Apply to the OZY Genius Awards for college students to pursue your dreams

Are you a genius, or do you know one on campus? OZY is selecting ten college students to receive grants of up to $10,000 to help them pursue their dreams. The contest has just launched and applications are open until April 30, 2021. If you have a big idea you want OZY to get behind, here is a chance for funding and incredible media exposure.

The OZY Genius Awards will also pair you with a mentor who will help launch your project. This year’s judges include a field of experts from TV host Padma Lakshmi to investor Marc Lasry, to activist and former NBA star Jalen Rose.

The competition runs through April 30, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PT. Get your application in early to get noticed.  Winners will be announced on the weekend of May 15-16, 2021.

OZY is known for identifying talent.  For example, Amanda Gorman, who gained acclaim for her poem at the 2021 presidential inauguration was first an OZY Genius Award winner.

OZY) is an international media and entertainment company launched by former CNN and MSNBC news anchor, journalist, and businessman Carlos Watson and Goldman Sachs alumnus Samir Rao.  

With headquarters is in Mountain View, California, and an office in New York City, it is a digital media platform that includes a digital magazine that profiles rising stars and trends, a daily newsletter, content partnerships with other leading publications, daily news podcasts, special feature podcasts hosted on the iHeart Media podcast network, and non-fiction television shows for networks including Hulu, Amazon Prime, PBS, BBC Worldwide, A&E and History.  It also produces talk-show and town-hall formats, all hosted by Watson, including Emmy-nominated Black Women OWN the Conversation, produced for the Oprah Winfrey Network. The Carlos Watson Show, which airs on YouTube, was named the “fastest-growing talk show in YouTube history” by Good Morning America.

Watch the inspiring OXY Genius Awards application video here.

Apply for an award here.

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