Join hundreds of teams from across the University of Maryland as they Do Good for today’s most pressing social issues.

2019 Dates & Deadlines

  • March 31, 11:59pm: Applications Due

  • April 5: Semi-Finalists Notified

  • April 11: Semi-Finals

  • April 12: Finalists Notified

  • April 25: Do Good Challenge Finals


Judges select six prize winners (3 for each track):

  • 1st Place: $5,000

  • 2nd Place: $2,500

  • 3rd Place: $1,000

Audience members select two prize winners:

  • Finalist Audience Choice Award: $2,500

  • Showcase Audience Choice Award: Varies

How It Works

  • Step 1 | Register Your Team: Before submitting your application, you must register for the Do Good Challenge. You will submit a team profile with your logo, team members, and a description of your project or venture. Each team profile is posted to our website. Register here and check out registration profiles of current and alumni teams here.

  • Step 2 | Submit Application: How did you Do Good? In late spring, submit an application with your project or venture accomplishments, activities, and impact. The application includes information about your team type, team track, social issue, and activities. Applications are evaluated and scored by a panel of reviewers. Submit your application here before March 31.

  • Step 3 | Present at Semi-Finals: From nearly 100 applications, a select number of teams are chosen to advance to Semi-Finals to deliver a brief presentation followed by a Q&A. Semi-finalists are evaluated and scored by a panel of judges.

  • Step 4 | Pitch at Finals: This exciting and inspiring event features six final teams pitching their impact to a panel of expert judges and an audience of hundreds. Semi-finalists are invited to attend the reception Showcase. RSVP now for the 2019 Do Good Challenge Finals on April 25 at 7pm in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be a currently enrolled student at the University of Maryland.

  • Applicants may apply as an individual or a team. Teams may be a new or existing (such as student organizations, fraternities or sororities, or academic programs).

  • Teams must have a designated Team Leader. Team Leaders must be a full or part-time degree-seeking students at the University of Maryland.

  • Team Leaders will be the main contact person for all ​Do Good communications​, notifications, and questions. ​Team Leaders will take primary responsibility for receiving and responding to all correspondence.

  • Applicants proposals, projects, or ventures must be student-led and student-run.  Faculty, staff, and external partners are encouraged to serve strictly as advisors or mentors.

  • Teams are encouraged to incorporate members and/or mentors from different colleges or schools. Where appropriate, teams should consider mentors that represent community partners or industry experts with unique knowledge and experience in the field related to the proposal, project, or venture.

  • Applicants authorize the Do Good Institute to edit and publish proposal, project, or venture information – including team member information (including names, majors, and other affiliations), impact data, photos, videos, testimonials, and success stories – in web and printed materials. Some teams may be profiled on the Do Good Institute website and may appear in Do Good Institute and University of Maryland publications and other promotional materials.

Contact Us

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