Free Specialized High Schools Admission Test Prep



OBT 2018 Open House: Paid Youth Internships


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

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.

Budget Season: NYC Council Women Caucus Funding Supplemental Form Deadlines

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Thank you for your interest in Women’s Caucus Expense funding for Fiscal Year 2019.

While the Women’s Caucus does not directly allocate Discretionary/Expense funding, we are able to support as a Caucus those funding requests that will advance the cause of gender equity throughout the City. The projects that the Caucus supports will be submitted in priority order to the Speaker of the City Council, asking for the Council to fund these projects through Citywide funding.

Please read our instructions sheet to learn how to apply for funding, linked here.

Women’s Caucus Funding Request Supplemental Forms

After you submit these applications, we will reach out to qualifying organizations to present before the full Caucus.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Marian Guerra at or Sheila Rodriguez at For budget-related questions, please reach out to Vincent Fang at

We look forward to supporting the work of incredible organizations that are leading the work for a more equitable, inclusive New York City.

TONIGHT: Community Conversation on W.E.B. DuBois High School

Dear Community:
Please join us TONIGHT at W.E.B. DuBois High School, which is located at 402 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11225 for a community conversation at 5PM pertaining to a new consolidation DOE proposal involving W.E.B Du Bois and Aspirations Diploma Plus (23K646, Aspirations) for the 2018-2019 school year. Parents, neighbors, students and community stakeholders, come lend your voice to this very recent DOE update. There are many unanswered questions, together we can rally for the best possible plan for all Brooklyn families!
Yours in Partnership,
Laurie A. Cumbo
Majority Leader of the New York City Council
Council Member, Brooklyn District 35

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February 2018 Events at the Crown Heights Mediation Center