If you're someone who "thinks outside of the box" and has led some kind of a project to prove it, you could be a good fit for awards that recognize students' innovations and drive to better their communities.
This week's Scholarship of the Week is the Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity from the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. The award won't be given based on your academic achievements or financial need as part of the application process (although financial need will play a part in determining how much funding you receive if you do win), but you will be asked to describe your creative problem solving skills in an essay. Previous winners, for example, have done some of the following: pioneered new designs for pulse jet engines, created a summer soccer program for pre-schoolers as an innovative way of supporting a local food bank, and created, produced, and directed a distinctive stage production about Black history and culture.
Prize: Three to five applicants will receive a maximum of $20,000 ($5,000 per year for up to four years).
Eligibility: Applicants must be exceptionally innovative and creative high school juniors and seniors or college freshmen from Connecticut or the New York City metropolitan area, or planning to attend a school in Connecticut or the New York City metropolitan area.
Deadline: April 12, 2010
Required Material: Interested applicants must complete the scholarship application available online, and mail it along with two letters of recommendation, a transcript of grades, financial information, and a letter of acceptance from their college (if applicable), to the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. The main part of the application form will ask applicants to write an essay on how they solved a scientific, artistic or technical problem in a new and unusual way, and whether they have come up with a distinctive and original solution to a problem faced by their school, community or family.
Further details about the application process can be found by conducting a free college scholarship search on Scholarships.com. Once the search is completed, students eligible for this scholarship award will find it in their search results.