February-May deadlines: DYCD Spotlight on Grants, Scholarships, and an Essay Contest

Grow to Learn Mini Grant
Receive up to $2,000 for your school garden! When you register your school garden with Grow to Learn you become eligible to receive materials and expert assistance from GreenThumb, and can also apply for a Grow to Learn Mini Grant of between $500 and $2,000 to start or expand your school garden. Grow to Learn has two funding cycles each year: Fall and Spring. The Fall Request for Proposals is typically open for applications from September to November, and the Spring Request for Proposals is open from January to February. Please submit your application by February 23, 2018.

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship

Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) is a company-sponsored employee network dedicated to supporting the continued growth and development of black employees at Microsoft Corporation. This year, BAM will award two US $5,000 scholarships to outstanding high school seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in technology. The scholarships are renewable, so winners who continue to meet the criteria can receive an annual $5,000 award for up to four years. To view the scholarship requirements and to apply for a BAM Scholarship, visit their website.

2018 National High School Essay Contest

The 2018 National High School Essay Contest has begun, and you have until March 15, 2018 to enter. This is the 20th year of this prestigious contest, which encourages high school students to think about important international issues and learn about one of America’s best kept secrets: The United States Foreign Service. This year, in a 1,000-1,250-word essay, identify two cases, one you deem successful and one you deem unsuccessful—where the U.S. pursued an integrated approach to build peace in a conflict-affected country. Analyze and compare these two cases, addressing the following questions:

What relative strengths did members of the Foreign Service and military actors bring to the table? What peacebuilding tools were employed? Ultimately, what worked or did not work in each case?
How was each situation relevant to U.S. national security interests?
What lessons may be drawn from these experiences for the pursuit of U.S. foreign policy more broadly?

For additional information, contact Perri Green at (202) 719-9700 or essaycontest@afsa.org.

Sweet and Simple Scholarship

Big things come in small packages and now, those simple gifts can really pay off in Unigo’s Sweet and Simple Scholarship! Think back to a time when you received a special gift that seemed so unassuming yet made such a strong impact in your life. Was it a present you could open in a box or a humble gesture from a stranger? Your gift will forever be priceless, but their Sweet and Simple Scholarship can help sweeten that present with a $1,500 award towards your college education.

Superpower Scholarship

Have you ever wondered where you’d go if you could fly around downtown? Or maybe you daydream of secretly taking over the world—to each his own. For all of those hero lovers and villain enthusiasts, this super scholarship can give you the power to win free college money. Use your imagination and become the superhero, or perhaps supervillain, you’ve always wanted to be. Would you live a life in a comic book universe or use your powers here in the real world? We want to know how you would use your super powers for good, or bad, even if it was just for the day. While Unigo can’t give you the ability to walk through walls or read minds, their Superpower Scholarship can help increase your brainpower with $2,500 to use towards education.

YouthBridge-NY Bridging the Gap Grant

The YouthBridge-NY youth-led grant committee is accepting applications from organizations working in Women’s Issues, Sexual Health, and/or After School Programming for grants up to $2000. Click here to view the request for proposals or apply. Deadline for applications is April 5.

Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity

This scholarship from the Renee B. Fisher Foundation is not a traditional scholarship focused on rewarding academic achievement and financial need. Its specific goal is to reward and encourage innovative and creative problem solving. The scholarship aims to honor students who excel as creative problem-solvers and to help make their higher education goals more accessible. $1,000 to $5,000 are awarded annually, renewable for three additional years. The award amount is based on the financial need of the recipient. Applicants must be a high school junior or senior, any person entering an undergraduate degree program in the fall after the application deadline or the following spring, or a student in the first year of an undergraduate degree program. Applicants are also required to be a current resident of Connecticut or New York City or enrolled or planning to enroll in a Connecticut or a New York City institution. Visit the Renee B. Fisher Foundation to apply for the scholarship by May 1, 2018.

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10/28 Event: College Fair & Career Day

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The Congressional Award: Amercia’s Award For Youth

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. Our Foundation remains Congress’ only charity. The program is open to all youth ages 14 to 23 and is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. Young people may register when they turn 13 1/2 years old and must complete their activities before their 24th birthday.

Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Earning The Congressional Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you’d like to try for the first time. You move at your own pace – on your own or with your friends. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals after registering for the program.

Regardless of your situation, you can earn The Congressional Award. The Congressional Award has no minimum grade point average requirements. It accommodates young people with special needs or disabilities who are willing to take the challenge.

For more information or to register online, please visit www.congressionalaward.org

MCU 2017 Scholarship Program

This year, MCU will award $66,000 in scholarship grants to college-bound graduating high school seniors, including eight memorial scholarships worth $5,000 each and thirteen grants of $2,000 each respectively. The deadline for scholarship submissions is end of business day on Friday, January 6, 2017.

Click here for more information.

6/15 deadline: The Hetrick-Martin Institute 2016 College Scholarship

PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR LGBTQ AND ALLY HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS OR CURRENT COLLEGE STUDENTS TO APPLY!!!!!!!!!!!

 The Hetrick-Martin Institute 2016 College Scholarship is now available.  HMI is dedicated to ensuring that our LGBTQ youth are successful in their post-secondary education goals and reach their full potential. Please be sure to share this scholarship information amongst your young scholars, peers, and colleagues.

Applicants should be between the ages of 13-24 and should be either entering college or continuing at their college/university for the Fall of 2016. If selected the scholarship funds will go toward their Fall 2016 tuition and fees.  In order to be eligible to apply applicants must become HMI members. It is a very simple process that includes a simple intake process and a tour of the facility, all of our services are free. Once the student or youth is a member, they will have full access to the resources and services at HMI.

