Upromise by Sallie Mae and GoEnnounce “Ennounce” Monthly Scholarship Campaign to Help Students Pay for College

Cape Coral, FL Student Awarded $500 As First Recipient of Fund

August 19th, 2014 (New York, New York) –With back-to-school season gearing up, Upromise, the college savings rewards service offered by Sallie Mae, and GoEnnounce, the social platform where students track educational achievements and fundraise for goals, are partnering to help students pay for college.

The “GoEnnounce Yourself” monthly scholarship, sponsored by Upromise will award one student per month $500 for sharing school related updates via their GoEnnounce Student Page which is an academic and extracurricular social network. Scholarship recipients will then have the opportunity to deposit their award into an eligible Upromise  account.

“Upromise encourages families to save for their higher education goals, and we are very excited to offer these scholarships with GoEnnounce as another way for students to receive money towards college,” said Erin Condon, vice president, Upromise by Sallie Mae. “Many families share the dream of higher education, so we are always looking to help them earn free money to prepare for those dreams.”

The first recipient for July is Branden Pearson, a sophomore at Oasis Charter School in Cape Coral, Florida.

While Branden is undecided where he wants to go to school, his choice will represent his passion and dedication towards computers and technology. To help him get there, Branden has not only joined many clubs and kept his GPA up (currently at 4.0); he’s already acing AP exams (he just “ennounced” his AP History score) and he’s a super star volunteer.

In July he shared ‘ennouncements’ that showcased his efforts at a bake sale and car wash with his Model United Nations club, the hours he spent at a local food shelter with Key Club, how he planted 20 trees around his high school campus with his Environmental Club, and his new status as an American Red Cross Youth Volunteer.

GoEnnounce chooses a winner each month based on their student-related ‘ennouncements’. To have ‘ennouncements’ considered a user must have a completed and active profile. The user is selected by a GoEnnounce team.

“In a time with inflated college tuitions and soaring student debt, our monthly scholarship campaign not only brings awareness to the importance of saving for college but puts the wheels in motion,” said Melissa Davis, the Co-Founder of GoEnnounce. “We’re excited about this scholarship because it’s also the beginning of a larger partnership with Upromise. Soon, students will be able to integrate their Upromise accounts directly to their GoEnnounce Student Pages to further kickstart their college savings.”

Currently, students are able to receive monetary gift ‘rewards’ when they share an ennouncement with their followers (relatives and mentors) via their GoEnnounce Student Page.   Student followers will soon be able to send a ‘reward’ directly into a Upromise account.

Aside from being a student fundraising platform, GoEnnounce also gives students of all ages a place to tell their educational stories, including sharing achievements, projects, and goals. Students begin to create their “digital legacy” in a safe environment that provides mentorship at the same time.

“At GoEnnounce, our goal is to give students a voice and empower them to take control of their education. We’re ecstatic that Upromise feels the same way,” said Davis.

About GoEnnounce:

GoEnnounce is a social platform for students to share their educational stories or fundraise with the family, friends and mentors who can help them reach their academic goals. It is a safe way for students to ‘ennounce’ and track achievements and projects to get the encouragement and financial help they need to succeed. All students’ school and extracurricular updates are saved in a social e-portfolio environment. A student’s followers can provide mentorship by responding with likes, comments or rewards. To learn more, visit: http://www.GoEnnounce.com.

About Upromise:

Upromise by Sallie Mae is free to join and members have earned nearly $850 million in cash back for college. Hundreds of companies have joined forces to help families save money for college through everyday purchases, online shopping, booking travel, or dining out. Rewards can be invested in a 529 college savings plan, used to help pay down an eligible student loan, deposited into a Sallie Mae High Yield Savings Account or requested by check.

#Go2College Twitter Chat Recap

The first year of college can be extremely nerve-racking. Trust us, we’ve been there. Our #Go2college Twitter Chat has helpful answers from experts to common questions about starting your freshman year! Missed out on our #Go2College Twitter Chat today? Don’t worry, we’ve got it all right here for you!

Enjoy this Twitter Chat? Be on the look out for information about our next one!

