The past couple of weeks since announcing our scholarship awardees have been a incredible whirlwind. Most of it has been a joy as we have enjoyed the enthusiastic responses from students and their families. Some has been unfortunate as we had do deal with some plagiarism, which is always taken very seriously at HonorsGradU.
We especially love it when it works out to surprise our recipients with the news.
Xelah Baca, creator of BHS Recycle, received the news from her mentor during an awards ceremony:
And I was able to fly down to surprise Anthony Neil Tan with the news that he was selected as our top recipient during his senior awards night for his creation of the Maker Hub Club:
Check out the newly updated Past Winners page to view all 5 students’ prototypes, reflection videos, and colleges. We look forward to sharing more about the background of these 5 outstanding students this summer, and to seeing Anthony’s project grow with another fully funded iteration. Thank you again for your efforts to design a better future!
For you incoming seniors, be sure to stay tuned for the details at the end of the summer on our 2020 scholarship program!
This is our seventh year of running a scholarship sponsored by Honors Graduation. Over the past two years, we have offered a program in which students develop a community-improvement project based on the model of design thinking.
We were inspired by the ambitious, generous, and innovative projects from this year’s applicants. The vision of these high school students gives us so much hope for the future. Our scholarship committee is pleased to announce this year’s 5 recipients:
Anthony Neil Tan, top recipient to receive an additional $5,000 toward another iteration of his project: Maker Hub Club
Xelah Baca: BHS Recycle
Elizabeth Hansen: Composting For A Cause
Sruthi Kundur: Stay Healthy, Be Confident Hygiene For Women
Cobi Reed: Envisioning a Better Future
Congratulations to our awardees! Watch for additional updates, including on our Past Winners page.
For those students who applied for our this year’s Design a Better Future scholarship program, we are pleased to announce that we have selected 10 finalists.
These outstanding students have been emailed some follow-up questions about future potential iterations of their project, as well as how they might continue local impact post graduation. Please check your email inboxes ASAP to respond to our questions so that we can make our decision on our final 5 awardees. We plan to make that announcement next week on Monday, May 20th!
Thank you to everyone for your participation. We are extremely impressed at the efforts and passion we have seen in this year’s group.
Do you know any high school seniors? Would they be interested in earning a $10,000 scholarship by engaging in a community improvement project?
If so, please help spread the word about our upcoming Q&A webinar with applicants to help support them in their projects! Unlike many scholarships that call for an (often recycled) essay, our Design a Better Future program asks much more of students in working to give to their communities. We want to be there to help guide them in any roadblocks or questions that arise in their work.
The webinar will take place on Saturday, March 2 at 11 am MST. Two of our scholarship committee members, Mary & Lindsay, will field questions & lead the discussion. Register here to receive a reminder and the link to our Zoom meeting!
I’m excited to announce the 2019 scholarship here at HonorsGradU, sponsored by Honors Graduation.
We were overwhelmed at the ways high school seniors worked to improve their communities last year, and so we have decided to continue the design thinking community improvement format. Once more this year, there will be another five $10,000 tuition scholarships awarded, with the top recipient receiving another $5,000 toward another iteration of his/her project.
Check out the new requirements and information here, and please share with any high school seniors planning on attending an accredited college in the United States next fall.
Bryan Banuelos’ second iteration of his Warrior Dream Project is underway.
From his mission statement to details of leadership within the club, we are confident that his project will be a great support to students at Taylorsville High (and possibly elsewhere) for years to come!
We are impressed with his sensitivity to the unique needs to undocumented students and their families as they participate in the program. Especially encouraging is the way his project meets an unmet need: mainly, the gap between high school and college, particularly for students who feel that funding college is out-of-reach. Check out his project presentation he shared with our office below!
Over the last 6 years of running this scholarship, our program has evolved from an essay contest, to a multimedia project, to now a 3-round Design Thinking community improvement project. We can say with confidence that this year’s application process has been the most ambitious yet!
We certainly asked a lot of our 2018 applicants: a full project proposal, an artifact or prototype, and a final reflection including video. And we have been inspired by the determination of these students to strengthen their communities in diverse ways. While it was extremely difficult to make the final decision, we are very pleased to announce our final awardees are as follows:
Bryan Banuelos: Warrior Dream Program ~ Our top awardee who will receive an additional $5,000 toward another iteration of his project
Austin Fitzgerald: MindStrings free violin tutoring for low-income students
William Rand: OHBreathe wellness workshops at his school
Alexis Showalter: CyberCitizens tech class business for seniors
Isaac Stone: Invisible Cane device to assist the blind to navigate surroundings
Full details on their projects will be published on our Past Winners page within the next few weeks. Thank you to all the schools and administrators that helped spread the word on our scholarship, and thank you to every student that applied! We wish you all the best in your future endeavors!