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Let's give scholarships a face.

Making use of a LinkedIn profile will make it easier and more enticing for sponsors, organizations, and companies to give scholarships.

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Who is the target audience for your idea and how does it reimagine the cost of college?

The target for this idea are non-profits, businesses, and individuals.

Let's face it, it's hard to deny faces.

Using an already existent technology like LinkedIn will prove to give this approach a springboard to launch from.  This also deals with the now, while other brilliant ideas and policy changes are in development. There is so much unclaimed scholarship money at every institution of higher education these days that it begs the question, why don't we flip how we award them? Now it is the selection committee reviewing profiles, seeing faces, seeing progress, and making the connection with a person and their thoughts and ideas in real time. 

Let's use what we already have.

There are many federal programs in colleges that represent students from backgrounds that will inevitably have to take on a lot of student loans. These programs can have access to particular LinkedIn groups to start with, encouraging students to join the group and coaching them on presenting a great profile and story, and companies, organizations, individuals, or scholarship selection committees can go through and select who they want to award. There would need to be a privacy app developed for LinkedIn which only permits "administrators" to see particular items so that students feel safe sharing their stories on top of their volunteer, course, and work experience.

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What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

The development of a local program that seeks out donors and scholarship committees or offices willing to take the leap and that recruits students and trains them on creating a LinkedIn profile is very possible. This early iteration could work off of posting stories into an administrator's inbox to be forwarded and shared with the donors.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

The creation of an app for LinkedIn that allows for the administrative view, or another category of user, in this case, donors or selection committees, to view "the story" section of a profile that other students' connections cannot see is key.

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Are you interested in the Path to Pitching track we've developed for this challenge?

  • Yes

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Hi William! Alex here from Path to Pitching, good start! Glad to see you’re interesting in making your idea real and pitching it to our network of accelerators! To get your idea pitch ready you'll need to form a team, then get out in the community and talk to your users to validate your problem and customers. Once you've done that start prototyping as soon as possible. How would you generate revenue?

Check out our Human Centered Milestones, they are intended to help you develop your idea: http://bit.ly/1N6hgbQ

Learn more about the Path to Pitching: http://bit.ly/1HzPkeV

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