WinShape Foundation Scholarship

The WinShape Foundation is an American charitable endeavor of the fast-food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A and its founder Truett Cathy and his family. WinShape also has a sister foundation that was started by Cathy's daughter Trudy and her husband John called Lifeshape. The foundation started in 1984 as a small college scholarship program housed on the former Berry Academy campus of Berry College. Within several years, a boys' summer camp, followed by a girls' summer camp, were added. The foundation has continued to expand in its over 20 years of existence. It now includes foster homes, a challenge/ropes course, corporate and marriage retreats, and sponsors mission trips both within the United States and internationally.

WinShape College Program

The WinShape scholarship currently provides $8,000 yearly – funded jointly by WinShape and Berry College. These funds replace the first $8,000 of any academic scholarships offered by the college and require a special application and interview process. The program originated with only several dozen students and offered a total of $10,000 over four years. Today, WinShape currently has over 100 college students enrolled per year, with over 800 alumni in just over 20 years.

The requirements of the scholarship program have varied in details over the years. Eligibility originally required current Chick-fil-A employment, high achievement and community involvement in high school, and a willingness to sign a contract including Christianity-based rules. Employment by Chick-fil-A is no longer a requirement, but the Christian-based nature of WinShape is perhaps stronger today than ever; the current contract specifies weekly meeting attendance, leadership discussion group participation, community service, and a fundamentalist Christian lifestyle, including abstaining from alcohol and drugs. Beginning in 2006, freshmen and transfer students were required to attend a week-long orientation camp known as FreshThing.

Mission Statement

WinShape College Program exists to cultivate college students who develop disciples, create community and launch leaders to impact every generation.

Program in Detail

The training and programming that students participate in throughout their four years in the program seeks to give the students six key experiences. These are living out of our identity in Christ, establishing a network of supporting relationships, making decisions and contributing based on communal thinking, experiencing a meaningful leadership opportunity, leading from gifts, passions and a love for Jesus, and developing a Biblical worldview.

To accomplish this, the Freshmen class comes for a week prior to their first year for a week of introduction to the community and to a biblical worldview. The first year of training focuses on God's Story, their identity in Christ, and biblical community.

During the summer between the Freshman and Sophomore year, the students participate in an event called StrengthsTrek, which helps students to understand their strengths and how to utilize and develop them. The second year of training focuses on self-discovery, including strengths, personality, spiritual gifts, passions, and other elements. This process culminates in a trip between semesters called the Dream Casting Trip, during which students have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of significant people in history. In this context they that acquire tools that will help them to develop a first draft of a focused life purpose statement.

During the second semester the students are assisted in processing through their newly crafted purpose statements and identifying next steps in making it a reality. At the end of the semester, rising Juniors and Seniors form into teams of students with similar life passions. During a trip over Labor Day weekend called the CIT Initiative, these teams establish focused purposes for creating positive change in the Rome, Berry, or WinShape community and spend the school year accomplishing their purpose.

WinShape Residential Camps

Cathy had taken his boys Dan and Bubba and his daughter Trudy to a summer camp called Ridgecrest in North Carolina when they were children. After the start of the college program in 1984, he wanted the campus to be used during the summer months. With the help of Rick Johnson who had worked for years at Camp Ridgecrest, they started a summer camp for boys in 1985 and a summer camp for girls in the Ford buildings on the main campus in the summer of 1987. The camp was structured similarly to the Ridgecrest camp--a sports camp with a Christian emphasis. With the use of a native American "Indian" theme, the age groups were divided into different "tribes". Another aspect of the program included "indian ranks" that campers could achieve based on good behavior and virtues, the apex of which allowed a camper to take a test to achieve the rank of "Little Chief" for boys or "Black Comanche" for the girls.

Typically a summer at WinShape Camp for Boys or Girls consists of four 2-week sessions--campers typically stay for a two week session, although younger campers (2-3 grades) may stay for a one week session. Both camps also offer an adventure program for older campers. This program includes excursions to go backpacking, whitewater rafting, caving, rock climbing, and multiple nights camping.

The newest forms of camp for WinShape Camps include the introduction of a family camp in the autumn of 2006, and a traveling camp known as C3 (Camps Connecting Communities) that launched officially in the summer of 2008.

