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Thumbtack Pro Scholarship

Thumbtack is building the world’s largest local services marketplace. We’re an online service that connects people with experienced local professionals to help them accomplish millions of projects each year. 250,000 small business professionals actively use Thumbtack each quarter, across nearly 1,000 categories from house remodeling to event planning, music lessons to personal training. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in San Francisco, Thumbtack has raised almost $300 million from Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global Management, Javelin Investment Partners, and Google Capital.

We’re transforming local services and empowering the small businesses and independent professionals that are the economic engines of our communities. We’re dedicated to their success and to building opportunities for more individuals to become independent professionals and entrepreneurs - as well as to helping consumers hire the best professionals for things they want to accomplish, from home improvement to wellness, events, lessons, and everything in between.

One step we’re taking to further this commitment is offering a $2,500 scholarship to individuals enrolling in or continuing to pursue education opportunities that enable them to:

  • Develop skills relevant to running a small service business
  • Master a trade that is currently offered on Thumbtack
  • Improve and expand their knowledge of entrepreneurship

Whether you’re enrolling in school for the first time, continuing your ongoing education, or stepping back into the classroom for the first time in years, we want to hear your stories.

The scholarship will be awarded to an individual who demonstrates this commitment by chasing their passion to learn a new trade that they can turn into a business, learning fundamental business skills such as marketing and accounting, or deepening their knowledge and capabilities to improve public policy and foster an environment that better serves small business owners and independent professionals.

HOW TO APPLY To apply, you ​must

  1. Take ​a ​video ​of ​yourself ​that includes:

    1. Your ​name and ​college

    2. Talk ​about ​what ​business ​or ​service ​you ​want ​to ​offer ​in ​the ​future -- this ​can ​be ​anything ​from ​your ​own ​web ​design ​business, ​to ​becoming ​a ​dog trainer, ​etc. How do you envision using your education to start a small business or enable more individuals to start their own businesses and become independent professionals?

    3. Post ​the ​video ​to ​Facebook, Twitter ​and/or ​Instagram, ​tag ​@thumbtack, ​and ​use ​hashtag #ThumbtackScholarshipContest

  2. Fill out the Thumbtack Scholarship Entry Form with a link to this video.

DEADLINE

Video entries will be accepted starting January 23 at 12:01am, and all ​video ​entries ​must ​be posted ​no ​later ​than ​June 1, ​2018 at 11:59pm. ​Thumbtack will select and notify the winner via email on or before June 8, 2018.

ELIGIBILITY

  • You must currently be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or vocational program, or be planning to enroll in an undergraduate, graduate or vocational program during the 2018-2019 academic program in the United States.

  • You must be pursuing a degree that enables you or others in your communities to learn a new trade, develop skills or start a small business.

THUMBTACK PRO SCHOLARSHIP TERMS & CONDITIONS

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES TO WIN. THIS CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

You agree to be bound by these Thumbtack Pro Scholarship Terms and Conditions (the "Rules"). Applications and video submissions are subject to the Thumbtack Terms of Use, including all other Thumbtack policies incorporated therein. Information submitted in connection with the application is subject to the Thumbtack Privacy Policy.

SPONSOR. The Sponsor of the Thumbtack Pro Scholarship ("Scholarship Contest") is Thumbtack, Inc., located at 1355 Market Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94103. The Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

ELIGIBILITY. To participate or win, participants must be registered users of Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram; at least eighteen (18) years old; and a legal resident of one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia. You must currently be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or vocational program, or be planning to enroll in an undergraduate, graduate or vocational program during the 2018-2019 academic program at an accredited career college, technical school or two- or four-year college or university in the United States. You must be pursuing a degree that enables you or others in your communities to learn a new trade, develop skills or start a small business. Employees and affiliates of Thumbtack and members of their immediate families, and persons residing at the same address as Thumbtack employees or affiliates, are not eligible to participate in the Scholarship Contest.

