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Google offers $30,000 scholarship for winner of its Doodle 4 Google contest

It is that time of year again — Doodle 4 Google contests are now open for K-12 students from the U.S., Guam, and Puerto Rico.

Google’s Doodles replaces — or sometimes recreates — the Google logo on the search giant’s website to reflect a significant moment, person, or event in time. The tradition stretches back to 1998 when Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page threw up a Burning Man stick figure before they headed out to the festival.

The annual Doodle 4 Google contest opens up the doodle design process to any kid in the aforementioned grades with an artistic penchant. The winner’s doodle “will hang on the Google homepage for a day, where millions will enjoy it.”

This year’s theme is “What I see for the future…,” meaning participants can design a doodle based on a broad vision for a future of their own design.

“Yes, that means anything they see — even if it includes flying dogs, living on a shooting star, the trip of their dreams, or for the true Futurists out there — perhaps a distant world filled with dazzling new technology of all shapes and sizes,” according to the Google blog.

Submissions are open until December 2 and you can apply here. Google has its own group of judges to select the winner and the lucky artist not only get bragging rights for sitting on the Google homepage, but also $30,000 toward a college scholarship and a chance to work with the Doodle team at the Mountain View headquarters in California. The winner’s school benefits too with a $50,000 grant to spend on technology.

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