Boys Camp Tribes

* Mohawk (2-3 grades, one week only)
* Apache (2-4 grades)
* Shawnee (5-6 grades)
* Choctaw (7-8 grades)
* Navajo (9-12 grades)
* Sioux (10-12 grades, adventure program)

Girls Camp Tribes

* Calusa (2-3 grades, one week only)
* Chippewa (2-4 grades)
* Chickasaw (5-6 grades)
* Cheyenne (7-8 grades)
* Cherokee (9-10 grades)
* Catawba (11-12 grades)
* Creek (12 grade and returning campers only , adventure program)

WinShape Camps C3

WinShape Camps C3 (Camps Connecting Communities) is a one week day camp that was started by WinShape Camps in 2008. In the inaugural year, WinShape Camps had three C3 Teams that traveled to 9 communities around the country, going to a total of 27 cities. In 2009, WinShape Camps C3 went to 36 Communities with four C3 teams. In 2010, WinShape Camps C3 traveled to 45 different communities across the country, reaching over 9,000 campers. This number was more than the combined totals from Boys and Girls Camp from the past three years.

A C3 team consists of 22-23 staffers that travel in two 12-15 passenger vans with all of the equipment packed in a rented 24ft. Penske truck. Each team has six leadership positions, with the overall leader having the title of "Director." Other leadership positions fall under him include: Assistant Director, Production Director, Rec Director, Camp Pastor, and Volunteer Director. The remaining staffers with the exception of a videographer are teamtime leaders. One of the teamtime leaders is also the worship leader.

WinShape Camps C3 combines track times such as Fastfood, Drama, Flag Football, Soccer, Painting, Crafts, etc., High energy worship servies, small group bible studies, and intensive recreation to provide a day camp experience in a community.


Campers are divided into different villages that represent the different age groups. Within each village, campers are assigned to an animal representing their small group:

Ocean (1-2 grades): Dolphin, Jellyfish, Lobster, Penguin, Seagull, Seahorse, Swordfish, and Tigershark.

Safari (3-4 grades): Elephant, Lion, Parrot, Rhino, Warthog, and Zebra.

Alpine (5-6 grades): Bears, Eagles, Moose, Rams, and Trout

WinShape Camps International Projects

After 25 years of doing camp in the United States, in 2009 WinShape Camps decided to start to do Camp in Brasilia, Brazil. In 2010, WinShape Camps went back to Brazil to do week-long day camps around the capital city. WinShape Camps takes its summer staff who have served with WinShape Camps in the past and are coming to serve again to partner with local churches in the Brasilia area to conduct an incredible day-camp experience. You can find out more information and see the day-to-day events at

WinShape Homes

S. Truett Cathy, began a foster home in 1987 near the WinShape Centre on Berry College's campus. This home was designed for up to seventeen children and had full-time parents to take care of them. Out of this effort, several other foster homes have been birthed so that as of December 2007 there were 11 WinShape foster homes in the United States--eight in Georgia, one in Alabama, and two in Tennessee--as well as one in Brazil.

WinShape Retreat and Marriage Retreat

Atop a hill behind the WinShape Center on Berry College's Mountain campus lay a Dairy farm that Martha Berry had built to resemble Normandy architecture. The WinShape Center acquired this dairy when Berry College was seeking to shut it down. After remodeling and adding two additional buildings to the complex (which ironically were part of the master plan from 75 years earlier, but had never been built), the whole complex was converted into a four-star retreat center for people seeking respite and a break from the care of the world. The center now accommodates over 8000 guests every year.

Truett Cathy's middle son, Don "Bubba" Cathy, and his wife Cindy, also head up efforts to minister to couples in strengthening their marriages. The retreat center offers several special events for couples--ranging from couples who have healthy marriages to couples who are actively considering divorce. The program seeks to promote healthy marriages and families.

WinShape Wilderness

Started in 1991 under the leadership of a WinShape College program student, Tammy Preston, WinShape Wilderness seeks to glorify God by creating adventure experiences that encourage spiritual transformation. By using field games and low and high-ropes elements, the WinShape Wilderness staff coordinates safe, yet challenging team-building experiences to help teams work through problems and experience a new level of community.

WinShape International

WinShape International is an organization that seeks to mobilize Chick-fil-A operators and other leaders in the Chick-fil-A community to build young people in other cultures around the world and equip them to become leaders. WinShape International uses Chick-fil-A's SERVE model of leadership as a platform to help train young people to become servant-focused leaders.

