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Find out everything you need to know about campaigns, the Do Something Awards, and scholarships. Have another question? Email help@dosomething.org.

FAQs

Campaigns

Q. Why should I take part in a DoSomething.org campaign?
A. To make the world suck less...duh! DoSomething.org campaigns are fun and creative ways to serve your community in a way that doesn't require an old person, a car, or money. In addition to the satisfaction of doing a good thing, campaign participants are also entered to win academic scholarships, T-shirts, and other cool stuff. Talk about a win-win!

Q. How are scholarship winners chosen?
A. Scholarship winners are picked randomly. You can increase your chances of winning by meeting campaign specific conditions.

Q. If I participate in a campaign with a group of my friends, are we entered to win the scholarship as a group?
A. Unfortunately not. All campaign scholarships are awarded to individuals. If a campaign was completed by your and your friends as a group, each of you would have to report back individually.

Q. What is a report back?
A. A report back is proof that you took part in one of our campaigns. We usually ask you upload pics/vids or Instagram pics/vids of you completing the campaign's call to action. #picsoritdidnthappen

Q. Will DoSomething.org help me rock the campaigns?
A. Of course we will, silly! We are nice people after all. For certain campaigns, DoSomething.org will provide all necessary material. These include posters, action guides, and other necessary materials. Beyond that, we'll send campaign emails with updates and tips to help you have the best campaign experience possible.

Q. How will I know if I’ve won a scholarship?
A. We’ll tell you! At the end of the campaign, all campaign participants will receive an email announcing the winner and letting everyone know the impact you made.

Q. Can I participate in more than one campaign at a time?
A. Totes! In fact, we encourage it!

Q. I’m having problems with my campaign, and I have a few questions. Whom do I reach out to for help?
A. Just send us a note (link to contact form) and we'll be more than happy to help. If you reach out to us, we'll do our best to get back to you within one business day. If for some reason you decide to opt out of emails or texts from us, no worries: we'll stop contacting you immediately.

Do Something Awards

Q. Am I eligible to apply for an award?
A. Eligibility Rules:

  • You must be 25 or younger.
  • You must be a US or Canadian citizen (you will be asked to prove citizenship and age if you win).
  • You have not won a Do Something award before.
  • Your award money must go directly to a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit.

Q. What is an example of a good application?
A. Good applications address the judging criteria. You can also look at past nominees for the type of projects we love. While they're all very different, they share the same characteristics of being self-driven, unique, community-oriented with measurable impact. Additionally, strong applications include:

  • Detail. Please describe your individual role and impact in the organization, campaign or community initiative you are talking about. What did you do exactly? Why do you care about your particular cause/issue/problem? What does this work and the Do Something Award mean to you?
  • Your Story. What was your inspiration? What obstacles did you encounter? How did you overcome them to make change?
  • Impact. How many people has your project helped? Have people in your community contributed to your efforts? 100 people? 1000 people? 10,000 people? Even MORE? A personal story about someone you helped is great to include, but it is important to include hard numbers as well.

Q: I started my project with a partner or group. Can we apply together?
A: Unfortunately not. The Do Something Awards are for individuals. The best thing to do is to have a serious talk with the other partners in your group and decide who should represent the project for this application. If that person wins, the project as a whole benefits because the award money gets paid directly to the organization of the nominee's choice.

Q. Who should I approach to get a good recommendation?
A. The strongest applicants have recommendations written by people who are well informed about their projects and ideas. This should be someone who knows you well, but more importantly can attest to the goals and strength of your project, rather than your personal character. This means they should know your project or your plan of action, what you’ve done or what you plan to do. Please ask your recommenders to write about their experience with you and their thoughts about your work, impact, and collaboration with the community, if possible. They should be as specific as possible. We suggest that you send your recommender the judging criteria.

Q. What do I do when I get an error or "Access Denied" message when I try to apply?
A. If you are having trouble posting a project or viewing the application it is most likely because you have not verified your email address. When you created a log-in for the DoSomething.org site you were sent an email. In that email there is a link to verify your email address. Check your junk mail. If you can't find the email or are still having trouble, please submit a help ticket with our tech department. Someone should get back to you within a day.

Q. What happens if my computer crashes while I am working on the application?
A. Yikes!! Computer crashes happen to everyone. To protect your application from being lost, make sure to FIRST write your essays in a word processor (like Word or Google Docs) and then copy/paste them into the online application. Also, as you work on your application, periodically hit "submit" to save your changes. We have no ability to access your application if your computer crashes before you hit submit, so please help us help you by making sure you have backup copies of your essays.

Scholarships

Q. Am I eligible to apply for a scholarship?
A. Eligibility Rules:

  • The applicant must be 25 or under.
  • The applicant must be a US or Canadian citizen (you will be asked to prove citizenship and age if you win).

Q. What can scholarship money be used for?
A. Scholarship money will go directly to your college or university of choice.

Q. How long do I have to use my scholarship money?
A. Your scholarship money will go directly to the school of your choice. If you are not enrolled in school when you are awarded, DoSomething.org will hold the money until you have selected a college or university.

Q. What do I need to apply for a scholarship?
A. Required:

  • Fill out a project posting following the directions.
  • Tell us which project you're submitting for consideration (in the Join the Surge form).
  • Photos of video of your project (optional but recommended).
  • Your project's website (optional but recommended)

Q: My community action and volunteer experience has been with a group. Can we all apply together?
A. Unfortunately not. The scholarships are for individuals.

Q. I am getting an error or "Access Denied" message when I try to apply.
A. If you are having trouble posting a project or viewing the application it is most likely because you have not verified your email address. When you created a log in for the DoSomething.org site you were sent an email. In that email there is a link to verify your email address. Check your junk mail. If you can't find the email or are still having trouble please submit a help ticket with our tech department. Someone will get back to you pronto!

Q. What happens if my computer crashes while I am working on the application?
A. Yikes!! Computer crashes happen to everyone. To protect your application from being lost, make sure to FIRST write your project posting essays in Word and then copy/paste them into the online application. We have no ability to access your application if your computer crashes before you hit submit, so please help us help you by making sure you have back up copies of your essays.

Q. How do I find out if I won?
A. You will be notified via phone if you are selected as a winner. If you are not selected as a recipient, you will be notified via email.