Become A GoEnnounce Brand Ambassador

GoEnnounce is NYC based startup that provides students with a fun and easy platform to share their educational story with friends and family. We are searching for awesome Brand Ambassador Interns who want real life marketing experience from a rapid growing tech company without ever leaving school! We provide the option to earn school credit if your university offers it. You will also earn rewards by completing weekly marketing and social media tasks!

About You:

We’re looking for motivated, high-energy college or high school students to be a part of our flexible Brand Ambassador program and help expand our brand recognition among students and organizations at your school.

Qualifications:

- Strong oral and written communication skills

- Naturally social with active personal social networks (i.e., active Twitter and

Facebook accounts with a strong following)

- Interest in Tech and Start-Up culture

- Self-motivated and a self-starter who works well independently and in a team setting

Perks:

- Custom GoEnnounce Swag

- Great too add to your resume

- Recommendations from GoEnnounce management team

- Learn how to strategize and implement marketing campaigns

- Gain valuable knowledge on start-ups

Examples of Current Brand Ambassadors

1) A few of our Brand Ambassadors from Oasis High School gave presentations on how to use the GoEnnounce site as well as all of its awesome features.

2) A GoEnnounce ambassador provides a finals study break program that helps students unwind. There was also pizza!

Interested in becoming a GoEnnounce Brand Ambassador? Send us an email at campusrep@goennounce.com and tell us why you want to join our team. You can even follow our Brand Ambassador Facebook Page. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce

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Abroad101 Student of the Week #0015 – Ronald Hobbs

This weeks Abroad101 Student of the Week Honor is given to Ronald Hobbs who is a rising senior at Purdue University Calumet. Ronald is a history major who aspires to become a curator or a preservation technician. He will be in France for the entire fall semester and will be studying the French language, culture, sand history. This is Ronald’s first time out of the United States! Check out his Mission here.

The Abroad101 Student of the Week initiative awards a student who created a Mission for a study abroad program on GoEnnounce with a donation to their fundraiser. Learn more about this partnership from Abroad101 CEO Mark Shay and GoEnnounce co-founder Melissa Davis here.

Stay tuned for our next Abroad101 Student of the Week!

Happy “ennouncing”!

Top #BackToSchool Fashion Looks!

It’s that time of the year when we start seeing back to school commercials. And you know what that means, its time to go shopping for new clothes. But with so many different looks to choose from, you might not know what you want. Well, we got you covered with a list of fashion trends for guys and girls that are SO in right now!

Girls Fashion:

1. Graphic Tees

Whether your top has a music quote, a fun saying, or your favorite city – Graphic tees are always comfortable and totally in right now! They can be worn with jeans or shirts for a more casual look, or they can be paired with a high waisted skirt for a more feminine feel. You can find some stylish graphic tees from Urban Outfitters.

2. Chambray & Flannels

Chambray shirts, otherwise known as denim button downs, and flannels are perfect layering pieces for fall. Chambrays are sophisticated and versatile; you can wear them buttoned up or open to show off a tank or tee. If you haven’t heard, plaid is back in! Flannels are great when the temperatures too cold for just a tee but not chilly enough for a jacket. Tip – Tying plaid around your waist looks super cute! Gap and Forever 21 are two of our favorite places to shop for chambrays and flannels.

3. Chunky Sweaters

A chunky sweater is a back-to-school must have. Oversized sweaters are not only comfortable, but they are also extremely stylish! You can make your outfit more interesting by wearing bright colors, stripes, or even cutouts. And, it’s always important to add your own personal flair, by accessorizing with necklaces or headbands. Get you own chunky sweater from H&M here!

Guys Fashion:

1. Pull Over Hoodies

Back to school means that fall weather is coming. There is no better way to stay warm on those chilly nights then a light pull over sweater. On top of keeping you warm, they also look great. A sweater and new nike shoes will make you look awesome. PacSun has some nice pullover hoodies that you can find here!

2. Collared Shirts

You want to make an impression on people when heading back to school and rocking a nice collared shirt will do exactly that. With the rolled up sleeve look, you will definitely stand out from the rest. Check out our go-to collared shirts here from H&M.

