The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation kicked off its College Knowledge Challenge competition, which will offer $50,000 to $100,000 grants to developers of education-related apps, websites, or online tools that will help high school students – mainly lower-income students – get into or succeed in college.
There will be up to 30 winners in the competition, which will run through Nov. 16. The competition is linked to Facebook, which kicked off the contest with a “hackathon” at Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif. headquarters where 100 entrepreneurs and programmers will work on the developing tools.
The winners of the $2.5 million grant competition will be announced in January and will be selected by a panel of judges made up of Gates foundation staffers, college-related nonprofit officials, academics, and tech industry experts.
The competition is partnered with College Summit, Facebook, the King Center Charter School, and RedPoint Education.
Applicants can apply here.
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