Georgia State Students Invited to Share a World-Changing Pledge, Win $1,000

Posted On January 23, 2017
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ATLANTA—A new contest by the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies challenges students enrolled at any Georgia State University campus this semester (Spring 2017) to share their resolutions to improve the world in 2017. The winner will receive a $1,000 grant to help fulfill their pledge by year-end.

“We are inviting all Georgia State students to work to make the world a better place today. Participating in this pledge will be a first step, and will bring the student with the winning pledge the resources they need to achieve their vision,” says Associate Dean Cynthia Searcy. She developed the contest with Chris Markl, founding director of the school’s new undergraduate interdisciplinary degree program in social entrepreneurship developed in partnership with the J. Mack Robinson College of Business.

To enter, students are invited to go online to and describe how they plan to make the world a better place in 2017. Submissions on their likely impact, authenticity, feasibility, inspiration and quality of writing by an independent panel.

“No resolution is too large or small,” says Markl, “and no experience is necessary.” Contact Markl to answer about the contest and the new B.I.S. in Social Entrepreneurship at

The deadline for all submissions is Friday, January 27, 2017, 11:59 p.m. To submit your New Year’s Resolution to Improve the World in 2017, go to