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February, 2018

The Purpose Challenge
What does purpose mean? Having a sense of purpose means being committed to something that is meaningful to you but also makes a difference to something bigger than yourself. How you want to leave your mark on the world and make it a better place, how you want your life to have mattered . . . that’s what purpose is.


What’s so great about purpose? It might be easy to guess that people who have a strong sense of purpose in life tend to be happier, more motivated, and less stressed. Because they’re working towards something they really care about, they find studying and homework more meaningful, do better at school, enjoy their jobs more, and even live longer!


So how can I find purpose? Even if you don’t feel very purposeful right now, odds are there are lots of things in your life that you can use to build a sense of purpose. This toolkit will help you think about things like what matters most to you, what your most important goals are, and what you can do to work towards them. Here are some examples of the activities you’ll have the chance to do.

  • Watch and reflect on a video of a celebrity talking about what matters most to him
  • Imagine and write about what your life will ideally be like when you’re 40
  • Rank different values according to how important they are to you
  • Design a tattoo that symbolizes what’s most important to you


At the end, you will have the opportunity to write an essay about purpose in your life. This is something you could use as a college essay, but not only that—you can also enter it in a drawing to win up to $25,000 in college scholarships!


What is the contest, and what are the prizes?

The Purpose Challenge online toolkit involves the opportunity to enter a contest by submitting a college essay you write based on provided guidelines, including a description of a personal long-term goal and what motivates you to achieve it. One grand-prize winner will be awarded a $25,000 scholarship for college, and five second-place winners will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship.


Who is eligible?

The contest is open to U.S. residents who are high school seniors at least 16 years old, who are planning to attend college in the fall of 2018 and who have parent/guardian permission to enter.


How do you enter?

Once you’ve completed the Purpose Challenge, write a college-admissions essay based on the prompts and tips it provides. While logged in to your online toolkit, you can submit your essay and other requested information by no later than February 1, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PST.


When are winners notified?

Potential winners (subject to verification of eligibility and timely return of requested forms) are notified by email and telephone on or about Monday, March 5, 2018.


Watch this video and find out more about The Purpose Challenge: 


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The Contest is open to all United States citizens or legal residents who are students who are no older than 19 and no younger than 14 as of the end of the Contest Period who are in grades 8 -12.


Submission Guidelines

Each submission must adhere to the topics and should fully answer the question and all sub-parts. Each submission must adhere to the word limits for each question, and must be submitted by 11:59 pm PT on February 5th, 2018. Only online submissions will be accepted for the contest. Only one essay per student will be accepted.

2017-2018 We the Students Essay Prompt:

To what extent in the U.S. does the government–federal, state, and local–have the duty to monitor internet content?

In your answer, incorporate Constitutional principles and specific examples (including current events) that support your conclusion.

Winners will be announced on the contest site on or before April 20, 2018. Winners must provide publicity photos and information as well as Social Security numbers in order to receive prize money. Social Security numbers are requested from winners for tax purposes only. The Bill of Rights Institute does not sell, nor use student Social Security numbers for any reason other than the required reporting for Federal tax purposes. Winners will receive the following prizes based upon the judges’ evaluations as outlined in Section IV.

Cash prizes for Students in the We The Students Scholarship Essay Contest

National Grand Prize – $5,000 (plus a scholarship to Constitutional Academy)

Runners Up – Six at $1,250 each

Honorable Mention – Eight at $500 each


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Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship


Students from across the U.S. are invited to apply for P.L.A.Y.’s annual Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship rewards one student who can tell the best story, describing the impact he or she made in the life of a rescue animal or animal welfare cause in general.



P.L.A.Y. has always made a point to promote compassion towards animals in both our personal and professional lives. From working directly with local shelters to donating products to animals in need through our Warm Bellies Initiative with the Petfinder Foundation, animal welfare has always been a staple of our business. We know there are plenty of young minds out there that are equally passionate about helping animals in need.

To Qualify

The contest is open to U.S. residents. No purchase necessary. All participants must be enrolled as a full-time high school senior. Entries are limited to one submission per person. Immediate family members of P.L.A.Y. employees are excluded from this contest.

All essay submissions must be received by 11:59pm PT on Thursday, February 15, 2018.



1st Prize - One Scholarship valued at $1,000

2nd Prize - One set of Warm Bellies Special Edition Chill Pads (10 beds) to be donated to an animal shelter of your choice*

3rd Prize - One Garden Fresh plush toy set (5 toys) to be donated to the animal shelter of your choice*

*Prizes ship to U.S. animal shelters only and must be located within the 48 contiguous states


How To Enter:

To apply, students will submit an essay with 2-3 photos of their volunteer efforts to help animals in need and how that involvement has changed their lives or shaped their perceptions on the importance of animal welfare by February 15, 2018.

  • The essay should be between 500-1000 words.
  • Send a Word doc attachment to with your essay submission.
  • The file name should be your full name, state, and date of birth. For example, Chipper-Jones-GA-4-24-1972
  • 2-3 photos of your volunteer efforts to help animals in need
  • In the body of your email, include student’s full name, date of birth, email address, postal address, high school they are currently enrolled in, and a phone number to contact.Failure to provide any of these terms listed above will result in automatic disqualification.