The College Board is hosting its annual Collegiance College Decision Day social media contest for the third year to celebrate college-bound students across the country.

Now until May 15, students who share a video, Boomerang or photo announcing their college decision with the hashtag #Collegiance on Instagram will be entered for a chance to win cash prizes. The 10 most creative entries nationally win $5,000 each for the best video. This year, by entering #CollegianceMS Mississippi students  can win an additional $1,000.

“We appreciate the College Board sharing in students’ excitement as they declare where they plan to attend college and especially for providing additional support for Mississippi students,” said Dr. Glenn Boyce, Commissioner of Higher Education. “We want to provide a seamless transition from high school to college and the College Board is a great partner in these efforts.”

The College Board, a not-for-profit organization, each year helps more than seven million students prepare for college through programs and services, including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program.

The College Board is providing the additional opportunity for Mississippi students in support of College Countdown MS.

College Countdown MS is part of the American College Application Campaign, a national effort that shares the goal of easing the admissions, financial aid and enrollment process for students, particularly first-generation and low-income students.

“At the College Board, we connect students to college opportunity and success,” said David Gupta, vice president, southern region, the College Board. “College Countdown MS has done an excellent job helping students on their path to higher learning. We’re excited to celebrate Mississippi students making their college decisions with #CollegianceMS.”

Partners in College Countdown MS include the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, the Mississippi Community College Board, the Mississippi Department of Education, State Office of Student Financial Aid, Mississippi Association of College Registrars and Admission Officers, the Get2College Program of WHEF Woodward Hines Education Foundation. The target areas for 2016-17 include Jackson Public Schools, the Delta, Meridian High School, New Albany High School and the Gulf Coast.

Click here to learn more about the pledge your Collegiance social media contest. More information on College Countdown MS is also available online.

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Ashley F. G. Norwood, a native of Jackson, earned a bachelor's degree in English from Jackson State University and a master’s degree from the Meek School of Journalism at the University of Mississippi. Norwood, who specializes in multimedia journalism, has been recognized nationally for her documentary film the fly in the buttermilk, which covers the history, perceptions and principles of black Greek-lettered organizations at the University of Mississippi.