RANDOM HOUSE CHILDREN’S BOOKS AND DR. SEUSS ENTERPRISES ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF THE SECOND ANNUAL OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
New York, NY (May 2, 2011)—Random House Children’s Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises have selected Tiffany Wu, from Downer’s Grove, Illinois, a senior at Downer’s Grove South High School, as the winner of its annual Oh, the Places You’ll Go! College Scholarship; it was announced today by Chip Gibson, President and Publisher, Random House Children’s Books. Her winning essay was entitled “Supplies for Success” and she will receive $10,000 toward her postsecondary education, which she will pursue at Northwestern University.
Random House received nearly 10,000 entries for the scholarship, which was established in 2010 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s perennial bestseller. The winner was selected by a panel of judges, including representatives from Random House, Dr. Seuss Enterprises L.P., and Mary Clark, from the Greenwich Country Day School.
In the spirit of Dr. Seuss’s joyous ode to personal fulfillment and its enduring message about life’s ups and downs, for the 2011 Oh, the Places You’ll Go! College Scholarship, high school seniors were asked to write a letter to a person who needs inspiration in his or her life. Tiffany’s letter, addressed to her younger brother, lists five essential “supplies” necessary for his journey to success—a coin, gum, binoculars, bandaids and sturdy shoes—with advice to go along with each, including “There are those who watch life go by, and there are those who make dreams reality. Be the latter.”
Upon its publication in 1990, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! was an immediate success, embraced enthusiastically for its wonderfully wise outlook on life and for encouraging the potential that lies within us all. This remarkable book has since sold more than 10 million copies and become the quintessential gift for graduates of all ages—from preschool to high school to college and beyond.
Random House Children’s Books is the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books, novels, and ebooks, the imprints of Random House Children’s Books bring together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series. The company’s website, Kids @ Random (RandomHouse.com/kids) offers an array of activities, games, and educational resources for children, teens, parents, and educators. Random House Children’s Books is a division of Random House, Inc., whose parent company is Bertelsmann AG, a leading international media company.
The primary focus of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. is to protect the integrity of the Dr. Seuss books while expanding beyond books into ancillary areas. This effort is a strategic part of the overall mission to nurture and safeguard the relationship consumers have with Dr. Seuss characters. Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) said he never wanted to license his characters to anyone who would “round out the edges.” That is one of the guiding philosophies of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. Audrey S. Geisel, the widow of Dr. Seuss, heads Dr. Seuss Enterprises as President.