Coca-Cola #ForTheDream Sweepstakes + Giveaway

This is part of a sponsored campaign with DiMe Media and Coca-Cola. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

In just a few short weeks, I will be headed off to NYU (New York University) and I have never been so excited, or so prepared to face the future! I could say I’m scared or nervous, but really, I am just so ready to leap into the next chapter of my life, embracing these feelings of nervousness with wide open arms. These past 4 years of high school volunteering, traveling, and meeting new people have prepared me for what’s ahead.

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Throughout high school I was faced with the realization that these goals, of going to college, would be quite pricey without some help, maybe even unreachable. My parents would work day in and day out telling me “No te preocupes por el dinero, irás a la universidad de tus sueños”.

(Translation: “Don’t worry about the cost, you will go to the college of your dreams”)

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Although, I knew their devotion to my education was of utmost priority, I did not want to burden them with the idea of paying $50,000+ a year for college. I made a pact and promised not only to my parents but myself, that they would never have to pay my college education. With my resilience I was able to accomplish my goal. Happy to scream out to the world “I AM GOING TO COLLEGE FOR FREE!” Bring out the Mariachis and BBQ because it’s time to rejoice in the power of education!

*Watch my Gates Millennium Scholarship notification reaction video here*

Through my journey, I was introduced to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF). Applied to their college information camp called the “Youth Leadership Institute” (YLI) and had the time of my life! Not only did I learn more about FAFSA and scholarships, but also connected with Hispanic students like myself facing similar issues. Applying all these resources learned at YLI eventually led me to success! I won the Gates Millennium scholarship through the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) and so many other scholarships. Thanks to HSF my dreams became a reality helping me  focus solely on my education without the fear of having to pay off student loans.

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This year, Coca-Cola is donating $100,000 to the amazing Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Coca-Cola being a big supported of diversity is helping HSF reach out to more Hispanic students all over the nation about their education. Providing opportunities for students to reach their goals and become leaders in their communities.

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In addition to their generous donations, Coca-Cola is also donating $1 for every social media post using the hashtag #ForTheDream, up to $10,000. A lot of money for future generations of Hispanic leaders and scholars!

Not only is Coca-Cola doing all these amazing acts of kindness in the name of education, but they are also doing a #ForTheDream sweepstakes!

Heres how to enter:

  1. Enter a Coca-Cola product code on their microsite:  http://coke.com/forthedream
  2. Post a selfie on Twitter/Instagram with someone who is helping you achieve your educational dreams.
  3. Don’t forget to add on your post the hashtag #ForTheDreamSweeps and #ForTheDream.
  4. Sweepstakes running from July 1st – Aug. 31 (Must be 18+)

Prizes Include:
– One College Tour Experience
– 34 x $500 grants for educational expenses

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But wait there’s more… I am ALSO doing my own giveaway! It’s not a scholarship but definitely some fun summer goodies. Sign up below for a chance to win!

Giveaway Details: CLOSED 

Winner: Bethany Malzman

Prize includes a fun Coca-Cola-themed Summer Prize pack with a logo cooler bag, sunglasses, Mason Jar tumbler and visor. Winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond with shipping info. Giveaway ends Saturday, August 4th. (Must be 18+)

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And don’t forget to join Coca-Cola the #ForTheDreamSweeps contest for a chance to win some great prizes and get tips on family college planning!

Do you have/are you a teen getting ready for college? What are some tips you have to being a successful student?

138 Responses so far.

  1. Lori Felix says:

    You are an inspiration to many!

  2. Ariel Morrison says:

    #FortheDream Congrats on your scholarship! Education is a gift you provide for yourself to enhance your future and grow as an individual. Attending college will provide you with many experiences and opportunities that are truly priceless. Take full advantage of internships, classes that follow your passion, and any opportunity to spread your wings and explore your dreams.

  3. Myrah says:

    We are so proud of all your accomplishments! You are truly UNIQUE!

  4. Gentle Bim says:

    Your daughter is so accomplished. I wish I had been half this brainy of a smurf when I was her age. I see great things for her!

  5. Ashley Sears says:

    It was so nice to bump into you at BlogHer for literally a second. Your mom is so proud of you, and I can see why!

