2023 High School Changemaker Challenge

The University of Evansville is proud to host the eighth High School Changemaker Challenge, once again made possible by our generous partners at Toyota. Any high school sophomore, junior, or senior who can be present for the in-person event can compete to win a four-year, full tuition scholarship to the University of Evansville by submitting their idea to make the world a better place.

In-Person Competition
January 24, 2023
Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center
University of Evansville
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Important Dates

  • November 18, 2022, 3:30 p.m. Central time – Virtual Info Session
    Watch the Intro Video
  • December 8, 2022 – Registration closes, project submission due
  • December 15, 2022 – Top 20 announced by 5:00 p.m.
  • January 16, 2023 – Support on slide design
  • January 23, 2023 – Rehearsal (on campus) 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • January 24, 2023 – Final round and winners announced

Prizes

The winning students who choose UE as their college destination will receive the following scholarships*:

Prizes table
1st place FULL TUITION
2nd place $27,000 SCHOLARSHIP
3rd place $23,000 SCHOLARSHIP

*Students eligible for more than one UE scholarship will receive the one of highest value.
†Students winning first place will not pay any tuition out of pocket for four years. Winners are required to live on campus as part of a cohort, remain consistently enrolled full-time each semester, maintain satisfactory academic progress toward their degree, and display progress toward fulfilling their Changemaker Challenge project goals. UE admission requirements apply.

Competition

  • ROUND 1: Submit your idea pitch by December 8, 2022.
  • ROUND 2: Top 20 teams will deliver pitches in person on campus at UE on January 24, 2023.
    • Top 20 team members should be available for rehearsal at UE on January 23, 2023.

Support

All competitors may receive FREE training from UE’s Center for Innovation & Change as well as connection to faculty experts.

Eligibility

  • Any high school sophomore, junior, or senior
  • Individual or team entries allowed (teams can be up to 3 people)
  • No limits on number of entries from a school
  • Home school and club entries also allowed (Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, 4-H, etc.)
  • Able to attend the January 24 final round in Evansville, Indiana. If you can get to UE on that date (from anywhere), you can compete!

SPECIAL BONUS CATEGORIES: All ideas are welcome! Special bonus points may be available if your idea fits one of these four categories:

  1. Increases girls' access and exposure to science fields (Example: a summer camp on UE's campus for girls interested in physics).
  2. Works to address or mitigate climate change in our region (Example: decreasing air pollution, more rooftop gardens, etc.).
  3. Increases access to physical activity or health options (Example: more dance classes in schools, more recesses, more parks or green spaces, fitness trails, more smoothie bars, creative outdoor play options, etc.).
  4. Provides creative ideas that improve quality of life in Evansville's Promise Zone.

Office Phone
812-488-2455

Office Email
centerforinnovation@evansville.edu

Office Location
Rooms 270-274, Ridgway University Center