Walter Byers Scholarship

The Walter Byers Scholar (also known as Walter Byers Scholarship, and Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship) program is a scholarship program that recognizes the top male and female scholar-athlete in NCAA sports and that is awarded annually by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). It is considered to be the NCAA's highest academic award. The NCAA initiated the Walter Byers Scholarship program in 1988 in recognition of the service of Walter Byers. The award is a postgraduate scholarship program designed to encourage excellence in academic performance by student-athletes. The recipients each year are the one male and one female student-athlete who has combined the best elements of mind and body to achieve national distinction for his or her achievements, and who promises to be a future leader in his or her chosen field of career service. Winners receive scholarships for postgraduate study. Currently, the stipend for each Byers Scholarship is $21,500 for an academic year. The scholarship amount is adjusted for the cost of living. The grant may be renewed for a second year based on academic progress. Financial need is not a factor in the granting of these scholarships. United States citizenship is not a required criterion to satisfy eligibility requirements. Awards from other sources will not disqualify an applicant, except that an awardee may not use more than one NCAA postgraduate scholarship. The Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship Program is separate and distinct from the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program, which provides numerous annual awards with smaller stipends.

The five-person Walter Byers Scholarship Committee, established by the NCAA membership and appointed by the NCAA Divisions I, II and III Management Councils, administers the program. The committee membership is required to include at least one man and one woman, at least one member from each division and subdivision of Division I, and one member each from Division II and Division III.

Three universities, Barry University, University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the University of Georgia, have had two winners each. All multiple sport honorees have participated in both track and field and cross country, except for 2002 winner, Kyle Eash, who was honored for track and field and football. Of the six football players, only one also won the Draddy Trophy as the top scholar-athlete college football player; the Draddy has a stated objective of rewarding community service as well as athletics and academics. Although basketball players were the first representatives of a sport to sweep the awards, track and field was the first sport to do so twice.

Among the most recognized for post-athletic career accomplishments are Randal Pinkett and Rob Pelinka. Of the winners the one most notable for having gone professional in his or her sport is National Football League veteran Rob Zatechka, who later went on to medical school.

Several of the winners have won other notable awards. The following are complete lists of dual winners of a selected set of notable awards:

* Rhodes Scholar - Henderson, Thigpen, Pinkett
* Top VIII Award - Black, Roethlisberger, Busbee, Carney
* NCAA Woman of the Year Award - Black, Bersagel

Voice of Democracy annual nationwide scholarship

Voice of Democracy (VOD) is an annual nationwide scholarship program sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). It is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12. The program annually provides more than $2.3 million in scholarships. The first-place winner, who competes with all the first-place VFW Department (state) winners, receives a $30,000 scholarship that is paid directly to the recipient's American university, college or vocational/technical school.

Besides competing for the top scholarship prize, as well as other national scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $16,000, each Department's first-place winner receives an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in March (annually), sponsored by Target.

The Voice of Democracy Program began in 1946 and was originally sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters. Initially, there were four winners selected, representing the North, South, East and West regions of the country. Each winner received a $500 savings bond and a wristwatch. The second year of the program, a student by the name of Charles Kuralt, the late television news broadcaster and author, was one of the winners.

It is endorsed by the contest criteria of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and is designed to foster patriotism by allowing students the opportunity to voice their opinion in a three-to-five minute essay based on an annual theme. Historically, the Voice of Democracy theme (chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief annually) is purposely kept broad in scope to allow the participant flexibility in interpretation, and thus, encourage originality. The new theme is posted on the website by May of each year.

The audiotape or audio CD (with the typed essay recited word-for-word), the actual typed essay, and completed official student entry form must be delivered to a local, participating VFW Post by the student entry deadline of November 1.

United Negro College Fund

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is an American philanthropic organization that fundraises college tuition money for black students and general scholarship funds for 39 private historically black colleges and universities. The UNCF was incorporated on April 25, 1944 by Frederick D. Patterson (then president of what is now Tuskegee University), Mary McLeod Bethune, and others. The UNCF is headquartered at 8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive in an unincorporated area in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, east of the city of Fairfax. In 2005, the UNCF supported approximately 65,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities with approximately $113 million in grants and scholarships. About 60% of these students are the first in their families to attend college, and 62% have annual family incomes of less than $25,000. UNCF also administers over 450 named scholarships. This is in contrast with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund that raises money for the public historically black colleges and universities.

The UNCF's president and chief executive officer is Michael Lomax. Past presidents of the UNCF included William H. Gray and Vernon Jordan. Though set up to address funding inequities in education resources for African Americans, the UNCF-administered scholarships are open to all ethnicities; the great majority of recipients are still African-American. It provides scholarships to students attending its member colleges as well as to those going elsewhere.

