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Walden News // Sep 22, 2015

Public Voting Begins for Walden University’s 2015 Scholars of Change Video Contest

185 Students and Alumni Capture How Their Education Helps Them Make a Difference

Minneapolis—September 22, 2015Whether they’re addressing challenges locally or globally, Walden University students and alumni are putting the university’s social change mission into action every day. Walden’s seventh annual Scholars of Change video contest features some of their unique stories from around the world.

Since 2009, Walden University has invited its students and alumni to bring the university’s social change mission to life by submitting short videos demonstrating how they put their knowledge to use for the greater good. As the videos demonstrate, there are many types of social change agents, and each is unique in terms of engagement, motivating factors, and issues of importance.

The public is invited to learn more about some of Walden’s most exceptional agents of change and vote online for their favorite Scholars of Change video through September 29 at

Of the nearly 400 videos submitted, 185 met eligibility requirements and are now available for public voting. Five winners will be chosen, based on the online public vote combined with the score from a judging panel. Each of the five scholars will receive $7,500 plus a $2,500 donation to the charity of his or her choice. Ten honorable mention scholars will receive $500, and the video with the highest number of public votes also will receive $500.

The videos are judged on four criteria: passion, aspiration, inspiration, and creativity. In choosing their favorite video, public voters are asked to consider the following: how students and alumni demonstrate that their desire to make a difference drives them to effect positive social change, how their Walden education supports their work and advances their mission, how they are influencing and inspiring others in their community to make a difference, and how well their overall story is communicated through their video.

Learn more about Walden’s Scholars of Change at

About Walden University
For 45 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 52,000 students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world.

Walden offers more than 80 degree programs with more than 370 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, social work, education, public health, nursing, public administration, and information technology. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. For more information, visit

Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network-a global network of more than 80 campus-based and online universities in 28 countries. For more information, visit