Win $1,500 for College By Sharing Your Plastic-Free Journey on Instagram

Did you know there’s a Texas-sized patch of garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean and that it’s mostly made up of plastic?

If this isn’t news to you and you’ve already made changes to reduce your plastic consumption, then you should probably enter to win the Pelican Water Sustainability Scholarship.

Three students who share the challenges and successes of their plastic-reduction endeavors will win money to put toward their college tuition.

The first place winner will receive $ 1,500, the second place winner will receive $ 1,000 and the third place winner will get $ 500.

How to Enter the Pelican Water Sustainability Scholarship

Any undergraduate or graduate with a cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher currently enrolled full time — or accepted for enrollment — at an accredited university in the U.S. can apply for the scholarship. (Please note that you must be a legal U.S. resident to apply.)

All you need to do is share your plastic-free journey in a 30- to 60-second video on Instagram.

Include how you’ve done your part and what challenges you’ve encountered along the way.

You must include the hashtag #pelicanwatersmart and tag @pelicanwatersystems in the video caption.

Submissions will be judged 30% on originality, creativity and quality; 40% on emotional impact; and 30% on relevance to the topic.

Keep spelling and grammatical errors out of your caption, as they will work against you.

There’s only one entry per person and no take-backsies once you submit, so get it right!

Once you’ve done this, send your contact information, transcripts (they can be unofficial), video link and Instagram handle to

The deadline to enter is Oct. 15, 2018.

Check out Pelican Water Sustainability Scholarship page and the official rules for the fine print.

If you’re not passionate about reducing plastic, don’t worry. Just like our College page on Facebook to discover other scholarship opportunities.

And if you’re looking for even more scholarships to apply for, be sure to check out our list of 100 scholarships that will help you pay for college.

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She prefers glass to plastic.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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For Less Than $1500, You Can Get Meghan Markle’s Wedding Gown

Prince Harry Marries Ms. Meghan Markle - Windsor Castle

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Meghan Markle had the fairytale wedding many have dreamed of since childhood. And while you may not be marrying a prince, you can definitely look like a princess on your wedding day thanks to Floravere.

Floravere helps to facilitate shopping for bridal gowns by sending a ‘bridal box’ directly to you with gowns to try on. This is perfect for the busy bride or the woman that doesn’t really like a lot of fuss. It’s affordable too, each sample gown only costs $ 25 to try on.

Floravere M. Markle Gown

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The company is making luxury gowns more accessible and affordable to women and just released their ‘M. Markle Gown‘ inspired by the Duchess of Sussex’s Givenchy wedding gown.

Prince Harry Marries Ms. Meghan Markle - Windsor Castle

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The dress costs $ 1475.00 and as mentioned earlier, you can try it on for only $ 25.00. The dress isn’t exactly the same and features hand sewn bridal buttons down the back. The dress is more fitted than Markle’s and features shorter sleeves that have more of an off the shoulder look.

Floravere M. Markle Gown

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The dress is so affordable, worried about quality? Well, the material is matte satin and sourced from Japan. Floravere is able to offer runway quality bridal gowns at affordable prices due to their direct to consumer model. It takes 2-3 months for the dresses to be created and if you buy one, the $ 25.00 try on fee is waved. Another thing I love about this dress is that it goes up to a size 24! Yes, for including plus-size brides!

This is undoubtedly a timeless and classy dress. Beauties, what do you think about Floravere’s Meghan Markle dress dupe? Would you wear for your big day? Tell us in the comment section!

You can check out the Meghan Markle dress and all of Floravere’s offerings, here.





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