Graduates of UNCF scholarships have included many blacks in the fields of business, politics, health care and the arts. Some prominent UNCF alumni include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and leader in the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s; Alexis Herman, former U.S. Secretary of Labor; noted movie director Spike Lee; actor Samuel L. Jackson; General Chappie James, the U.S. Air Force’s first black four-star general; and Dr. David Satcher, a former U.S. Surgeon General and director of the Centers for Disease Control.

Fundraising and Lou Rawls Parade of Stars

The UNCF has received charitable donations for its scholarship programs. One of the more high profile donations made was by former U.S. President John F. Kennedy who donated the money from the Pulitzer Prize for his book Profiles in Courage to the Fund. The largest ever single donation was made in 1990 by Walter Annenberg who donated $50 million to the fund.

Beginning in 1980, singer Lou Rawls began the "Lou Rawls Parade of Stars" telethon to benefit the UNCF. The annual event, now known as "An Evening of Stars", consists of stories of successful African-American students who have graduated or benefited from one of the many historically black colleges and universities and who received support from the UNCF. The telethon featured comedy and musical performances from various artists in support of the UNCF's and Rawls' efforts. The event has raised over $200 million in 27 shows for the fund through 2006.

In January 2004, Rawls was honored by the United Negro College Fund for his more than 25 years of charity work with the organization. Instead of Rawls' hosting and performing, he was given the seat of honor and celebrated by his performing colleagues, including Stevie Wonder, The O'Jays, Gerald Levert, Ashanti, and several others. Before his death in January 2006, Rawls' last performance was a taping for the 2006 telethon that honored Wonder, months before entering the hospital after being diagnosed with cancer earlier in the year.

In addition to the telethon there are a number of other fundraising activities, including the "Walk for Education" held annually in Los Angeles, California, which includes a five kilometer walk/run. In Houston, Texas, the Cypresswood Golf Club hosts an annual golf tournament in April.

The UNCF motto

In 1972, the UNCF adopted, as its motto, the maxim, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste." This maxim has become one of the most widely recognized slogans in advertising history. The motto, which has been used in numerous award-winning UNCF ad campaigns, was created by Forest Long, of the advertising agency Young & Rubicam.

A lesser-known slogan the UNCF uses, in reference to its intended beneficiaries, points out about them, "They're not asking for a handout—just a hand."

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Thurgood Marshall College Fund

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc. (TMCF), named for the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, was established in 1987 and represents 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) located in 22 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands with a population of 235,000 students. By the end of 2009 the Thurgood Marshall College Fund had awarded more than $100 million in leadership development, programmatic and capacity building support, and scholarships to students attending member schools. Scholarships have enabled over 12,000 students to attend public Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Thurgood Marshall College Fund is a 501(c) 3, tax-exempt organization and has a “Four Star” rating by Charity Navigator (“Your Guide to Intelligent Giving”). The Thurgood Marshall College Fund was established in 1987 to carry on Justice Thurgood Marshall's legacy of ensuring equal access to higher education by supporting exceptional scholars attending America's public historically black colleges and universities as well as six law schools which historically taught black students. This contrasts with the United Negro College Fund which supports private colleges.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund (formally Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund) was founded under the leadership of Dr. N. Joyce Payne, Director of the Office for the Advancement of Public Black Colleges (a division of the National Association of State Universities and Land- Grant Colleges), in cooperation with Phillip Morris USA, Miller Brewing Company, Sony Music, NBA, Reebok, and the American Association for State Colleges and Universities. Dwayne Ashley served as President and CEO for 10 years and raised more than $100 million during his tenure. He succeeded Johnny Parham, who served as Executive Director for 5 years.

Public Historically Black Colleges and Universities have been educating young men and women for over 168 years. TMCF is the only national organization to provide merit scholarships, programmatic and capacity building support to 47 public HBCUs. Since our inception, TMCF has provided more than $100 million in scholarships and programmatic support to students attending our 47 member public HBCUs and 6 Historically Black Law Schools.

More than eighty percent of all students enrolled in historically black colleges and universities attend TMCF member schools. Many public HBCU graduates have become leaders in the business, government and entertainment industries. However, few of these achievements would be possible without the support of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Ninety percent of all students attending public HBCUs require some form of financial assistance.

The Fund was renamed the Thurgood Marshall College Fund in 2006. It is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and has a “Four Star” rating by Charity Navigator.


