UE's High School Changemaker Challenge

At the University of Evansville, we believe everyone is a changemaker. As a high school student, you too can make a difference – big or small. UE’s Changemaker Challenge motivates young people to identify and solve challenges in the world around them through innovation and creativity. Students share their ideas in the form of a 2-minute video, then the Top 20 will compete on campus for a chance at 4-year, full tuition scholarships to UE.

Important Dates

  • November 18, 2021 – Informational session, virtual (how to attend)
  • December 8, 2021 – Registration closes
  • December 15, 2021 – Top 20 announced on website by 5:00 p.m.
  • January 19, 2022 – Support on slide design
  • January 24, 2022 – Dress rehearsal (on campus) 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • January 25, 2022 – Final round and winners announced


  • Any high school 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 25 final round in Evansville, Indiana. No virtual option. It will be held in person. If you can get to UE on that date (from anywhere), you can compete!
  • SPECIAL BONUS CATEGORIES: Teams may be able to receive special prizes for ideas that fall in the following areas (more information will follow in the trainings). Any program, service, product, or idea that:
    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.


All competitors will receive access to support from the Center for Innovation & Change through FREE training and connections to faculty experts. Training dates on left, additional support provided. Contact Brooksie Smith to RSVP.


  • ROUND 1:
    Submit your up to 2-minute video to Brooksie Smith by December 8, 2021.
  • ROUND 2:
    Top 20 teams will deliver pitches in person on campus at UE on January 25, 2022.


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

1st place FULL TUITION
2nd place $23,000 SCHOLARSHIP
3rd place $18,000 SCHOLARSHIP

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*Students eligible for more than one UE scholarship will receive the one of highest value.

†Students winning first place will receive a full-tuition scholarship annually for four years. Winners are required to live on campus (otherwise it will be the value of tuition minus $10,000). The student must remain consistently enrolled full-time each semester, maintain satisfactory academic progress toward their degree, display progress toward fulfilling their Changemaker Challenge project goals, and fulfill the three-year residency requirement in on-campus housing. (Note: students electing to move off-campus in the fourth year will be subject to a scholarship reduction). UE admission requirements apply.

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