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The annual Do Good Challenge inspires students to make a difference for the issues, ideas, and communities they care about.

Students from across campus spend the year advocating, fundraising, volunteering, and developing solutions for pressing social issues. The Challenge culminates in a Finals event where six teams pitch their project or venture and the impact they've made for the chance to win a share of more than $20,000.

The 2022 Do Good Challenge will be the 10th anniversary of the event; a celebration of all that has been accomplished in the last decade by Do Good teams, and a look to the coming decade (and beyond!) to see where student innovation will take us next. This year’s Challenge will be back in-person for the Finals event on April 21, 2022, while continuing digital engagement options throughout Do Good Month (April) and before that had overwhelming success during the Virtual 2021 Challenge.

Do Good Challenge Details

Applications will open on February 1, 2022 and are due on Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 11:59pm.

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Have questions about how to write a compelling application? Join our Challenge Application Q&A Sessions to learn more about what makes a great application, the facts and figures you want to include, what you need before submitting, and so much more. There will also be plenty of time to ask questions!

  • Session dates will be announced shortly for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

Mark your calendars now, with more details to follow!

  • April 1, 2021: Do Good Month Kick-Off
  • April 21, 2021: Do Good Challenge Finals

More than $20,000 will be awarded during the Do Good Challenge! Expert judges will select prizes based on issue, idea, impact, and potential shared in the team pitches and Q&A. 

Project Track

  • 1st Place: $5,000
  • 2nd Place: $2,500
  • 3rd Place: $1,000

Venture Track

  • 1st Place: $5,000
  • 2nd Place: $2,500
  • 3rd Place: $1,000

Additional prizes (such as Audience Choice Awards) will be announced in the coming months. Prize amounts will vary.

  • Applicants may apply as an individual or a team. Teams may be new or existing (such as student organizations, fraternities or sororities, or academic programs).
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled toward a degree-seeking program at the University of Maryland, part time or full time. Over 50% of the team must be UMD students.
  • Teams must have a designated lead applicant. Lead applicants must be a full- or part-time, degree-seeking students at the University of Maryland. Lead applicants will be the main contact person for all ​communications​, notifications and questions, and take primary responsibility for receiving and responding to all correspondence.
  • Applicants' proposals, projects or ventures must be student-led and student-run. Faculty, staff and external partners are encouraged to serve strictly as advisors or mentors.
  • Teams are encouraged to incorporate members and/or mentors from different colleges or schools. Where appropriate, teams should consider mentors that represent community partners or industry experts with unique knowledge and experience in the field related to the proposal, project or venture.
  • Applicants authorize the Do Good Institute to edit and publish proposal, project or venture information – including team member information (including names, majors and other affiliations), impact data, photos, videos, testimonials and success stories – in web and printed materials. Some teams may be profiled on our website and may appear in Do Good Institute, School of Public Policy and University of Maryland publications and other promotional materials.
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Contact Us

If you have questions email dogoodchallenge@umd.edu.

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