UE's High School Changemaker Challenge FAQ

How many students may participate on each team?
Each school can have one team with up to three students. The size limit is out of fairness to other teams and University of Evansville's scholarship award opportunity.
How many teams are allowed to compete?
UE has room for 20 schools to send a team to the competition.
Which schools can compete?
The competition is open to any high school who can get their team to the competition in person, including high schools outside Indiana. For planning purposes, it will start around 8:00 a.m. and end around 4:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.
What are the prizes?
Each member of the winning team will receive four-year, full-tuition scholarships to the University of Evansville! Each member on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place teams will also receive significant scholarships ($5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively).
How does a team register?
Registration opens Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. CDT, and closes on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. CDT. It’s first come, first serve, so the first 20 teams to sign up will be taken. Teams are strongly encouraged to register as soon as it opens. We encourage all teams to compile their information ahead of time and have one person fill out the form. Here is the information needed: 1) School name; 2) Coach’s name, email address and mobile number; 3) Team name; 4) The issue you’re addressing; and 5) First name, last name, grade level, potential interest area / major, email and mobile phone number for each member on the team. Once the information is compiled, it only takes about two minutes to fill out the form. You must complete the demographic information for EACH team member. There can be up to three members per team.
If our school already knows we have a team ready to go, can we register early?
No. Registration open at 5:00 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, October 11. Be ready at that time to submit your online registration. Contact Erin Lewis at EL131@evansville.edu or via text at 812-449-1044 with any questions.
Can a student enter an idea on his or her own?
No. The Changemaker Challenge is designed to teach using collaboration to achieve a goal. The team aspect is part of the competition. At least two students have to be on a team.
Does a team have to have a coach?
Yes. Each school has to designate one point of contact at the school. This can be a teacher, staff member, faculty, or administration member, but we need one point of contact to work with on paperwork and registration materials. This is similar to the role a Model UN or Mock Trial coach might play. Depending on sponsorship, coaches may receive a small stipend for their work.
What grade do students have to be?
There are no restrictions on this. It can be a team of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors, or any combination of grades.
Can more than one team per school participate in the challenge?
No. Schools may only send one team to UE’s High School Changemaker Challenge competition. However, each school may host its own qualifying pre-competition before UE’s, if there is interest from more than three students or more than one team. If this is necessary due to high interest in participation, the school’s coach can contact UE’s Program Director Erin Lewis to discuss what this may look like. Many schools have an in-house competition to determine which team of students gets to represent their school at the competition. UE is happy to assist with this.
If our school does have an in-house qualifying pre-competition, when should we have it?
That’s completely up to the school, but here’s a recommendation. The 2017 competition is Wednesday, November 8. The team who wins that in-house competition will probably want at least a few weeks to fine tune their idea and get ready for the competition. So working backwards, we recommend a school has its in-house competition sometime in mid to late October. One model several schools have employed is to have a pitch competition, and let students from the school decide the best idea. But a school can determine its representative however is best for the school.
Who can answer my questions about the challenge?
If a student or a parent has questions about the challenge after it has been launched, contact your school coaches directly (contact information listed on the website after registration closes). The coaches will have all the information necessary to answer your questions. If you have questions prior to registration, contact Erin Lewis at EL131@evansville.edu.
Does our idea have to already be implemented or started to qualify for the challenge?
No. This competition is for any group of students who has an idea that can improve their community or make the world a better place. The idea should be researched well, the presentation effective, and an action plan considered carefully, but students are not expected to have implemented it. This is designed to encourage innovative thinking (but hopefully you’ll act on it later)! UE will also provide training to all teams on social innovation, identifying the cost of your idea, and preparing a successful pitch. Information on this will be sent at a later date.
Does our presentation need to include a budget for the cost of our idea?
Budgets to execute projects are helpful to give a clear picture of your project scope and feasibility. Although full details are not required for the presentation, judges often ask about budget issues to assess the feasibility of your proposal. You’d be wise to research the costs of your idea and how to sustain it after any initial funding is obtained. UE offers assistance with this if any team is struggling.
What is the competition like?
All teams will present a seven-minute pitch about their idea, and then answer three minutes of follow-up questions from a panel of community leaders (often including the Mayor and the University of Evansville president). In addition, all teams will get lunch, and a chance to meet with talented UE professors and students about their interest areas, just to discuss career options and how to move their ideas forward. Regardless of the results of the competition, our entire UE community is committed to helping all students make a difference in the world. Previous teams have even stayed in touch with faculty after the competition. We are here to help!
How does my school get involved?
If you’re not sure if your school can compete, already has a team, or who to contact – contact Erin Lewis at EL131@evansville.edu. Check back at this website as well – as teams get finalized, coaches’ contact information will be placed on the site.
Where can I get some online resources?
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