Samuel Arnett’s YouTube video promoting Toyota’s College Graduate Rebate won him a new Toyota Corolla S.
From April 3 to May 8, grad students and recent college grads were asked to upload clips shorter than one minute, promoting the Toyota Financial Services’ College Rebate program. The public voted daily for favorites at which point the videos were viewed by a panel of independent judges who narrowed the list down to a final 10.
Arnett, who is graduate student at Stanford University, made the video with the help of his brother by collaborating over Skype.
The first runner up was Keaton Davis a recent graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He won $2,500 for his entry, “Pay it Forward.” Third place and $500 went to Karli Johnson from Northern Illinois University. The rebate they promoted allows for recent graduates to get $1,000 off their new Toyota or Scion provided excluding Highlander, a Sienna, any hybrid, a Tundra, Avalon, Venza, FJ Cruiser, 4Runner, Sequoia nor the Land Cruiser.
Arnett and his wife do not currently own a car but they are relocating to Monterey, Calif., so the car will help him with his new commute. He credits his win to Facebook for helping him get the word out to friends and family. “All in all everyone was really excited for me and hoping that I would get the car, and I’m really thankful for their support,” he said.
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