HACC is joining in on a hidden cash fad that started with Twitter, but is now giving Yorkers the opportunity to find $1,000 in a tuition giveaway.

The fad started with a Twitter account, @HiddenCash, that tweets out clues for people in San Francisco, Calif., and other locations to find cash stashed in envelopes, plastic boxes and even paper-clipped to trees.

Sometimes people keep the money, other times they pay it forward to another person in need.

HACC has followed the fad and decided to include a twist: Instead of cash, the college is hiding a $1,000 tuition credit in each of the 10 counties of its service area, said Linnie Carter, HACC's vice president of college advancement and executive director of the HACC Foundation.

How it will work: The college will tweet out clues at 8 a.m. each day from Monday through July 25 on its account @HACC_info and from its college-wide Facebook page.

Community members can track the clues throughout the day using the Twitter hashtag #HACCtreasure.

If a Yorker sees a clue and knows where to find the giveaway, he or she would need to find the location and follow steps included, which in part will mean claiming the prize by posting a selfie or video to HACC's Facebook or Twitter pages.

Taking part in a "Hidden Cash" sort of giveaway gives the college a chance to offer educational opportunities in place of cash, Carter said in an email.

"It's an opportunity to support our communities and possibly transform lives," Carter added.


Who can win: The giveaways can't be tranferred to another person once the winner has claimed the giveaway, Carter said.

But the search is open to the public, so individuals do not need to be currently enrolled at HACC to participate.

Once the prize is claimed, the winner can use the $1,000 credit toward credit and non-credit courses HACC offers during the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters.

The prizes will also be located in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and Schuylkill counties.

The giveaways are sponsored by the HACC Foundation, according to a release from the college.

— Reach Nikelle Snader at nsnader@yorkdispatch.com.