Are you AN innovator with great ideas ?

$5,000
Big Thinker
Scholarship

Primary Scholarship

The $5,000 primary scholarship is awarded 3 times annually. However, awards may be granted to multiple candidates with exceptional applications in a single term.

Secondary Awards:

Many times a portion of an application will warrant a reward but not a primary scholarship. Therefore, other runner up and honorary mention scholarships are awarded on a merit basis ranging from $500-$2,500.

Additional Benefits

All primary scholarship recipients and certain secondary award recipients may receive ambassadorship, internship or custom financial opportunities in addition to their initial awards. All opportunities, financial or otherwise, are voluntary and non-binding.

Our Mission

WHY WE DO THIS ?

In an effort to expand our philanthropic and charitable endeavors, we have embarked on a commitment to ensure that the best and brightest are financially able to complete their education. We also offer internship and employment opportunities to winners and applicants of merit, allowing us to not only foster applicants through their academic journey, but to identify unique talent and employ rising stars on their way to greatness.

The Big Thinker Initiative

The Big Thinker Initiative is a way to reward students with new ideas and fresh perspectives in business. We want students with innovative approaches for developing and marketing within emerging or underserved markets, as well as ideas opportunities yet to be discovered.

Deadlines for Application

May

30 st
Application deadline

October

1 th
Application deadline

December

25 st
Application Deadline

Follow The GuideLINES
Then Go Above And Beyond

How to
Qualify

Primary $5,000 scholarship and $2,500 secondary scholarship guidelines

Multiple merit awards based awards for unique or outstanding parts of applications are also donated tri-annually on the same dates ranging from $500 – $2,500

  • GPA of 3.25 & 2.5 respectively
  • Powerful Application Essay
  • Completed Promotional Concept
  • Original Big Idea

GPA

A GPA of 3.25 or higher is required for our $5,000 primary award. However, a GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for all secondary and merit awards ranging for $500-$2,500.

A NEW IDEA

All applicants are required to submit an original idea to further our company’s goals. Marketing ideas regarding how to reach underserved or undiscovered online markets are preferred and encouraged.

PROMOTE

Applicants are encouraged to share to share our site through their promotional idea and mention it in their application, especially if that way is original or very effective.

THE ESSAY

One essay (750 words minimum) relating to a specific short term loan subject is required. The essay must be completely original. Research is allowed, but plagiarism of any kind is not permitted.

How to Win !

GoING ABOVE AND BEYOND TO BE REWARDED !

Primary Scholarship

On certain occasions, we receive multiple outstanding applications deserving the primary $5,000 scholarship in a single admission period. In an effort to encourage applicants to go beyond the minimum requirements, we’ve implemented a system to reward those who show additional effort and promise. Multiple applicants can win the $5,000 primary scholarship in a single term.

Secondary Scholarship

Even though we award multiple primary scholarships, we often find that an applicant does not meet the guidelines for it. Strong marketing or promotional concepts may be weakened by other parts of the application such as the essay. These students, whose efforts do not go unnoticed, may still be rewarded through our secondary scholarships, which range from $500-$2,500.

Merit Awards

Sometimes as a whole, an application does not merit a primary scholarship. However, this does not mean a candidate did not go above and beyond in other ways. Amazing viral videos, spectacular concepts, social sharing efforts, or just showing that they have pushed themselves beyond the guidelines in an effort to further our company’s goals are a few of the ways to qualify for our merit awards. These merit awards range from $500-$2,500 and are based on the specific action taken by the applicant as part of the consideration process.
Miranda - Scholarship Winner
Miranda, L - Santa Fe College - Gainesville, Florida

Previous WINNER

Why They Won...

  • Strong Essay: Her essay was effective and actionable
  • Sharing: Introduced us to new social channel tactics
  • Big Idea: Her big idea was focused on guerilla marketing 
  • Promo Idea: She personally performed her new marketing concept, so we could see it in action and it’s efficacy
Essay Quality
QUALITY OF APPLICATION ESSAY 75%
Idea Quality
VALUE OF IDEA AND PROOF OF CONCEPT OF PROMO 96%
  • Essay Was Long, Detailed, And Completely Original
  • Successfully Executed An Example Of Promotional Concept
  • Her Big Idea Was Shown To Be Effective
  • Took Further Steps To Go Above & Beyond The Guidelines
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