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OCC Grand Prize, Season 7!

This year, the Grand Prize for OCC Season 7 is divided into three major awards, granted to the top poverty-fighting schools throughout the year.

1. ONE Student Advisory Board.

The top four point-earning schools each semester will earn a spot on ONE’s exclusive Student Advisory Board. Winning campuses will send a representative to Washington during the Summer of 2014 to serve as part of this select leadership team. In addition, eight students from any school will be selected for the Student Advisory Board based on an application process and their OCC Season 7 performance. While in D.C., students will hear from high profile guests, help the ONE Campus team plan for OCC Season 8, and join us for an action-packed weekend in the capitol with the cool surprises you’ve come to expect from ONE.

2. ONE Campus Grant for $1000

The top school from each semester of OCC Season 7 will receive $1,000 for their ONE chapter to use as they grow their presence on campus and build a movement of students, faculty, and friends committed to ending extreme poverty by 2030. This grant will be awarded in addition to the top school’s guaranteed spot on ONE’s Student Advisory Board.

Exclusive Screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

As part of a special partnership with the Weinstein Company, the top ten schools at the close of Challenge 2 (November 10, 11:59pm EST) will receive an opportunity to host a special pre-release screening of the upcoming film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on their campus or in their community between December 2-8. The film, which stars Idris Elba, who also appeared in ONE's PSA on the 2011 famine in Somalia, is already receiving Oscar buzz and the filmmakers have worked closely with the family of Nelson Mandela to tell this story of his life.

With the help of the ONE Campus team, these top ten schools will have the exclusive opportunity to share Nelson Mandela’s powerful story as an anti-apartheid revolutionary with their campus. ONE Campus and the filmmakers will work with the winning schools to create unique media opportunities and to execute the screenings of this film that will powerfully illustrate the fight for justice and equality that is central to ONE’s mission.

Past Winners

Check out past winners of the ONE Campus Challenge below.

2013: UTEP, Arizona & Carthage


University of Texas – El Paso, University of Michigan, University of Arizona and Carthage College took home top prize for our 2013 season. ONE members from these schools joined students from the first semester’s winners (BYU Hawaii and University of Virginia) in Washington D.C., for a grand prize experience. They also made up members of out student advisory committee (see below).


2012: Florida and Washington!

University of Florida and University of Washington, Seattle

The University of Florida and University of Washington, Seattle took the top spots for parts I and II of Season 5 of the ONE Campus Challenge. They joined our second and third place winners from both semesters at the legendary Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee for four action packed days of ONE recruiting and awesome musical performances. University of Washington secured the winning spot with over 100 photo petitions to President Obama, 200 phones collected for health care workers in Kenya, and a creative, educational PSA to world leaders urging them to support smart development programs. University of Florida took the lead for Part 1 with their impressively poignant Tumblr blog highlighting their experience living on $1.50/day and hundreds of letters and phone calls to Congress and the Obama Administration.


2011: University of Michigan

University of Michigan

The University of Michigan won OCC for a second year in a row, winning a trip to DC for their top students and a quick meeting with Bono in Philadelphia to share their successful campaign efforts. Throughout the year, they gathered 885 letters, 116 phone calls, and 150 petition signatures, and successfully rallied more than 1,150 voices in the fight against global hunger. They also creatively distributed 1,000 custom ONE coffee sleeves, held an impressive educational dinner and hosted a karaoke night.


2010: University of Michigan

University of Michigan

The University of Michigan took the top spot in 2010, focusing much of the season on issues of maternal and child health. In addition to a petition shaped like a giant Africa map, the chapter successfully logged 78 calls to Congress, 78 handwritten letters to Michigan Senators Levin and Stabenow, and an astounding 789 letters to Congress. For the grand prize, ONE at UMich received $10,000 to donate to the ONE partner organization of their choice. They promptly decided on Carolina for Kibera, a small nonprofit in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya - the largest slum in East Africa.


2009: Wofford College

Wafford College

Wofford College was the big OCC winner in 2009. Their project, titled "ONE Week to Change the World," included discussions about ONE's issues in 29 classes across 10+ majors, a rally and trivia night, an art contest, a film screening, outreach to sports teams, an interfaith ONE Sabbath event, a panel discussion on trade and microcredit, partnerships with several other campus groups, fundraising for three charities and advocacy work on two different pieces of legislation. For their hard work, Wofford was treated to a concert on campus by Vampire Weekend and a special visit from the ONE bus, packed with ONE gear and ONE staff.


2008: Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky

In the inaugural season of OCC, Western Kentucky took first place with their focus on making poverty history.  WKU dedicated ONE day of action where they wrote more than 300 letters to lawmakers, got 2,000 WKU students to sign the ONE declaration asking our nation’s leaders to come up with additional solutions to extreme poverty, held a rally and rung the bell tower on their campus every three seconds for a minute to recognize that a child dies every three seconds from poverty.  For their grand prize, WKU won a special performance from Army of Me and Georgie James on their campus.