During its first 22 years, TMCF has awarded more than $100 million in scholarships and support. The TMCF has a partnership with the Lilly Endowment Inc. which funded the training of over 600 Development executives at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy. In 2003, TMCF, five of its member universities and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation began a partnership to reform education at six high schools in rural and urban communities in Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina and Texas.

In 2007, the TMCF funded a study of minority recruiting practices by Fortune 400 companies and by government agencies that found that 13% of the college graduates were recruited from HBCUs and 87% were recruited from non-HBCU schools.

Thomas J. Watson Fellowship

The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship is a grant that enables graduating seniors to pursue a year of independent study outside the United States. The Fellowship Program was established by the children of Thomas J. Watson, the founder of IBM.

The fellowship itself grants recipients money to spend one year traveling in pursuit of their projects. Recipients are forbidden from reentering the United States and their home country for one year. Projects are not academically oriented, as the fellowship is intended to encourage exploration and new experiences rather than formal research. Currently the award is $25,000 per fellow or $35,000 for a fellow traveling with a spouse or dependent. The stipend also provides student loan repayment for the duration of the fellowship. Unlike many fellowships, the Watson Foundation requires no tangible output, emphasizing that the grant is an investment in a person rather than a project. During their travels the Fellows remain unaffiliated with a college or university, instead planning and administering their projects themselves. They are barred from working on a paying job, and are discouraged from joining organized volunteer projects for substantial periods of time.

Only graduates of 40 highly-selective small colleges are eligible. Institutions eligible to nominate Watson Fellows are esteemed small liberal arts colleges with an undergraduate population of fewer than 3,000 students. Since the program's inception in 1968, the foundation has awarded over 2,500 fellowships. Among the former Watson Fellows are included numerous diplomats, scholars, doctors, and artists. The breadth of experiences is so diverse as to include both the late Sudanese Vice-President John Garang as well as Tony Award winning Broadway director Julie Taymor.
Eligible Institutions for Watson Fellowships
Notable Watson Fellows

Nancy Bekavac, former President of Scripps College
Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize winning author and columnist
Tom Cole, U.S. Congressman from Oklahoma
John Garang, late Commander-in-Chief of the Sudanese People's Liberation Army and Vice-President of Sudan
David Grann, American journalist and best-selling author
Edward Hirsch, poet, President of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
John Payton, Civil Rights attorney
Steve Raichlen, BBQ Chef, author, and PBS cooking show host
Eric Rosengren, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
David Shipley, New York Times Op-Ed Editor
Julie Taymor, Oscar nominated, Emmy and Tony award winning director
Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, President of Kalamazoo College

Thomas A. Scott Fellowship in Hygiene

The Thomas A. Scott Fellowship in Hygiene was a competitive academic grant made at the University of Pennsylvania for the study of scientific hygiene and sanitary science, the precursors of the modern science of pathology. It was established in 1892 in the name of late railroad executive and financier Thomas Alexander Scott by his widow.

Shelby Davis Scholarship

The Shelby Davis Scholarship is granted to graduates of the United World Colleges to study at American universities. The Davis family's contribution to the United World Colleges, in scholarships and grants for building projects, represents the biggest contribution to international education ever made by a single donor (as of 2002).1 Shelby Davis, the scholarship's namesake, is an investor whose largest fund, Davis New York Venture, was named to the Forbes Honour Roll for mutual fund investments; he is the son of Shelby Cullom Davis.

Davis began the scholarship program in 2000, an open-ended grant that meets the full financial need of each United World College student who wishes to attend a participating university. The Shelby Davis Foundation scholarship in addition provides a $10,000 grant to the institution that matriculates the UWC student, as well as a $5,000 grant for that university's admissions outreach. Originally, the scholarship was offered to students matriculating at one of five colleges in the United States: the College of the Atlantic, Middlebury College, Colby College, Wellesley College or Princeton University. That network of eligible universities was expanded in 2004 to include 76 institutions in the United States, including other Ivy League institutions Harvard and Columbia University. Currently 821 UWC graduates are funded from 188 countries.

The scholarship is unusual as it is restricted to students who have already faced heavy competition, in their penultimate year of high school, to attend one of the United World Colleges where they will complete their high school education. The United World Colleges (UWCs) are a confederation of thirteen upper-level secondary schools located throughout the world that educate international students, many from developing countries, as they pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The colleges offer partial or full scholarships permitting students of all socio-economic backgrounds to participate in the peace project.

