College Students Win Textbook Scholarships to Help Lower Cost of Education

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Akademos / TextbookX awards 9 textbook scholarships in Facebook photo contest: #BookShelfie.

Akademos, Inc., an education technology company offering bookstore services, has recognized nine students at colleges across the country for their creativity in this year’s Akademos / TextbookX Textbook Scholarship Contest. The first place winner, two runner-up winners, and six honorable mention winners all received a textbook scholarship to apply towards course materials for fall 2014.

To participate in the contest, students posed with their favorite book and submitted their self-taken photos with a creative caption to Facebook. After uploading their #BookShelfie —a play on the word “bookshelf” and the social media “selfie” trend— students encouraged friends and family to vote for their entry. The #BookShelfie with the most votes at the end of the contest period was the grand prize winner. The next two in line were announced as runner-ups in this year’s contest. Six students received honorable mentions, awarded for the individuality and creativity of their photo.

The scholarship contest winners were announced on August 12, during what Akademos has designated as “Textbook Affordability Week.” Textbook Affordability Week was developed to educate students about the benefits of shopping for textbooks early in the back to school shopping season, when prices are the most competitive. After most college spring terms end and right before fall term begins, the market is flooded with used books that students have sold back into circulation as part of textbook buy-back initiatives, thereby increasing inventory and decreasing book costs. College students who buy earlier in the summer are more likely to find discounts on textbooks.

The Akademos / TextbookX Textbook Scholarship winners are listed below:

  • Grand Prize Winner ($500 Textbook Scholarship) – Faizan Haque, University of California Irvine
  • Runner Up ($250 Textbook Scholarship) – Chrissi Lopez, Fort Myers Institute of Technology
  • Runner Up ($250 Textbook Scholarship) – Michelle Stock, Millikin University

Our honorable mention winners, awarded with a $25 textbook scholarship, were:

  • Honorable Mention – Holly Tidwell, Union College of Kentucky
  • Honorable Mention – Tori Thoutt, University of Northern Colorado
  • Honorable Mention – Tiffany Latshaw, Central College
  • Honorable Mention – Katie Perry, Columbia International University
  • Honorable Mention – Breanna Berry, Hamline University
  • Honorable Mention – Joy Law, Columbia International University

To view the entries, visit

Akademos / TextbookX would like to thank all students for entering their fall 2014 Textbook Scholarship Photo Contest. To stay updated on TextbookX Scholarship opportunities, 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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