The “Shark Tank” style scholarship competition for local high school students who have an innovative idea to tackle an environmental problem facing our region is back! The Carolina Eco-Innovators Scholarship Competition is sponsored by Bank of America. Applicants are invited to choose a topic or problem from one of the participating environmental organizations and propose a plan to address the issue. Submissions will include a written and a video component. The finalists will work with a mentor from their corresponding nonprofit to prepare a final presentation of their plan. Final presentations will be held on stage in front of an audience and a panel of judges, who will determine the winners of the scholarships. The final event will be hosted in March.
High school students that are residents of Alexander, Catawba, Lincoln, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Rowan, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Union, and Stanly counties in North Carolina and York, Lancaster, Chester counties in South Carolina are eligible to compete.
Students will choose a topic or problem that one of the partners have submitted and develop a solution that they believe the organization could implement to help solve the problem. The idea submission may be research-based, involve coding and database creation, revolve around a built solution, or be a public awareness campaign to make a concern or issue more relatable and relevant; the possibilities are endless.
The written component must be saved in a .pdf file format. The video must be uploaded to a video service that does not require additional permissions or passwords to view and then provide the video link within the application submission. For example, the video may be uploaded to YouTube (it may be unlisted) or Vimeo. Do not use a private Google Drive link that requires permissions to view. Students are welcome to submit multiple applications, but only one (1) idea submission per topic or problem. The submission period is open through January 31st. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.