Doodle for Google Competition 3/18 1PP Students K-12

Kids! Use your imagination to create a Google Doodle based on what inspires you and you could win a $5,000 or $30,000 college scholarship. National Finalists win an Android tablet.

Students can work with any materials they want, but all doodles must be entered using the entry form. Parents and teachers can mail us the completed entry form or submit it online as a .png, or .jpg.

How to Enter: Follow the instructions that appear on the “How it Works” tab. You will be requested to download and complete a one-page official entry form with: a doodle that reflects Entrant’s creative interpretation of the Contest theme “When I grow up, I hope…” incorporating the letters from the Google logo; all information at the bottom of the Entry Form including parents consent; and a descriptive artist statement of fifty words or less and in English. Entry Forms can only be submitted by parents, guardians, teachers, non-profit leaders, and afterschool programs on behalf of Entrants.

Once the Entry Form is fully completed, it should be printed on a light colored 8.5″x11″ sheet of paper and signed by a parent/legal guardian. The completed Entry Form can be submitted virtually via a digital upload tool on the site, or as a hard copy by mail.

Mail: To submit an entry in hard-copy form, the entry form must be mailed in an envelope (packaged carefully so it won’t be damaged) with proper postage affixed, to the following mailing address:

Regular U.S. Mail:
Doodle 4 Google (US)
Google LLC
P.O. Box 391840
Mountain View, CA 94039-9899

Overnight Mail (e.g. Courier service like FedEx, UPS, etc.)
Doodle 4 Google Contest (US)
Google LLC
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043

Entries received without a completed Entry Form or without a parent’s or legal guardian’s signature will be disqualified.

Submissions will be divided into five “Grade Groups” for judging:

  1. Grades K-3
  2. Grades 4-5
  3. Grades 6-7
  4. Grades 8-9
  5. Grades 10-12


  • Doodles that are not original works and doodles that contain logos will be disqualified.
  • Only one application per student. Only the first doodle entered for each student will be considered, and any additional doodles will be disqualified.

Judging Criteria: Artistic skills; creativity and originality – considering the representation of the Contest theme “When I grow up, I hope…”, and use of the Google logo, as well as the unique and novel approach to the doodle; communication of the Contest theme in both the drawing and supporting statement – how well the Entrant explains what “When I grow up, I hope…?” in the supporting statement and drawing; adherence to the Doodle Requirements and these Rules.

Google has hired a third-party administrator Cogs & Marvel USA Inc to help manage and judge submissions.

Doodles will be judged on the following parameters:

  • Artistic merit:
    Based on artistic skill
  • Creativity:
    Representation of the contest theme, use of the letters in the Google logo, and the unique approach to the doodle
  • Theme communication:
    How well the contest theme is expressed in both the artwork and the written statement

From among the 53 State and territory winners, total of five national finalists (one per grade group) will be selected. First, the public will vote on the doodles. Online public voting will last for a period of 5 days, from June 3, 2019, 9:00am PST to June 7, 2019 9:00pm PST.

Voting Period: At the completion of the public voting period, the panel of Google doodler artists along with the guest judges will consider the amount of votes that each of the 53 State and Territory Winners received, as well as the Criteria. They will then give each of the State and Territory Winners a score.  The top-five State and Territory Winners (one per Grade Group) will be named as “National Finalists”.   By applying the Criteria, a panel of Google Employees will then choose one National Winner from among the five National Finalists.

Only one (1) Entrant from each state can move forward as a State or Territory Winner.

Finalists will be judged on a state-by-state basis:

  • State and Territory Winners:
    10 or more winners for each grade group, 53 in total
  • National Finalists:
    1 finalist for each grade group, 5 in total
  • National Winner:
    Featured on

Competition Levels

53 State and Territory Winners: The Guest Judges and Google Doodlers will select the best doodle from each of the 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam as the State and Territory Winners. These 53 State and Territory Winners will be displayed in an online gallery on the Doodle for Google website.

Five National Finalists: For a period of 5 days the U.S. public will vote for their favorite doodle from the 53 State and Territory Winners. These votes will help determine the National Finalists.

One National Winner: A panel of Google executives will choose one of the five National Finalists and announce the National Winner the first week of June.

National Prize (1): A $30,000 college scholarship (managed by Scholarship America) to be used at the school of their choice; a trip to San Francisco area (retail value approximately $1,500); $50,000 in value towards the establishment/improvement of a computer lab or a technology program for the U.S. School where the Entrant is enrolled, or a registered non-profit of which the winner is a participant at as indicated on the Entry Form (homeschools and students of U.S. Foreign Service Person abroad are ineligible for the $50,000 technology award toward establishment/improvement of a computer lab); a Chromebook (retail value approximately $299); an Android tablet (retail value approximately $300). The National Winner’s doodle will be placed on by the end of 2019 in the United States for one day. If the National Winner is enrolled in a homeschool, the homeschool will receive a $5,000 technology stipend (issued in the form of a check), and the National Winner may donate $45,000 in value towards the establishment/improvement of a computer lab or a technology program for a public library, non-profit, or public school in their community that meets Google’s criteria for awards. All non-profits must be registered and official 501(c)(3) organizations. Google at its sole discretion may determine that an organization is ineligible to receive a prize. If an organization is determined to be not eligible, Entrant’s school may be considered.

National Finalist Prize (4): A $5,000 college scholarship (managed by Scholarship America) to be used at the school of their choice, a trip to Google headquarters (retail value $1500), a Chromebook (retail value approximately $399), and an Android tablet (retail value approximately $300).

Forty-eight State and Territory Winners (who did not become National Finalists): an Android tablet. ARV: $300

Official Rules: Open to US, enrolled in a private or public elementary or secondary school (grades K-12) or a home school (grades K-12) in the United States, a United States Territory in Puerto Rico, Guam and Washington, D.C., a student of a U.S. Service Person serving abroad; and have obtained a parent’s or legal guardian’s prior permission. Begins on January 7, 2019 and ends on March 17, 2019 at 8:00pm Pacific Time (PT). Entry Limit: one entry per person.

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