviewed these essays, judging them based on the following criteria:
Indicates an understanding of key concepts learned by playing the game PAYBACK.
Addresses concerns their parents/guardians may have about this sensitive topic.
Takes a creative approach to engaging parents/guardians in a conversation about college.