Current Opportunities

  • Beginning this month, your 10th and 11th graders can now qualify for $500 and $40,000 scholarships from BigFuture®! The scholarships are open to all students, with no GPA, test score, essay, income, or citizenship requirements. Every month, we award $500 and $40,000 to students who take steps toward their career and the education they need to reach it.

    How to Get Started

    To qualify for monthly drawings, your students just need to sign in to their BigFuture dashboard and complete steps, beginning with starting a career list and building a college list. The scholarships are also open to 12th graders until February. We've got educator resources, including this how-to video and another video to see past winners.

     
     

    Since 2019, we’ve awarded over $16 million to more than 19,000 students, with most past winners identifying as lower-income. Every month, we surprise our $40,000 scholarship winners at their schools. Will we surprise one of your students next?

    Sincerely,

    The BigFuture Team

     

     

    STEM Scholarship List (dates vary)

     

     

    NASA Internships

     

    Join AIAA for Free and have access to scholarships

    AIAA offers a community of students and aerospace professionals who focus on activities, competitions, and scholarships that promote STEM and STEAM educational programs. Let AIAA serve as your vital lifelong link to reliable resources and growth opportunities. Join us at the earliest stage of your academic journey and the Institute will help guide you along your path to a rewarding aerospace career!

     

     

     

    Start 2023 Off Right with
    Junior Science and Humanities Symposium!

    Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) is a free high school STEM competition. Students present their original STEM research while competing for scholarships and cash awards. Along the way, they are mentored by professional scientists and engineers. Applications close soon, visit www.jshs.org to find your region and get involved!

    JSHS invites high school students to report on the results of their original research investigations in STEM and compete for scholarships and recognition at university-held regional symposia. Students in grades 9-12 enrolled in public, private, or home schools are eligible to participate in their local Regional Symposium. See Rules of Competition for eligibility details. There is no cost to register for or participate in a regional JSHS event. If you are asked to pay a fee to register, please contact us at admin@jshs.org.

    Any student who starts a research project and intends to submit their research at the regional JSHS competition is able to sign up for virtual mentoring through the Chronus platform. The mentor resource is available year-round to support you throughout the JSHS competition season and the non-competition time of completing research or improving continued projects. Join Chronus as a mentee here.

     

    Symposium dates: February 25, 2023

    Deadline for student applications: January 22, 2023

    Application page: https://cvent.me/0YaRde

     

     

     

     

    ExploraVision

    The ExploraVision competition for K-12 students engages the next generation in real world problem solving with a strong emphasis on STEM. ExploraVision challenges students to envision and communicate new technology 10 or more years in the future through collaborative brainstorming and research of current science and technology. Deadline Jan 31

     

     

    Coastal Art & Poetry Contest

    California students in kindergarten through 12th grade can submit artwork or poetry about California's coast and ocean by January 31st. Ten winners will receive a $100 gift certificate to an art supply store or a bookstore and four tickets to Aquarium of the Pacific. Each winner’s teacher will receive a $50 gift certificate from Acorn Naturalists. For more information click here. Deadline January 31.

     

     

    STUDENT SHOWCASE

    SCAG Student Showcase

    The Student Showcase is a storymapping and poster competition that challenges students to think innovatively and compete for cash prizes. SCAG recognizes the effectiveness of simple yet powerful ways to inform, engage and inspire people through data and map-driven storytelling. SCAG is proud to invite student participants to conceptualize, create and submit ArcGIS StoryMaps and posters. This is a meaningful way to tell a story or provide insight, showcase plans and projects, engage supporters and stakeholders, illustrate the possibilities of data, and highlight the usefulness of open data at the regional level.

    Students whose projects are chosen will be designated as SCAG Conference Fellows, receive complimentary event registration, hotel accommodation, and admission to the conference. The student fellows will present their posters and storymaps at SCAG’s Regional Conference and General Assembly on May 4-5, 2023, at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Dessert.

    One poster and one storymap will be selected by a panel of judges and awarded the title “Best in Show.” Conference attendees will vote for their favorite poster and storymap and awarded the title “Audience Award.” All four awards, each worth $1,500, will be given out on the morning of Friday, May 5 at the conference.

    In all, a total of $6,000 across four prizes will be awarded (two separate $1,500 “Best in Show” prizes and two separate $1,500 “Audience Award” prizes).
    COMPETITION DUE DATES

    The following due dates are applicable for both the Poster Challenge and the StoryMap Challenge.

    Abstracts Due: February 20, 2023 at 10 a.m. (PST)

    Final Projects Due: March 27, 2023 at 10 a.m. (PST)

    Please use this link to review the 2023 Submission Guidelines

    Please use this link to submit abstracts and final posters.


