11-year-old wins $100,000 scholarship and grants from Google for a doodle


Google received more than 100,000 submissions this year from kids Grades K to 12 across all US states in its seventh annual Doodle 4 Google competition.

Google 4 Doodle 2014  state winners group photo

From those entries were picked 250 state finalists, 50 state winners, and five national age group winners.

Doodle 4 Google national winners 2014

The public voted to choose the 2014 U.S. Doodle 4 Google winner from the five finalists.

The theme for this year’s Doodle for Google competition was “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place…

The importance of a doodle, according to Google
Before there was an airplane, there were doodles of cool flying machines. And before there was a submarine, there were doodles of magical underwater sea explorers. Since the beginning of time, ideas big and small, practical and playful, have started out as doodles.

The winner of this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition voted by the general public from the five national finalists was Audrey Zhang, 11, from New York.

Audrey’s doodle was an intricately drawn version of the Google logo shows an unusual water purifier, surrounded by a variety of mythical creatures.


Audrey got to animate her Doodle and see it on the Google homepage on 9 June 2014.

“To make the world a better place, I invented a transformative water purifier,” explained Audrey.

“It takes in dirty and polluted water from rivers, lakes, and even oceans, then massively transforms the water into clean, safe and sanitary water, when humans and animals drink this water, they will live a healthier life.”

Every year we do this, and every year we’re amazed. The thousands of young Doodlers who enter the contest are annual reminders of that special combination of curiosity and imagination that seems to come only from young people. Their ideas — like Audrey’s — inspire us to do more and be better.
Liat Ben-Rafael
Doodle 4 Google Programme Manager

As the winner, Audrey also received a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for her school. In addition, Google donated $40,000 in her name to charity:water to provide clean water to schools in Bangladesh.

Useful links:

  1. 250 state finalists of the Doodle 4 Google 2014 competition
  2. National grade winners


It is inspiring to see the world’s most prime real estate online – the Google home page – being offered to creative kids with a theme that resonates with all of us.

Well done to the 100,000+ kids who participated and to Google for engaging young minds and offering amazing incentives and rewards, not just to the winner but also to their school and favourite charity.

We need to see more of such initiatives across different regions… in the Middle East too!

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