The Shelby Davis Scholarship provides those students who show financial need with the opportunity to pursue undergraduate study following their two-year UWC program. The funding, however, is limited to those attending American universities, opening the debate on whether such grants contribute to brain drain or provide skills to students from the developing world to better assist their home countries in the long term.

Shelby Davis Scholarship Participating universities

Names marked with an asterisk signify the original five universities.

1 Agnes Scott College| Decatur, GA

2 Amherst College| Amherst, MA

3 Bard College| Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

4 Barnard College| New York, NY

5 Bates College| Lewiston, ME

6 Boston Conservatory| Boston, MA

7 Bowdoin College| Brunswick, ME

8 Brandeis University| Waltham, MA

9 Brown University| Providence, RI

10 Bryn Mawr College| Bryn Mawr, PA

11 Bucknell University| Lewisburg, PA

12 Carleton College| Northfield, MN

13 Claremont McKenna College| Claremont, CA

14 Clark University| Worcester, MA

15 Colby College*| Waterville, ME

16 Colgate University| Hamilton, NY

17 College of the Atlantic*| Bar Harbor, ME

18 College of the Holy Cross| Worcester, MA

19 College of Idaho| Caldwell, ID

20 College of Notre Dame of Maryland| Baltimore, MD

21 Colorado College| Colorado Springs, CO

22 Columbia University| New York, NY

23 Connecticut College| New London, CT

24 Cornell University| Ithaca, NY

25 Dartmouth College| Hanover, NH

26 Denison University| Granville, OH

27 Dickinson College| Carlisle, PA

28 Duke University| Durham, NC

29 Earlham College| Richmond, IN

30 Franklin & Marshall College| Lancaster, PA

31 Georgetown University| Washington, DC

32 Gettysburg College| Gettysburg. PA

33 Grinnell College| Grinnell, IA

34 Hamilton College| Clinton, NY

35 Harvard College| Cambridge, MA

36 Haverford College| Haverford, PA

37 Hood College| Frederick, MD

38 Johns Hopkins University| Baltimore, MD

39 Kalamazoo College| Kalamazoo, MI

40 Kenyon College| Gambier, OH

41 Lafayette College| Easton, PA

42 Lake Forest College| Lake Forest, IL

43 Lehigh University| Bethlehem, PA

44 Lewis & Clark College| Portland, OR

45 Luther College| Decorah, IA

46 Macalester College| Saint Paul, MN

47 Methodist University| Fayetteville, NC

48 Middlebury College*| Middlebury, VT

49 MIT| Cambridge, MA

50 Mount Holyoke College| South Hadley, MA

51 Northwestern University| Evanston, IL

52 Oberlin College| Oberlin, OH

53 Occidental College**| Los Angeles, CA

54 Pomona College**| Claremont, CA

55 Princeton University*| Princeton, NJ

56 Randolph-Macon College| Ashland, VA

57 Reed College| Portland, OR

58 Ringling College of Art and Design| Sarasota, FL

59 San Francisco Art Institute| San Francisco, CA

60 Sarah Lawrence College**| Bronxville, NY

61 Scripps College| Claremont, CA

62 Simmons College| Boston, MA

63 School of the Art Institute of Chicago| Chicago, IL

64 Skidmore College| Saratoga Springs, NY

65 Smith College| Northampton, MA

66 St. John's College| Annapolis, MD & Santa Fe, NM

67 St. Lawrence University| Canton, NY

68 St. Olaf College**| Northfield, MN

69 Stanford University| Palo Alto, CA

70 Swarthmore College| Swarthmore, PA

71 Trinity College| Hartford, CT

72 Tufts University| Medford, MA

73 Union College| Schenectady, NY

74 University of Chicago| Chicago, IL

75 University of Florida| Gainesville, FL

76 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill| Chapel Hill, NC

77 University of Notre Dame| South Bend, IN

78 University of Oklahoma| Norman, OK

79 University of Pennsylvania| Philadelphia, PA

80 University of Richmond| Richmond, VA

81 University of Virginia| Charlottesville, VA

82 Vassar College| Poughkeepsie, NY

83 Wartburg College| Waverly, IA

84 Washington & Lee University| Lexington, VA

85 Wellesley College*| Wellesley, MA

86 Wesleyan University| Middletown, CT

87 Westminster College| Fulton, MO

88 Wheaton College| Norton, MA

89 Whitman College| Walla Walla, WA

90 Williams College| Williamstown, MA

91 Yale University| New Haven, CT

Rose Education Foundation

The Rose Education Foundation is a U.S.-based non-profit educational organization that seeks to provide high quality educational opportunities for children in Guatemala. The Rose Foundation works with Brigham Young University and Universidad Galileo to provide teacher training programs every summer in Guatemala City.

