Current Opportunities



    Rise is building a global community of future leaders. Everyone who applies will gain access to a network of peers, learning resources, and additional opportunities from our partners around the world. 

    Each year, Rise will select 100 Global Winners and provide them with a lifetime of personalized support—including scholarships, mentorship, career services, and access to funding to develop their ideas—as they work together to serve others. 

    Deadline January 29




    Joint Science Education Project (JSEP)

    Each summer, students from all three countries spend 3 weeks in Greenland for a two-part JSEP experience. First, they spend two weeks in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland for the Greenland-led Kangerlussuaq Science Field School. During the third week, students travel to Summit Camp, an American research base that sits at 10,000 feet atop the Greenland Ice Sheet, for the Dartmouth-led Science Education Week.

    Travel, accommodations, and meals are provided at no cost to participants. Students must provide regular clothing, including a sturdy pair of hiking boots/shoes and rain gear. Extreme cold weather outerwear is supplied by the program during travel to Summit Station. 

    Competitive applicants must possess a strong interest in the natural sciences, a passion for learning, a sense of adventure, and an openness to other cultures. Travel, accommodations, and meals are provided at no cost to participants. Tentative dates are late June and the first half of July 2021. The program will run in the remote format if COVID-19 travel restrictions remain in place. Application Procedure: Please visit the website for application information. Application Deadline Date: Sunday, January 31, 2021 (corrected date) All students must have or be able to obtain a U.S. passport before the expedition. Your passport will need to be valid for at least 6 months after the date of the expedition. Contact: Lauren Culler at for more information.

    Application Deadline Date: Sunday, January 31, 2021 (corrected date)



    Coastal Art & Poetry Contest.

    K-12 students are invited to submit artwork or poetry with a California coastal or marine theme to the annual Coastal Art & Poetry Contest.
    For the first time ever, entries will be submitted online! We encourage you to enter this way if at all possible, but we will accept mailed entries if it presents a hardship. Also new this year—digital art is allowed as a medium. Find out all the details, download flyers, and get teacher resources at You can also access instructions and entry form in Spanish.
    Winners in art and poetry will be selected in each of five grade-level categories (K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12) to receive a $100 gift certificate to an art supply store or a bookstore. Each winner’s teacher will receive a $50 gift certificate from Acorn Naturalists. All winning and honorably mentioned art and poetry will be part of a traveling exhibit, as conditions allow.



    Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship Program

    Deadline to apply: February 18, 2021 3:00 pm CT

    The Amazon Future Engineer scholarship program assists high school seniors who have completed a computer science course and plan to continue their education by attaining a bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering or other computer science related field of study from an accredited 4-year college or university. Recipients of the award receive $10,000 at an accredited four-year college or university as well as a paid summer internship at Amazon after their freshman year of college.

    Learn more about the program and meet a previous winner here.




    Science Without Borders  

    We are excited to announce that the 2021 Science Without Borders® Challenge is now open! The theme for this year’s Challenge is “Mangroves Matter.” Mangroves are extremely important ecosystems providing many benefits. Participants should use their artistic talents to create a piece of artwork that illustrates how mangroves are important.

    The Science Without Borders® Challenge is open to all students worldwide who are 11-19 years old and enrolled in primary or secondary school (or the home-school equivalent). College and university students are not eligible for this contest. Work will be judged in two categories based on age, with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes awarded for each:

    • Students 11-14 years old
    • Students 15-19 years old

    Students can win up to $500 in this international art contest.

    All entries must be received by Monday, March 1, 2021 to be eligible to win the contest. 

    Please note that we have changed the contest rules. Initial entries must be made online. We are no longer accepting artwork by mail. To learn more about the Science Without Borders® Challenge rules and how to apply, visit

    You can find additional information and resources on our Learn About the Theme webpage.



    New York Times STEM Writing Contest

    We invite students to choose an issue or question in science, technology, engineering, math or health, then write an engaging 500-word explanation. Contest Dates: Jan. 19-March 2, 2021.



    Summer Science Program

    The Summer Science Program offers teens an exhilarating and inspiring immersion into hands-on experimental science. Working in teams of three, participants complete a real research project, each team taking and analyzing original data. Afterward, they join a worldwide network of 2,500+ alumni of all ages.

    In summer 2021, programs will be offered in Astrophysics and Biochemistry, either in-person or online. At each, 36 participants and 7 faculty will form a supportive “living and learning community” over the 5 1/2 weeks. 

    SSP is an independent nonprofit, the only summer program operated, governed, and largely funded by its own alumni and former faculty – eloquent testimony to its impact on young people for more than six decades. Many alumni call it “the educational experience of a lifetime.”

    Deadline to apply, March 5


    California Credit Union Annual Student Scholarship program

    California Credit Union is pleased to announce our Annual Student Scholarship program is now available!   The credit union will award 10 students with a scholarship of $1,000 each.   High school seniors and community college students transferring to a four-year university who maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 are eligible to participate. Selection criteria include academic performance, school or community involvement, a letter of recommendation, and an essay submission.  Applications are available through Friday, March 26, 2021. 

    Interested students can find more information and apply online at 



    City of Hope (Due in April):



    SCAG Scholarship Program

    The SCAG Scholarship Program offers local government and planning experience that students can use to develop long-term career goals. The scholarship will provide a $4,000 scholarship award for seven high school or community college students from the SCAG region (and potentially two additional scholarship awards that are not tied to a specific county, but would be awarded at the Regional Council’s discretion), a two-week internship with a local planning agency or council of governments, and the opportunity to meet with elected officials and practicing planners to learn more about careers in public service.



      USGIF Scholarship Program

    To further the advancement of the geospatial tradecraft, USGIF is dedicated to assist promising students studying GEOINT, geospatial sciences, and related fields. Scholarship recipients are selected based on their academic and professional excellence as well as demonstrated service to the community.

    Students interested in using capabilities of geospatial science, data and technologies to address human security challenges are all encouraged to submit applications. Past scholarship recipients are encouraged to apply. Deadline: May 16 2021