We are located at 2 Astor Place, 3rd floor.

The 2016 HMI Scholarship Application is now available.

Important Dates:

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 15th | 4pm
  • Recipient Notification: Thursday, June 23rd
  • Scholarship Dinner: Thursday, July 14th | 4pm – 6pm (This scholarship dinner is MANDATORY for all recipients.)

3/28, 4/15, 4/27, deadlines: Scholarships and Summer Programs

Penguin Random House is offering $22,500 in scholarships for High School Seniors at all NYC Public High Schools to submit written and drawn graphic novel stories.

The deadline to submit stories for review is extended to March 28, 2016 and is an excellent opportunity to encourage students that have artistic talent to be published and earn money toward college!

FREE “Graphic Novels Now!” workshops are available to teachers and students at their schools from now through Monday, March 21, 2016. They only need to complete the Workshop Form and send it to creativewriting@penguinrandomhouse.com


GenCyber CS4CS Summer 2016 Deadline: 04/27

The GenCyber CS4CS Cyber Security summer program for girls at NYU Tandon School of Engineering is helping to close the gender gap in STEM. Introduction to female industry role models and hands-on learning in programming, virtuous hacking, and digital forensics will expose participants to new educational and career paths.

NYU Tandon School of Engineering is proud to announce a free, three-week program: GenCyber Computer Science for Cyber Security (CS4CS) Summer Program for High School Women. The full-day program, GenCyber CS4CS is one of several national summer programs supported by the National Science Foundation and National Security Agency providing an introduction on the fundamentals of cyber security and computer science. No background or experience in cyber security or computer programming is needed in order to apply. We are looking for young women currently in high school, living in the NYC area, who can commute daily to our downtown Brooklyn campus. NYU’s Information Systems and Internet Security Lab is a national leader in cyber security research and education. With mentorship by women, GenCyber CS4CS provides a unique opportunity for high school women to be introduced to concepts and career opportunities in the exciting field of Cyber Security.
Applications are due by April 27th, 2016, 5PM.
Program Dates: Weekdays, Tuesday, July 5th through Friday, July 22nd.
Time: 9AM to approximately 3 or 4 PM, depending on the day’s activities.
For program details and application instructions, please go to http://engineering.nyu.edu/k12stem/cs4cs/ Questions? Email: k12stem@poly.edu


AHRC New York City Deadline: 04/15

Do you have a brother or sister with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)? Do you know of a brother or sister of a person with I/DD who is in school studying an area related to I/DD? If so, you or they may be eligible for the nineteenth annual Helen and Jack Gorelick Sibling Scholarship! To access the application, click on the link below:

2016 Gorelick Scholarship Application

Applications are due April 15, 2016. Final applicants will then be interviewed in April or May, and the award will be given at the AHRC Annual Meeting on June 6, 2016 in New York City!

If you have any questions, you can call AHRC’s main line at 212-780-2500 and ask to speak with Jesse Backe.

High School Scholarships (Live Out Loud, Charles Robertson Scholarship, Morris and Eve Brown Foundation Awards)

All High Schools: Live Out Loud Scholarships

Deadline: March 1, 2016

LiveOut Loud will award three hardworking LGBT graduating high school seniors with college scholarships for $10,000 in recognition of their leadership, courage, and achievement. Scholarships will be awarded at Live Out Loud’s Spring Gala on April 25, 2016.

For further details, please see this flyer. The application is available here. For questions, please contact jd@liveoutloud.info.

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All High Schools: 2016 Charles Robertson Scholarship

Deadline: April 15, 2016

The NYC DOE Office of Guidance and School Counseling is currently accepting applications for the 2016 Charles Robertson Scholarship. To be eligible, a candidate must be a high school senior scheduled to graduate from a Brooklyn public high school this June.

Charles E. Robertson was President of the School Board of the Borough of Brooklyn from 1899 to 1902. As stipulated in his will established in 1937, Charles E. Robertson’s Estate awards a scholarship to one male graduate and one female graduate from a Brooklyn public high school each year,“…not merely on the basis of scholarship, but of equal importance, character, and deportment.”  Please note this scholarship is a one time award estimated at $400 given to each recipient.

Applications must be submitted by mail and must include:

1.     The completed application form
2.     Copy of most recent high school transcript
3.     Nomination letter (from the school principal, counselor, or teacher)
4.     Student personal statement essay (Typed, double-spaced and between 250-500 words), responding to the following question:  If you had to write an autobiography, what would the title be and why?

Further information is available in the application package.  Submitted applications must be postmarked no later thanApril 15, 2016.  For questions, please contact Margarita Suero-Duran.


All High Schools: 2016 Morris and Eve Brown Foundation Awards

Deadline: March 20, 2016

The Morris and Eve Brown Foundation will be presenting several awards of  $2,000.  To be eligible, a candidate must:    

  • Be a high school senior graduating from a New York City public school.
  • Have demonstrated excellence in the field of language.
  • Begin college level studies in the Fall of 2016 majoring in language (either English or foreign).

Applications must be submitted by mail and must include:

  • A copy of the student’s high school transcript;
  • Student’s social security number; and
  • Letter(s) of recommendation from English and/or Foreign Language teachers. Please note the foundation can only process letters written in English. Also note that letters of recommendations should  ONLY be from faculty who teach in the fields of English Language Arts or Foreign Language).
  • Optional: Students may also include a piece of their own writing for review. However, only compositions written in English will be reviewed since trustees are not able to evaluate items written in other languages.

Additional information is available here.  Submitted applications must be postmarked no later than March 20, 2016.  For questions, please contact Paul S. Sibener, Esq. at psibeneresq@gmail.com.