Announcing the Punchkick Interactive
Programming as a Second Language Scholarship

// January 11, 2016

Punchkick Interactive is proud to announce our Programming as a Second Language Scholarship, where we ask students to examine the benefits of having children learn to code from a young age. Students from all different disciplines and majors are invited to state their opinion on why programming should be a part of a child’s curriculum, as much as history and math, in the form of a persuasive essay or piece of media.

As Chicago’s premier fast-growing mobile agency, Punchkick Interactive has designed and developed mobile experiences for more than a dozen Fortune level companies. We seek out the brightest and most creative talent to join our self-managed teams—and we believe in the importance of continuous learning and being fanatic about the work we produce.

At Punchkick we cherish creativity, so let your imagination run wild with your submission. We accept a variety of formats for your proposal—whether an essay, podcast, animation, or video is your style, we’d love to hear what you have to say.

Submissions will be judged on:

Written submissions should be between 500 and 1,000 words; video submissions should be between 30 and 90 seconds with a one- to two-paragraph description with your entry.

The first-place winner will receive a one-time $1,000 educational scholarship. Additionally, there will be two second-place educational awards of $500 each. Funds are provided by Punchkick Interactive. Payments issued by Punchkick Interactive are made payable to the student’s approved college or university and mailed after 08/15/2016 directly to the accredited college or university designated by the student.

Written and visual submissions should be sent by August 1, 2016 at midnight to [email protected] as attachments (Word, Pages, or PDF format) with the subject line “Programming as a Second Language Scholarship Entry.”

For audio and video submissions, entrants should email the above email address with the link to the video or audio file on YouTube, Vimeo, or Soundcloud. You may make the video or audio file private on YouTube, Vimeo, or Soundcloud and provide any necessary passwords. Please make sure to include your full contact details and the name of your college or university. No payment or purchase required to enter.


To apply for the scholarship, applicants must be a student currently enrolled or accepted at a two-year or four-year college or university in the United States.

Incoming Freshmen

Applicant must be a current student, have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale, and have taken either the ACT or SAT test.

Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors


The winners must be actively enrolled full-time as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior for the 2016–2017 semester and for the entire academic year without interruption, barring illness, emergency, or military service. It is the recipient’s responsibility to verify receipt of funds with his or her designated institution and notify Punchkick Interactive with any issues that may arise. Punchkick Interactive reserves the right to alter or discontinue this program at any time without notice.


The winners will be selected by the Punchkick Interactive team after the deadline of 08/01/2016. Applicants are judged on quality and thoughtfulness of entries. The winners will be announced on 08/15/2016.


The institution must be accredited and listed on the official website of the U.S. Department of Education. All school transfers are subject to accreditation approval.


By submitting an entry to this competition, you agree that all essay submissions will become the property of Punchkick Interactive and may be used in marketing materials, reposted or displayed online in whole or partial form without notification.