 3. Nike SB Shoes

You always want to have the best and most popular footwear on the first day of school. Nike SB’s are the shoes that finish off any outfit! You can either buy these from a local athletic store or customize your own shoes here!

With these staple pieces in your wardrobe, you will go back to school looking good and impressing all your classmates. Have any other fashion tips for other students that we didn’t mention? Let us know!

In the spirit of #backtoschool shopping – We’ve teamed up with our friends Eric + Lani for an awesome #GoFallFashion giveaway.Just enter your email here and you could be one of the three lucky recipients of this trendy outfit!

Have any other fashion tips for other students that we didn’t mention? Let us know!

Happy “ennouncing”!

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce

What EVERY College Freshmen Should Know: #GO2College Twitter Chat

Getting psyched for your freshman year of college yet?! Although you might not want to admit it, you’re probably starting to get a little overwhelmed too, because it’s going to be so different, and SO soon!!!

Don’t worry, we’ve been there and know that preparing for this new chapter in your life can seem like a daunting task. To help, we’ve curated an awesome group of college advice experts to fill you in on EVERYTHING you should know to make you feel confident about your freshman year. We will be covering everything from how to budget, joining greek life or other orgs, managing life with a roommate, what size bedding you will need, and more. We will also be taking any questions you might have running through your head!

Join us this Thursday, at 1pm EST by using the hashtag #GO2College to follow the conversation and ask your own questions too!

Here are all the deets:

What: Advice for EVERY incoming college freshman.

Who will be joining:  Incoming College Freshmen & A Curated Group of Experts. Our experts include – Admittedly, The Edge in College Prep, Lily Herman (Co-Founder of @TheProspectBlog & contributor to @HerCampus & @USATodayCollege), and a group of Student Experts who have already learned what not do the hard way!

When: Thursday August 14th, 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

Where: Twitter, #GO2College (use this # to follow along and ask questions)

Why: To get you as prepared and feeling as confident as possible for your first day of college!

How to join a Twitter Chat: Not sure what a Twitter chat is or how to participate? Trust us, it’s really easy! Click here to learn how to follow the conversation and join in!

We can’t wait to chat with you!

The GoEnnounce Team

 

What To Do After Your College Visits

By: Admitted.ly 

You just got back from visiting a few colleges and now you don’t know what to do. Instead of just thinking about which school you liked the best, check out some tips created by our friends at Admitted.ly to help you reflect on these visits. This way, you will get the most of your visits and can choose the college that is perfect for you. You can check out their tips here!

Admittedly is the ultimate online college advisory platform for high school students, their parents, and guidance counselors that is leveling the playing field for students at all budgets. We provide tools for students in 8th through 12th grade that are timely and relevant, and early enough to make an impact on improving students’ chances of admission.

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Ennouncing our July Scholarship Winner!

Our “GoEnnounce Yourself” Scholarship awards one student $500 each month! This award goes to a student who’s doing a great job showcasing who he/she is by sharing school related “ennouncement” updates with Followers on their GoEnnounce Student Page. We’re thrilled to “ennounce” July’s winner…the focused, philanthropic, and all around go-getter Branden Pearson!

As a sophomore at Oasis High School, Branden is involved in many school related clubs and activities. He is a member of Model United Nations, Key Club, JROTC, Drill, JLAB, Marksmanship, Exhibition, Honor Guard, and National Society of High School Scholars. If all that wasn’t enough in his spare time he is a member of the Make-A-Wish Youth Leadership Committee!

Though he is not sure where he wants to go to college, something he is sure about is his passion and dedication to computers and technology. To help him get there, Branden has not only joined many clubs, kept his GPA up (currently at 4.0), acing AP exams (he just “ennounced” his AP History score), but he is also very passionate about volunteering. Just in July he showcased his efforts at a bake sale and car wash with his Model United Nations club, hours spent at a local food shelter with Key Club, efforts planting 20 trees around his high school campus with his Environmental Club, and how he became an American Red Cross Youth Volunteer. Check out his Student Page here to learn he deserves our July scholarship award!

Want a chance to “GoEnnounce Yourself” and win a scholarship too?  Learn more and enter here!

