"Her creative use of the Google letters to illustrate this heartfelt moment clearly resonated with voters across the country and all of us at Google," wrote Google's Ryan Germick in a blog post Wednesday. The finalists were selected by Google employees and a panel of guest judges, with the ultimate winner being chosen by the U.S. public through online voting. This year's guest judges included Katie Couric, Brian Henson of The Jim Henson Company, and "Adventure Time" creator Pendleton Ward, among others.
Brady's Doodle, perhaps the most heartwarming incarnation of a multinational's corporate logo ever, will appear on the Google homepage all day Thursday, and she will be awarded a $30,000 college scholarship. Google is also giving her school a $50,000 technology grant. Four national finalists will receive college scholarships worth $5,000.