HOW TO APPLY. Participants may enter the Scholarship Contest beginning at January 23, 2018 at 12:01 am and ending at 11:59 pm on June 1, 2018 by: (1) taking a video that includes (a) your name and college; (b) a discussion ​of ​what ​business ​or ​service ​you ​want ​to ​offer ​in ​the ​future -- this ​can ​be ​anything ​from ​your ​own ​web ​design ​business, ​to ​becoming ​a ​dog trainer, ​etc. How do you envision using your education to start a small business or enable more individuals to start their own businesses and become independent professionals?; and (c) post ​the ​video ​to your personal ​Facebook, Twitter ​and/or ​Instagram accounts made available to the public, ​tag ​@thumbtack, ​and ​use ​hashtag #ThumbtackScholarshipContest. (d) Fill out the Scholarship Entry Form.

WINNER SELECTION: A committee comprised of Thumbtack employees will select a recipient based on: commitment to goals (50%); creativity and inspiration (50%). The committee’s decision is final and binding. All submissions received prior to 11:59 pm on June 1, 2018 will be eligible for consideration unless otherwise excluded as provided in these Rules.

PROHIBITED CONTENT. Submissions must be the original work of the participants and not violate the rights of any other party, including but not limited to intellectual property rights or rights of privacy/publicity. Submissions must NOT contain: (a) advertising or commercial content for any party other than Thumbtack; (b) content that endorses/promotes illegal or harmful activity; (c) violent, profane, vulgar, obscene or defamatory material; or (d) adult material. Thumbtack reserves the right to disqualify any submission that violates these prohibitions, or which Thumbtack deems inappropriate for any reason, in Thumbtack’s sole discretion.

LICENSE. Every entry submitted becomes the exclusive property of Thumbtack. By making a submission, participants grant Thumbtack a worldwide royalty-free license to use, reproduce, distribute, transmit, publish or display the submission, with or without modifications, in any media for any purpose, including to promote, market or advertise the Platform or Pro Services.

PRIZE. Winner will be given a $2,500 scholarship. The scholarship award will be non-transferable and will be made in the form of a check, which winner agrees will be used for tuition or tuition-related expenses. To receive the award, the winner must provide proof of current enrollment at an eligible institution, and may be required to provide an affidavit stating how funds will be used. All taxes and other expenses related to any award are the sole responsibility of the Scholarship Contest winner.

NOTIFICATION/ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS.One Scholarship Contest winner will be selected. Thumbtack will notify the winner via email by June 8, 2018. If a winner fails to respond within 48 hours, he or she may be disqualified, and the prize may be awarded to an alternate winner. If another winner is selected, any previously selected winners will have no rights to the Scholarship, or any other Contest benefits. This process may be repeated until the Scholarship has been awarded to a fully-qualifying entrant.

A winner will be disqualified for any of the following reasons: failure within 48 hours of being notification to provide proof of identity, any required affidavit, or any requested tax forms (including IRS W-9 form); or violations, as determined in Thumbtack’s sole discretion, of the submission or eligibility rules. In such cases, an alternate winner will be selected.

PRIZE CONDITIONS. The prize is provided as-is, with no warranty or guarantee. All applicable laws and regulations apply, including but not limited to tax laws. Thumbtack may require the winner to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release and a publicity release where permitted by law, as well as provide information necessary for compliance with any applicable tax laws. Refusal or inability to sign and return such forms within 48 hours of notification may result in disqualification and award of prize to an alternate winner.

GENERAL LIABILITY RELEASE. By entering this Scholarship Contest, participants release Thumbtack, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram from any liability whatsoever, on any theory, and waive all claims and causes of action arising from or related to this Scholarship Contest. Thumbtack is not responsible for technical, hardware, software or telephone failures of any kind lost or unavailable network connections, fraud, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions, whether caused by Thumbtack, users or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of submissions which may damage a user's system or limit a user's ability to participate in this Scholarship Contest.

INTERPRETATIONS AND DISPUTES. Participants agree to be bound by these Rules and all decisions of Thumbtack in Thumbtack’s sole discretion. Any disputes shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, and shall be resolved in the courts in San Francisco, California.

MISCELLANEOUS. The Contest is void where prohibited. If provisions of these Rules are held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the remaining provisions shall continue in full force. Thumbtack may suspend, modify or terminate the Scholarship Contest or a participant or voter’s participation if it believes, in its sole discretion that a disruption will impair the administration of the Scholarship Contest, in which case the prize will be awarded among the eligible entries unaffected by the disruption, if possible. Questions may be sent to support@thumbtack.com or to the mailing address shown above, attn Thumbtack Scholarship Contest.