To all of our previous applicants – don’t worry if you didn’t win this month you still have a chance to be selected next month! Just keep “ennouncing” and inviting all of your relatives and friends to follow your education. We choose one student on the 10th of every month.

Good luck.

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce

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Abroad101 Student of the Week #0014 – Alexis Peppin

This weeks Abroad 101 student is Alexis Peppin, a senior at Cedar Shoals High School who is determined to participate in a foreign exchange program in Germany! Along with German (which she has taken 3 years of already), her favorite subjects are literature, art and band. With future plans to teach English in Germany, we think this foreign exchange program is perfect for her! She is working hard, having two jobs as well as fundraising on GoEnnounce, to make her dream a reality. Check out her Mission here!

The Abroad101 Student of the Week initiative awards a student who created a Mission for a study abroad program on GoEnnounce with a donation to their fundraiser. Learn more about this partnership from Abroad101 CEO Mark Shay and GoEnnounce co-founder Melissa Davis here.

Stay tuned for our next Abroad101 Student of the Week!

Happy “ennouncing”!

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce

10 Must Have Gadgets For College

For all the incoming college freshman out there – It’s time to start thinking about all those techie gadgets you’ll want to make sure are packed in your U-HAUL heading to school! Here’s a list we’ve curated that covers all the hot tech items EVERY college freshman could want or even need!

1. JamBox

Music is a huge deal at college and being able to jam out with friends is important. Having awesome speakers can help you make friends as well as just let you dance your stress away in your dorm room. A JamBox is one of the best wireless speakers you can buy. Using bluetooth or an auxiliary cable you can connect almost any device. You can even enter to win one here!

2. Headphones

Headphones are great for those long walks to class or listening to music while your roommate is trying to sleep. Getting a good pair of headphones will let you have your own personal concert. One of the best you can currently buy for the value are the Audio-Technica ATH-M30’s. If you prefer earbuds instead, we recommend the Monoprice 108320 Earbuds.

 3. Coffee Maker

You may not drink coffee now, but you sure will after a semester at college. Constantly going to your school’s local starbucks can get expensive. However, if you bring your own coffee maker, you will always be able to get your fix without the pricetag. Keurig’s are our favorite and you can now even customize them with your own school’s logo!

4. Portable Hard Drive/Flash Drive

College is full of papers and powerpoints that will take up space on your computer’s hard drive. Add music and movies to that and you are probably going to run out of space on your computer in no time! Having a portable hard drive or flash drive can help you free up space as well as transport digital docs a lot easier. The one that we recommend is the Seagate Backup Plus.

5. Tablet/iPad

Taking notes in class is essential to doing well in college. Keeping all of your notes organized and available however, can be hard. With a tablet or iPad, you can take notes and save them so you always know where they are and easily print copies at anytime. The iPad Air is one of the best tablets around but if you’re on a budget you might want to check out the Nexus 7!

6. Fitbit/Nike Fuel Band

Don’t want to gain the freshman 15? Try hitting the gym with a Fitbit or Nike Fuel band. These are wrist straps which connect to your phone or tablet and can you help make sure you are getting the best workout possible.

7. Apple TV/Chromecast

iTunes and Google Play have almost every movie you could ever want, so having a movie night with friends is super easy. Especially with Apple TV or Chromecast, where you can wirelessly watch those movies on your TV!

8. HDMI Cable

If you don’t want to mess with the wireless stuff for watching movies or Youtube, having a HDMI cable that can plug into your laptop is an easy solution!  This will make your TV a giant screen for your computer! This HDMI cord from Amazon is a good length and a great price!

9. Printer

In college you’re going to need constant access to a printer. Although your school might have printing available in the library, when you finish a paper at 3:25 for your 3:30 class you probably won’t have time to swing by the library. Having your own printer can be so helpful and convenient especially in these moments of procrastination! We recommend the Epson XP-410.

10. Retro/Pop Phone

Although you will be away from home when you go off to college, parents and other family members will still want to talk to you all the time.  Although you might get some weird looks from your roommate, a pop phone will make long phone calls easier and more comfortable. You can grab a good one off of Amazon here!

Happy “ennouncing”!

Meghan & Melissa from GoEnnounce