College Students Win Textbook Scholarships for Bringing Attention to Textbook Affordability

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Akademos / TextbookX awards 10 textbook scholarships in Facebook photo contest.

1st Place Winner - TextbookX Scholarship Contest

Students made it clear that more affordable textbooks will: lower student debt, make an education more affordable, give them the opportunity to start a career, and provide them with more money to do the things they are passionate about.

Akademos, an education technology company offering bookstore services, has recognized ten students at colleges across the country for their creativity in this year’s Akademos / TextbookX Textbook Scholarship Contest. The first place winner, three runner up winners, and six honorable mention winners all received a textbook scholarship to apply towards course materials for Fall 2013.

Students were asked to upload a photo reflecting what textbook affordability means to them. They made it clear that more affordable textbooks will lower student debt, make an education more affordable, give them the opportunity to start a career, and provide them with more money to do the things they are passionate about. Winners were chosen based on the individuality and thought behind the words and the creativity of the photo.

The scholarship contest winners were announced to coincide with Textbook Affordability Week, a period of time TextbookX predicts is the best time to find low-cost textbooks. After most college Spring terms end and right before Fall term starts, the market is flooded with used books that students have sold back into circulation as part of textbook buy-back initiatives, increasing inventory and decreasing costs. College students who buy earlier in the summer are more likely to find a good deal on their textbooks. Textbook Affordability Week was designed to educate students about the benefits of shopping for textbooks early.

Akademos / TextbookX Textbook Scholarship winners are listed below:

  •     1st Place ($1000 Textbook Scholarship) – Jeannette Herrera, California State University – Channel Islands
  •     Runner Up ($250 Textbook Scholarship) – Matthew Cottam, Wake Forest University
  •     Runner Up ($250 Textbook Scholarship) – Sara Marker, Phillips Graduate Institute
  •     Runner Up ($250 Textbook Scholarship) – Brandi Dority, Denver Seminary

Our honorable mention winners, awarded with a $10 textbook scholarship, were:

  •     Honorable Mention – Paige Anna, University of Kansas
  •     Honorable Mention – Max Neale, Denver Seminary
  •     Honorable Mention – Emily Ware, Mississippi State University
  •     Honorable Mention – Adan Ortiz, Idaho State University
  •     Honorable Mention – Blair Dupre, Community Christian School
  •     Honorable Mention – Ferdinand Feola, Valley Forge Christian College Graduate School

All of the winners' entries can be viewed here:

Akademos / TextbookX would like to thank all students for entering their Fall 2013 Textbook Scholarship Photo Contest. To stay updated on TextbookX Scholarships, like TextbookX on Facebook at

About TextbookX
TextbookX is an educational e-commerce site dedicated to finding students the lowest price for their books. TextbookX offers new, used, eBook and rental options to customers nationwide from a variety of sellers on the TextbookX Marketplace. The average savings on marketplace books is 60% off list price. TextbookX also offers students a year-round buyback program where they earn up to two times more than standard buyback prices. Shop or sell books back today at

About Akademos
Akademos offers virtual bookstore services, eLearning solutions, and an innovative textbook marketplace to schools. Its comprehensive supply-chain solution and commitment to responsive personal service make Akademos a leader in providing affordable textbooks and digital learning tools for schools. Students can choose from new, used, rental, and eBook options while schools can reduce costs and increase operating efficiency. Faculty can search, discover and adopt new texts using the Akademos Textbook Adoption Tool at Akademos delivers the right course materials, at affordable prices, on time. Learn more about Akademos’ direct-to-students ecommerce platform at and its offerings to partner schools at

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