The SAP Bill McDermott College Scholarship

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The SAP Bill McDermott Scholarship provides $25,000 in scholarship funds to select GENYOUth students who are in their junior or senior year of high school.

As a passionate believer in engaging up-and-coming leaders and entrepreneurs, SAP’s CEO Bill McDermott has helped to shape SAP’s commitment to equipping the world’s youth with the skills they need to tackle society’s challenges and thrive in the digital economy. In his honor, The Bill McDermott Scholarship recognizes youth social entrepreneurs who have demonstrated an immense work ethic, bravery and determination in achieving their goals and creating their own journey towards success.

Check out this video from our first three recipients finding out they won the scholarship in December 2016, and keep reading for information on how to apply this fall!


Application Guidelines

To enter, create a YouTube video between 45-60 seconds that tells your story and answers the question, “Tell us about a time when you had to demonstrate optimism, resilience and determination in order to tackle a challenge or solve a problem.”

Video Requirements

• Include your first name, city/state, and age VISUALLY in the beginning of the video

• Do not include your last name in the video section of your contest application.

• Videos can be any format (animations, interviews, photo slideshow, text, etc)

• Videos may not be shorter than 45 seconds and may not be longer than 60 seconds. Videos longer than 60 seconds will not be viewed.


  1. Review eligibility requirements and application questions
  2. Create your YouTube video!
  3. Then, click here to submit your application and the the link to your video by NOVEMBER 15, 2017.
  4. You will also need to submit answers to short questions at the same time:

Describe your goals for after high school. What do you want to achieve?

Explain and describe a time in your life when you overcame a challenge or solved a problem.

How will what you learned from this challenge help you achieve your future dreams?

Describe how participating in programs like AdCap or Fuel Up to Play 60 has impacted you and how you have helped to impact others.


To be eligible to apply for this scholarship in 2017, students must be a junior or senior in 2017-2018 and meet at least one of the following specifications:

Be a previous or current AdVenture Capital participant (have an approved Project Design with or without funding)


Be a Fuel Up to Play 60 Summit attendee


Be a highly qualified Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador (Level 3 or 4)

Click here to submit your application and the the link to your video by NOVEMBER 15, 2017!

Meet our 2016 Inaugural Winners!

$10,000 - Saira I., a 12th grader from Piscataway High School in NJ. Saira will be attending Rutgers University in Fall 2017, and was a Fuel Up to Play 60 Youth Council Leader and AdCap Winner. Click here to read Saira’s blog post on Saira will be studying computer science with a focus on software engineering.

$7,500 - Noa S., a 12th grader from Morse High School in Maine. Noa will be attending University of Michigan in Fall 2017 and was a Fuel Up to Play 60 Youth Council Leader and AdCap Winner. Click here to read Noa’s blog post on Noa will be studying a double major in Public Policy and in Communications and Media through Visual Arts

$7,500 - Madison D., an 11th grader from Westbrook High School in Maine. Madison is a Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassador and will be applying to colleges in the Fall of 2017. Click here to read Madison’s blog on