  6. Congratulations! Your mom has told me so many times how proud she is of you! You go, Girl!! I can’t wait to see all you are going to accomplish in life!!

  7. coolchillmom says:

    if only #forthedream education is extremely important! Congratulations for what lays ahead of you! So proud!!

  8. Carla says:

    Oh my God!!! How exciting! I just saw the ‘Gates Millennium Scholarship’video and I cried with you. So proud of you as a Latina #Gogetter! Best of luck at NYU and thank you for raising awareness about the scholarship funds out there for us to take advantage of. I will be calling you when my daughters’ need some guidance on that field ;).

  9. Jennifer H says:

    What a fantastic opportunity! I’m so proud of you for going after your dreams!

  10. Maggie Yu says:

    Education is important because it allows you to gain wisdom for the future and gives you the foundation you need to follow your dream! #ForTheDream

  11. Maxine Hartnett says:

    #forthedream education is so so important especially in this day an age! It’s so awesome to read about your accomplishments. Great job!

  12. Ricardo Canelo says:

    Education allows you to figure out who you are and follow or discover your passion. College provides the opportunities to actually do work your passionate about, whether it is through community service, extracurricular activities, or even shadowing a professional. Congratulations also on winning the Gates Millennium Scholarship, welcome to the family! #ForTheDream

  13. Laurel says:

    ygg, NCWIT represent!

  14. Gayle Turner says:

    Believe in the possibilities… Live your dreams…today, tomorrow, always. Cannot wait to see where your journey will lead you

  15. Jolleen Ruiz says:

    Congrats!! Education is such an important part of our young adults future! This is just awesome 🙂 #ForTheDream

  16. Looking forward #ForTheDream of My Little One to Finish her college career. Gracias for the giveaway!

  17. That is so exciting! You are going to do great 🙂

  18. Congrats on all of your accomplishments! It’s wonderful that you’ll be able to attend college for free. You’re such an inspiration to the youth following your footsteps. This sweepstakes is GREAT!

  19. DJ says:

    Congrats!! Education is so important for accomplishing goals and dreams. It also enables our children to be able to think creatively and learn reasoning skills that are essential. Knowledge is power! #ForTheDream

  20. Sandy says:

    Wow, that is REALLY amazing! You go!!!!!!

  21. Claudette says:

    Congrats and all the very best to you on this leg of your journey!

  22. Shann Eva says:

    Congrats on your scholarship! So wonderful .Also great that Coca Cola is giving away money to help too.

  23. That is an amazing accomplishment. You’ve really put the work in and it shows. I love that Coca Cola is fostering the dreams of young men and women!

  24. Jeanine says:

    Congrats! How very awesome! I love coca cola and their for the dream sweeps is just fantastic!

  25. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    Best of luck at New York University. What an exciting time in your life! Congratulations on your scholarship, too!

  26. Bri says:

    Congratulations on starting a new and exciting journey in life and an even bigger congratulations on going to school for FREE!!

  27. Jessie Chan says:

    Congratulations for all you had accomplished! Education is important in our society because it opens up opportunities for us to move forward and to accomplish anything that we can ever set our hearts into accomplishing. Education is what shaped our society and therefore essential to our survival. #ForTheDream

  28. What an inspiration! Great story! Your parents sounds amazing and very supportive! Way to make your dreams come true!

  29. Valerie says:

    You have done such an amazing job and you should be so proud of yourself. Good luck at NYU!

  30. Alli says:

    Congrats to you! So glad you are going to the college of your dreams. Your future is certainly bright and I have a feeling you’re going to accomplish everything you put your mind to.

  31. Jeannette says:

    Congrats on your accomplishments and I love to see that you’re chasing your dreams! How amazing is it that Coca-Cola is helping people reach their goals in such a big way!

  32. Liz Mays says:

    The Hispanic Scholarship Fund really does change lives. You’re living proof! It’s awesome that Coca-Cola is donating to the fund!

  33. Stephany says:

    What an inspiration! Thanks for sharing.

  34. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I am so happy to hear Coca-Cola is donating $100,000 to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. I love hearing big company’s giving back.

