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White House announces “Champions of Change” challenge for student leaders

Josh Ballou
The Broadside

Central Oregon Community College students have the chance to become “Champions of Change,” with the help of a nation-wide competition
announced by the White House.

The program “Champions of Change” is designed to promote and highlight student leaders on campuses across America. Students initiating
change on their campus that affects their community are encouraged to get involved. Fifteen finalists will be selected from the applicants.

“All across America, college and university students are helping our country out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world,” said President Barrack Obama in a Nov. 2 press release.

The application is comprised of three essays and an option to include videos or photos that demonstrate how the project improved the campus.

The top five of the final 15 will be named “Campus Champions of Change” and will be invited to the White House for a “Culminating Event.”  Details on this event are not yet available.

MTVU, MTV’s college access station, and MTV Act, the network’s blog, will be highlighting the top five finalists.

“We know that students are a powerful engine for social change,” said Stephen Friedman, MTV president, in a White House press release.

Students interested in getting involved are asked to submit an online application at www.whitehouse.gov/campuschallenge. Deadline for submissions is Dec. 9, at midnight.

In related White House news, Obama continued to show support to student issues in a difficult economy.

“This is a tough time for a lot of Americans – especially young people,” said Obama in a Nov. 1 press release.

With the 2012 primaries and caucuses right around the corner, the Obama Administration announced it is taking steps to increase college affordability by making it easier to manage student loan debt, the first in a series of executive actions to help put Americans back to work and strengthen the economy.

No new details about the plan have been announced.

You can contact Josh Ballou at jballou@cocc.edu

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