Doodle 4 Google contest kicks off today, awards $30,000 scholarship

Google has launched its 2013 Doodle 4 Google contest, which invites students K through 12 in the United States to enter for a chance at a $30,000 scholarship. This year's theme? "My Best Day Ever..." The winning student will have his or her drawing displayed on the Google homepage in addition to the scholarship and grant awards.

The theme, according to Google, was selected as "something that encourages exploration to the past, present or future as well as showing moments or thoughts that range from very small and personal to broad and far reaching – maybe even out of this universe." Google has a ticker on its Doodle 4 Google page that counts down to the contest deadline, which is presently 67 days from now. Check out the video below for more info.

Google has partnered with the American Museum of Natural History for 2013's contest. With the partnership, an exhibition will be presented showcasing each state's winner in New York City from May 22 to July 14th. Those interested in submitting a doodle can download an entry form from the Doodle 4 Google website, and either upload the doodle online or mail it. Mailed entries must be received by March 22.

Doodle 4 Google began in 2008, and has taken place every year since then; likewise, there are various contests globally. In 2012, the search engine giant received 114,000 submissions, with the winner being 7-year-old Dylan Hoffman. In addition to having the artwork displayed on the Google homepage and receiving a $30,000 scholarship, the student's school will also be given a $50,000 grant.

[via Doodle4Google]