    CONTACT

    For more information on the Student Showcase, please contact:

    Lyle Janicek
    Phone: (213) 236-1966
    Email: janicek@scag.ca.gov

     

     

     

    World of 8 Billion Student Video Contest

    By taking part in the World of 8 Billion student video contest, you can share your ideas on how to tackle global problems related to population.

    Think critically about these global challenges and share what you think we should do to fix them. Deadline Feb 22, 2023

    Learn More

     

     

    Slingshot Challenge Launches Today
    Today, the National Geographic Society, with support from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, officially launches the Slingshot Challenge: a new, global video challenge designed to amplify the voices and ideas of the next generation of planet protectors.  

    Participants will be asked to create a one-minute video outlining an innovative solution to a current environmental issue that they’re passionate about. Winning videos will be selected by a panel of judges to receive cash prizes, as well as an invitation to the iconic National Geographic Explorers Festival in Washington, D.C. Students ages 13-18 and educators looking for ways to engage young people around environmental action are encouraged to sign up on our website. Participation is free!
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    2023 Science Without Borders Challenge

    We are excited to announce that the 2023 Science Without Border® Challenge is now open! The theme for this year’s Challenge is “The Sixth Extinction.” Now more than ever before in human history, the rate of extinction and species endangerment is accelerating due to harmful human activities. For this year’s contest, your students can help create awareness about marine endangered species. We ask students to create a piece of artwork that highlights the beauty and importance of a marine species that is on the brink of extinction. Learn about the theme

     

    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 6, 2023, to be eligible to win the contest. 

     

    To learn more about the Science Without Borders® Challenge rules and how to apply, visit www.lof.org/SWBChallenge.  

      

     

     

     

    SkillsUSA Master Scholarship Application

     

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    The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is pleased to announce that applications are available for the 2023 SCAG Scholarship Program!

    The SCAG Scholarship Program offers a $4,000 scholarship award for seven high school seniors or community college students from the SCAG region (and potentially two additional scholarship awards that are not tied to a specific county but may be awarded at the Regional Council’s discretion). Recipients may also have the opportunity to meet with elected officials and practicing planners to learn more about careers in public service. 

    Program Requirements

    • Residency: Must be a resident within the SCAG region (i.e., Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, or Ventura County, or on Tribal Lands within the SCAG region), and be eligible to work in the United States.
    • School Enrollment: Must be a graduating high school senior or currently enrolled in a two-year community college in the SCAG region. In addition, graduating students must be able to provide proof of enrollment in higher education.
    • GPA Minimum: Candidates must have at least a 3.0 Grade Point Average (based on a 4.0, unweighted scale).
    • Internship Requirement and Visit to SCAG: An internship or visit to SCAG offices in Los Angeles to attend a Regional Council meeting are not required. However, if you are interested in either, please contact SCAG’s Scholarship Program Coordinator.

    Application Materials

    • Completed online application.
    • Minimum five-hundred-word essay describing your interest in urban planning, public policy, and/or public service and future career goals.
    • Two letters of recommendation.
    • Transcript(s) (official or copy) from the school in which you are currently enrolled.

    All materials for the 2023 SCAG Scholarship Program must be submitted by Sunday, March 26.

    Submit An Application

     

     

    Climate Video Challenge

    For the Climate Video Challenge, California middle and high schoolers can submit a 3-minute video responding to the question, What is your vision for a thriving future? For details, including student brainstorming prompts, climate change resources, and all the rules and instructions, click here. Submissions are open from now through May 31st

     

     

    We Want to Know: Who’s Your Climate Hero?

    We are so excited to launch our 12th annual Ocean Awareness Contest and to reveal this year’s theme: Climate Heroes in Action.

    Not all heroes wear capes, and many even stay hidden under the radar. But despite all the doom-and-gloom that we read about the climate crisis, we know that there is a large and robust global community working to tackle the environmental threats: scientists, activists, artists, educators, and others who are creating innovative and effective climate solutions. 

    Your mission, should you accept it: Research and choose an unsung trailblazer who is fighting climate change. We’re familiar with the amazing work of environmental giants like Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough, so we challenge you to introduce the Bow Seat community to a climate hero whose work we may not know about yet—but should.
     
    The 2023 Contest invites teens ages 11-18 worldwide to learn about climate change and to discover the positive stories of the climate movement—the efforts, organizations, and impacts of everyday heroes who are working to address the climate crisis. Look for initiatives in your community and beyond—who is spearheading them? How can we amplify their work?
     
    Students may submit Visual Art, Poetry & Spoken Word, Creative Writing, Film, Performing Arts, and Interactive & Multimedia from now until June 13, 2023.
     
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    Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

    The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation honors Marines by educating their children. Our scholarship programs cover a full range of certificate and degree programs including CTE.  These scholarships are available for sons and daughters of U.S. Marines and Navy Corpsmen, enrolled in CTE programs nationwide. Applications are open year-round. Check your eligibility and apply today.

     

     

    Engineering Innovation offers several different courses for high school students.