New York, NY (May 27, 2009)—To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s perennial bestseller Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, Random House Children’s Books has established its first college scholarship and will award one 2010 graduating high school senior $5,000 toward post-secondary education, it was announced today by Chip Gibson, President and Publisher, Random House Children’s Books.
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 over 8.5 million copies and become the quintessential gift for graduates of all ages—from preschool to high school to college and beyond.
In the spirit of Dr. Seuss’s joyous ode to personal fulfillment and its enduring message about life’s ups and downs, high school seniors will be asked to describe in an essay the opportunities and challenges that they think their education will present to them in the future.
Applications for the scholarship are now available online and will be accepted through February 15, 2010. The winner will be announced and posted by May 1, 2010, on the Random House, Inc., Web site www.ohtheplaces.org. Visit the site for complete scholarship details.
"Children that grew up reading Dr. Seuss can connect with the genius of his writing in a new way through this scholarship," said Gibson. "And we are thrilled to support their college endeavors."
In what would be the last book of an extraordinary career, Theodor Geisel—better known as Dr. Seuss —created one of his most powerful works. Dr. Seuss’s editor, Janet Schulman, recalls her surprise when she received Oh, the Places You’ll Go! from him. "We were amazed when he said that he had a book for us. We had no clue he was working on anything and suddenly we had this complete book." In Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, he stated his philosophy on life more completely than ever before. Dr. Seuss died in 1991, just one year after the book's publication, leaving a legacy with generations of readers that continues to inspire today.