CollegNET.com Invites Notable Public Figures to Lead Discussions on Student Forum Site
Scholarship Website Introduces First Ever “Challenger” Forum, Helps Students Pay for College and Repay School Loans
Portland, Ore., February 6, 2012
CollegeNET.com, a social network where students win scholarship money by initiating forums, writing about them, and voting on the work of others, today announced the expansion of its competition to include celebrities and other thought leaders who wish to pose a topic for consideration by students. Each week a "Challenger" posts a text or video forum on what he or she believes should be among the ideas students are thinking about and discussing.
The new Challenger forums are aligned with CollegeNET.com's mission to encourage students to think about a wide range of issues, create engaging forum topics and write insightfully on others' ideas. Students responding to either the weekly Challenger forum or student-initiated forums earn participation points towards a weekly scholarship of up to $10,000.
"The Challenger Forums foster critical thought and discussion among students while leveling the playing field for scholarship competition," said CollegeNET.com CEO Jim Wolfston. "Ideas can take new and interesting shapes when they are open to group consideration and debate. The "Challenger" forum brings the ideas of various thought leaders into the mix of topics being considered by students as they compete for scholarships."
CollegeNET.com has awarded more than $900,000 in scholarships since 2007 and administers the only truly democratic award selection process. Unlike traditional scholarships which require numerous essays judged by institutional evaluators, CollegeNET.com awards are based on participation and a peer voting system. Scholarships are open to anyone who is currently attending an accredited college or university or who is still carrying student loan debt.
If you are interested in participating as one of the weekly "Challengers," please send forum topic ideas to CollegeNET@schwartzmsl.com. To participate in CollegeNET.com forums and compete for the weekly scholarship, sign up for a free account here.
Schwartz MSL, San Francisco
About CollegeNET, Inc.
CollegeNET, Inc. builds web-based, on-demand technologies that help institutions improve operational efficiency, enhance communication with constituents and save money. The company's systems are used by more than 1,300 organizations worldwide for event and academic scheduling, prospect and admissions management, web-based tuition processing and alumni development. CollegeNET's www.collegenet.com is a social network through which students create topics, write or video-cam about them, and vote to determine who will win scholarships. This site has become one of the Internet's most popular destinations for college-bound students. The company is headquartered in Portland, Ore.