The mission of the Rose Foundation is to promote, support, and establish educational opportunities for children in disadvantaged areas of Guatemala. The foundation also seeks to strengthen individuals and families by encouraging and teaching valuable life skills, by developing honorable citizens and leaders, and by promoting educational excellence.


The first Rose school began operations in 1997 through the financial support of founder Nedra Roney. Since that time, Ms. Roney has given the foundation a grant that provides for the entire current operating budget of the foundation. This grant allows 100% of donor contributions to be used exclusively for educating the students. In the beginning, there was one small school in Patzicia. In 1997, that school served approximately 50 children. Two other schools have since been organized, one in Chimaltenango and the other in Momostenango. In addition to these schools, the Rose Foundation supports several other schools with training, administrative, and volunteer support. These schools have a combined enrollment of over 1,500 students. In November 1999, the foundation received recognition from the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public non-profit organization.

The Rose Education Foundation offices in Guatemala are located in Chimaltenango. Offices in the US are located in Provo, Utah.

Robertson Scholars Program

The Robertson Scholars Program is a joint full-ride merit scholarship and leadership development program at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The scholarship offers participants a unique “dual citizenship” at both Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill to approximately 36 students selected from among the more than 39,000 applications to the two schools each year.

The program also runs a bus service connecting the Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill campuses. The program was created in 2000 by benefactor Julian Robertson, a 1955 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. Mr. Robertson sought to increase collaboration between Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill as well as to recruit students to the two universities. His initial $24 million gift as well as his subsequent gifts to the program and the universities are overseen by a Board of Directors including Duke University President Richard Brodhead, UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp, and Julian Robertson himself.

The program covers all college costs (tuition, room and board, a laptop, plus a living stipend) and provides recipients full funding for three summers of global travel, research, and internships. The summer components of the program have served as a model for DukeEngage, an initiative to offer the opportunity for summer research and internships to all Duke undergraduates

Program participants have regularly won Truman Scholarships and Fulbright Fellowships. (2005).


In December 2006, the Duke Student Government banned UNC-Chapel Hill based Robertson Scholars from participating in tenting for the Duke game versus UNC-Chapel Hill, although they can still get in via the walk-up line. This caused considerable controversy on the campus and garnered national media attention.

More recently, questions have been raised about the ability of Duke-based Robertson Scholars to vote in UNC-Chapel Hill student government elections.

Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program

The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program is a federally-funded and state-administered merit-based scholarship program in the United States. It is designed to recognize exceptionally able high school seniors who show promise of continued excellence in postsecondary education. The United States Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education awards funds to state education agencies, which award scholarships (also known as Byrd Honors Scholarships) to eligible applicants. Students receive scholarship funds which are to go towards college expenses.


The Byrd Honors Scholarships were established in 1985, providing $1,500 nonrenewable scholarships to eligible students. In 1993, the program was expanded to allow students who successfully completed their first year of college to reapply for stipends for the following three years. This brought the scholarship to its current value of $6,000 over four years. To pay for the over 27,000 scholars supported by the program, appropriations for the program have been near $40,000,000 annually.
Application Requirements

Each state sets the criteria for awarding the Byrd Honors Scholarships in addition to federal requirements. In any case, all applicants must be high school graduates who:

* have been accepted for enrollment at institutions of higher education(IHEs) in the United States;
* have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement;
* and who show promise of continued academic excellence.

Camp Rising Sun full-scholarship

Camp Rising Sun is an invitation-only, international, full-scholarship, leadership summer program for students aged 14–16. Operated by the Louis August Jonas Foundation (LAJF), a non-profit organization, the program lasts for seven weeks. There is a boys' facility in Red Hook, New York and a separate girls' facility in Clinton, New York, about 90 miles (140 km) north of New York City in the Hudson River Valley. Participants come from all over the world and are chosen by merit. Instead of being asked to pay for tuition, campers are requested to pass along to someone else the benefits they gained.

There are alumni organizations in numerous countries with more than 5,000 alumni around the world. Camp Rising Sun alumni include a United Nations Under-Secretary General, a president of Harvard University, a winner of the Intel Science Talent Search, a Foreign Minister of South Korea, two former Israeli ambassadors and an Under Secretary of State in the Carter administration.

