As part of our commitment to growing the next generation of small businesses,
Thumbtack has established the Thumbtack Schools-To-Skills Scholarship. The scholarship
provides assistance to a college or university student who is pursuing degrees in the
United States that enable them or others in their communities to learn a new trade,
develop skills or start a small business. The selected recipient will receive $5,000
for the 2016-2017 school year.
You must be 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 a full-time undergraduate, graduate or vocational
program, or be planning to enroll in a full-time undergraduate, graduate or
vocational program during the entirety of the 2016-2017 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 your 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, are not eligible to apply for the
How to apply:
Applications for the Scholarship are open from September 1, 2015 until January
31, 2016. Applications received after 11:59pm PT on January 31, 2016 will not be
To apply, submit essays in English of no more than 500 words about: (1) Share a
story with us about how a small business owner or independent professional had an
impact on you or someone you know; (2) 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?
Your essay and accompanying information must be submitted through the Scholarship
Entry Form page to be eligible.
You may only submit one Application per calendar year.
Applications must be submitted in accordance with any technical specifications
set forth in the application. Applications will automatically be declined if not
correctly completed and submitted. Thumbtack assumes no responsibility for any
failure to receive an Application as a direct or indirect result of a technical
problem or any kind of internet malfunction.
How Thumbtack will determine the scholarship winner:
A committee comprised of Thumbtack employees will select a recipient based on:
commitment to goals (50%); creativity and imagination (25%); and quality of writing
The committee’s decision is final and binding.
Notification, Payment and Payment Restrictions:
One scholarship winner will be selected.
The winner will be notified using the email address entered on the Entry Form
no later than March 1, 2016.
The scholarship award will be non-transferable and will be made in the form of a
check payable to the eligible institution of higher education attended by the
To receive the award, the winner must provide proof of current enrollment at an
No cash equivalent awards will be given; and the Scholarship may not be
transferred or exchanged for cash.
The Scholarship is a one-time award only.
If a winner fails to respond to Thumbtack’s attempts to notify them within 5
business days, an alternate winner will be selected.
A winner will be disqualified for any of the following reasons: failure within
fifteen business days 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.
The scholarship winner may be required to sign and return an affidavit of
eligibility and a publicity release where permitted by law, as well as provide
information necessary for compliance with any applicable tax laws. Failure to
comply may be grounds for disqualification.