Productivity Could Pay Off in More Ways Than One for College Students Enrolled for Fall 2010

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Direct Textbook to Award $1000 and $250 Scholarships to Deserving College Students Who Share Insights on the Role of Productivity in Success in Higher Education

We believe that being productive is a virtue

Since its launch in 2002, Direct Textbook has remained committed to helping parents and students save significantly on college textbooks. This year, the company is going a step further to help lessen the burden of college expenses by launching its first essay contest on the topic of productivity. The grand prize winner will receive a $1000 scholarship. The runner-up will receive a $250 scholarship.

"A famous author and personal development expert once said that productivity 'is always the result of commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort,'" said Chris Lindgren, president. "This is the recipe for success at the university level, and we want to not only champion this philosophy, but reward students who are shining examples of what can be accomplished when you're focused, committed and highly productive."

To enter Direct Textbook's essay contest, students must submit a 500-word essay that answers the question, "What does productivity mean to you?" Students should provide specific examples of ways in which they are productive, and how their productivity has led to successful outcomes in their academic careers and other areas of their lives.

All submitted essays will be evaluated by Chris Lindgren, president of Direct Textbook and other members of the company's executive staff. Participants will be judged on their ability to convey their ideas with clarity, conviction and passion.

To enter, participants should be a legal resident of the United States, enrolled in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university for Fall 2010, and have a current G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher. The contest is open to all majors.

"We believe that being productive is a virtue," said Lindgren. "We've launched this contest in an effort to raise student awareness of the role and value of productivity in their lives, and we look forward to awarding two deserving students with scholarships to help further their education."

To enter Direct Textbook's first essay contest, visit Entries will be accepted until July 10. Winners will be selected and announced by August 1.

About Direct Textbook

First launched in 2002, Direct Textbook helps parents and students search more than 200 online bookstores for used textbooks, saving them money and time. The company has helped more than one million parents and students get more for their used books with its college textbook buyback price search, and save up to 90 percent on textbook purchases. Visit for more information.

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