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08/17/2022 update: As you may have noticed, the name of our scholarship flip flops between “Design A Better Future” and “Build A Better Future.” To avoid further confusion, we will be updating the name and logo and announcing the changes shortly!
Our 2022 awardees have been emailed. Their names and projects are being added to our Past Winners page. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s scholarship and did so much to build up their communities!
Ever wondered just how much of a difference high school students can make in their communities? In our 2022 scholarship program, our past winners proved it can be profound. That’s why our 2023 Build A Better Future scholarship will also be a design thinking community improvement project based on the LAUNCH Cycle. We will award $10,000 to five new seniors, with the top recipient receiving an additional $5,000 grant to continue funding their project.
- Read the Rules and Terms & Conditions (below)
- Design & work on a community improvement project, using our checklist as a guide. Watch our webinar here for answers to some recent questions.
- OPTIONAL: Share your work for some checkpoint feedback before the final deadline to increase your chance at winning. Submit your working strategy plan early (from the Navigate Ideas phase of design thinking), with any other work for which you would like feedback. Work must be submitted by April 30, 2023 for feedback. Depending on volume, we will get back to you within 2 weeks.
- Submit your final application by May 28, 2023 at 11:59 Mountain Time (see FAQ’s & Details page for link and details on submission requirements).
- We select five winners to receive $10,000 tuition scholarships, with the top project receiving an additional $5,000 to continue funding their project and maximize impact. We select applications based on their completion, seriousness, and viability.
Find a printable flyer with a QR Code that you can post for your students to scan here: Scholarship QR Code.
- You must be a graduating high school senior that will be attending a U.S-based college, trade school, or university to continue your education.
- All high school seniors are eligible.
Read full terms & conditions here:
To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be graduating high school seniors planning on attending an accredited college, university, or trade school in the United States of America. Additionally, students must have met all of the requirements described on this website (https://honorsgradu.com/). Employees of Honors Graduation and their families are not eligible to participate. Submissions must be received before the deadlines in order to qualify for the scholarship program. Mailed applications must be postmarked by that deadline. There are no citizenship requirements.
By submitting your work, you agree that we may display the project on our websites, including, but not limited to photos, links, videos, etc. This will likely only be done for winning candidates, and will only include the applicant’s name, school, and the project itself. No other personal contact information we collect will be used without explicit permission obtained beforehand via email.
Choosing a Winner:
Submissions will be evaluated by our judges only after all submissions have been received by the various deadlines. When choosing a winner we will be looking at:
1. The quality & quantity of work already completed
2. The potential for future long-term impact
3. General community relevance of the project.
Finalists may also be asked for proposals on how they would use the $5,000 grant if selected as the top recipient. As a tip for future applicants: the more specific those plans, the better (especially if they involve plans to seek additional funding or perpetuate the fund toward your project in the long term). Being a finalist does not mean you have won the scholarship, we are simply seeking more information in order to choose the top winners.
After carefully reviewing the available information on our site, applicants may also email the scholarship committee, (email@example.com), with further questions.
The top 5 selected entrants will, upon verification of eligibility criteria as described above, receive their one-time scholarship disbursement of $10,000 in the form of a check from Honors Graduation to the approved school or university, listing the student as the beneficiary, depending on the individual school outside scholarship policies. Awardees will be contacted by June 16, 2023, and funds will be distributed after that date. Should the $10,000 amount exceed the tuition balance for the first semester, we will instruct the college to apply surplus scholarship funds toward subsequent semesters. It is the recipient’s exclusive responsibility to ensure that funds are received by the school or university and should notify us if that does not happen within 30 days of the date the check is issued.
- Ford Institute for Community Building
- AJ Juliani and John Spencer’s LAUNCH Framework for design thinking
Honors Graduation reserves the right to discontinue this program at any time without any notice. This promotion is void where prohibited.