  35. Jaime Nicole says:

    Congratulations on your wonderful achievement! It’s a wonderful thing to see you get to take advantage of such a great opportunity. Good luck as you move forward!

  36. blanca says:

    thank you

  37. Marts says:

    You are an inspiration! I have the same vow when I was still studying in college that I don’t want my parents to be burdened with the cost of college education and I am glad that I am able to fulfill that promise! Congratulations on your accomplishments dear! Way to go! 😀

  38. Anthony Wong says:

    Congratulations on all of your accomplishments! Education is not only the key to achieving upwards social mobility and a better future for ourselves, but it provides us the tools we need to help create a better society. #ForTheDream

  39. Congrats go out to you made the big leap your parents are proud no doubt. Hispanic fund what area news will share.

  40. It’s great that you have a very supportive parents. It’s a geat feeling when you can face the world with love ones on your back.

  41. Lynndee says:

    Congratulations! I definitely admire people like you who dream big and do their best to reach their goals. Wishing you the best of everything!

  42. Jason Young says:

    Wow! NYU is a great school and congrats on getting accepted and for getting scholarship. On to great things.

  43. Rosey says:

    Education gives children something that no one can take away and it lasts for life. #forthedream

    Thank you for hosting!

  44. Jonathan Key says:

    What a great idea! Love all the giveaways! Wishing you the best!

  45. Wow! Congrats on the scholarship! That’s soooo exciting! You will have the best time at College! Those are such fun years!

  46. lisa says:

    Congrats on NYU! What an amazing accomplishment! This is a great giveaway from Coca Cola too. College is so expensive these days.

  47. e michelle says:

    Education equals opportunity and without opportunity we cannot have success. Congrats on the scholarship!

  48. My FAVORITE beverage! That is great that Coca-Cola is offering this, makes me even happier that I love their brand!

  49. 1stopmom says:

    Congratulations on your scholarship!!

  50. Liz Mays says:

    I totally love that they’re doing this and helping kids get to college without enormous debt loads!

  51. CourtneyLynne says:

    Omg what an inspiration!!! Anything helping kids is just amazing to me!!!! Kuddos!!!!!

  52. Congratulations that is such a great achievement! I know as a parent I would be so proud of my child and their hard work.

  53. Digna says:

    Congratulations to you. Such a great opportunity. Best of luck with what lies ahead.

  54. Dogvills says:

    Oh wow, I can imagine your excitement. Congratulations! You have a beautiful family and you are si lucky to have a loving and very supportive parents.

  55. Elizabeth O. says:

    How exciting! Congrats about going to NYU and good luck. I can see why your parents are so proud of you.

  56. Maya says:

    How exciting! Congratulations!!

  57. So cool of Coke to do that. I have always been a fan of coke.

  58. Julia says:

    Congratulations on your scholarship. Enjoy College and know you will get out of what you put into it. You van totally do this!

  59. I wish the best of luck in NYC. Enjoy college!

  60. That’s awesome! Congrats on getting into NYU! I think it’s great what Coke is doing to help others with their dreams!

  61. Diana Stanhope says:

    It is so important so that children can really be anything they want. #forthedream

  62. Wendy says:

    Congrats. Hope you enjoy it while you’re making the most of the great opportunity.

  63. The scholarship is awesome! So are the freebies!

  64. Jen Rodrigues says:

    Education is important for everyone. It helps you stay off the streets and become a better person. Find yourself and find out what you want to do in life through education. #ForTheDream

  65. Jen Rodrigues says:

    Education means the world. It means furthering your career. #ForTheDream

  66. An education gives meaning to individual lives, by helping us identify how to best use our skills and talents. There is a satisfaction obtained from contributing to the well-being of our society

    There will come a point when my peers and I will be leading the great nations of Earth. We will be the lawyers, doctors, teachers, environmentalists, writers and world leaders. We will be the foundation of new societies. Education is OUR foundation. After all, how can the futures leaders lead if they are not equipped with the knowledge and skills to do so? #ForTheDream

  67. Nicole Sender says:

    Education provides you with the tools to succeed. #ForTheDream

  68. Bethany Malzman says:

    Education fuels an generation of well-rounded thinkers and innovators who have the potential to make changes to society. This is why more young adults should invest in their future by choosing to get an education!

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