The Payback Challenge is NGPF's annual scholarship contest to help students earn money for their educational pursuits while developing an understanding of what college life will be like.
Read the contest rules and regulations at the bottom of the page on participation eligibility. If you are a FEE Grant recipient, there are entry minimums; see below for details. Submissions are due Friday, November 19, 2021.
How to enter:
Teachers Complete Registration Form
Once you've filled out the 2021 NGPF PAYBACK Challenge Registration Form, you will receive the 2021 Submission Template for your students as well as detailed next steps for the scholarship via email.
Students Write a 250-Word Essay OR Create a 2-Minute Video
A prompt for the essay/video will be included in the 2021 Submission Template
Teacher Collects Student Responses & Nominates ONE Student Entry for the Payback Challenge Scholarship.
One Teacher = One submission.
If you have more than one great essay, you can have any other teacher in your school submit it on your student's behalf. Please forward this opportunity to other high school teachers, too! You will receive an email with instructions on how and where to send in nominations AFTER you register (see STEP 1 above)
ABOUT FEE GRANT RECIPIENTS
As part of NGPF’s commitment to equity, all school districts that have been awarded a Financial Empowerment & Equity (FEE) Grant will be included in a pool of applicants from their same district for 5 chances to win $1,000 Honorable Mention grants. These will only open after ALL applicants have been considered for the National Grand Prize Awards first.
NOTE: Teachers in FEE Grant districts must have a verified NGPF Teacher Account to be eligible. 15 entries minimum must be submitted per district in order for the district to qualify.
FEE GRANT DISTRICTS ARE:
- Denver Public Schools (CO)
- Miami-Dade County Public Schools (FL)
- Prince George's County Public Schools (MD)
- Clark County School District (NV)
- Milwaukee School District (WI)