In 1996, a group of Danish and other European alumni founded Camp Rising Sun Europe for young women. Organized and maintained by the George E. Jonas Foundation and the Camp Rising Sun Alumni Association of Denmark, the program is located in Stendis, Region Midtjylland, Denmark. Located on 176 acres in upstate New York, Camp Rising Sun (CRS) is one of the longest continuously running summer programs in the United States. It was founded just after the stock market crash in 1929 by philanthropist George E. Jonas with the mission to "develop in promising young people from diverse backgrounds a lifelong commitment to sensitive and responsible leadership for the betterment of their communities and world."

The son of a successful businessman, Jonas grew up in privilege and wealth, but was troubled about the advantages he had in comparison to others. He grew dismayed at the world. Pondering what he could do to bring a measure of stability and peace to the world, he reasoned that hope rested in the youth of the world and he began to consider what might encourage, stimulate and motivate them. He got the idea to start a camp, one that "is interested not merely in the boy, but in the man the boy will become." He set up a foundation, naming it after his father; the foundation runs the camp. For decades, Jonas personally interviewed many prospective campers and he was fondly called by all by his nickname, "Freddie".

After World War II, the program was expanded to include youth from every region of the world. In 1947, the first two African American boys were invited to attend and 1989, a girls' program was established. Jonas remained closely associated with the program until the time of his death in 1978. Campers from outside the United States have an opportunity to stay with an American family or with US campers or alumni, enabling them to experience what it's like to live in America.

The selection of participants is highly competitive and is based on a candidate's potential leadership ability, intellect (demonstrated academic achievement and ability to think critically), character, and individuality (developed abilities and interests). Camp alumni are generally responsible for selecting new campers from their countries, but in some cases, government officials such as the Minister of Education or an ambassador, do the selecting (or did, in decades past).

The program is neither religious nor political, but with campers coming from all over the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and elsewhere, politics and religion are just two of the many topics that come up for discussion.

Camp Rising Sun's reputation is built on the conviction that there is much to be learned through experience and interaction with those from other cultures and nations. A boy from Nigeria may ask a boy from Alabama about racism in the United States or while working together in the kitchen, someone from Palestine may share personal experiences of life in the midst of the Middle East conflict. Campers help with all aspects of the camp, including meal preparation and maintenance, and work together on intellectual or cultural projects of their own choosing. They also conceive of and carry out landcaping projects to improve the camp, such as building a Finnish sauna or a Japanese rock garden. The eight weeks at CRS become a life-transforming experience. Alumni often choose professions of service and stay involved with the camp for decades after, if not the rest of their lives. One CSR alumnus, Herbert Hall (b. 1923), wrote in an unpublished memoir,
“ During the spring semester [of tenth grade at Boys High School], completely without my knowledge, I was recommended to an organization called the Walden Foundation, which operated a boys’ camp in upstate New York called Camp Rising Sun. Its founder, George Jonas, visited us at home and spoke with Aunty and me about attending the camp, whose charter was to provide a broadening experience for boys aged 12 to 17 from varied backgrounds and cultures. I became a camper for the summers of 1936 and 1937, and the experience had a marked influence on the rest of my life. ”

Nurturing tomorrow's leaders

“ The world desperately needs men of good will, men with vision, men who will not be daunted by heavy odds against them.”

With understanding adults outside the family circle, a boy can learn to stretch far.
— George E. Jonas, Founder

The Louis August Jonas Foundation is guided by the philosophy of the founder. The camp's mission is to "develop in promising young people from diverse backgrounds a lifelong commitment to sensitive and responsible leadership for the betterment of their communities and world." In following Jonas' mission, the camp nurtures leadership skills and the training comes with practical experience. Each camper gets the chance to be camp leader for one day. Called the sachem (a word that means an Algonquian "chief"), the camper is in charge. Feedback, both from the staff and peers, is given to further gain from the experience. Staff members, typically graduate students or teachers, provide support.

The goal of the program is that participants will integrate what they learn at Camp Rising Sun into their lives and pass it along to others. After the two months of sharing and working together, Jonas wanted campers to return to their communities the benefits they had gained. He said, "We ask that the boys return to life, some day and in some way, the good they have received from it. So, we do ask a price, and its a rather high one." One sophomore in Charleston, South Carolina came home with an idea to improve race relations that he wanted to propose to the Youth Services agency in his city.

reating a community

An international community is created with just one or two teenagers from countries as disparate as Finland, Poland, Ethiopia, France, Japan, Ecuador, Hungary, Australia, Italy, Nigeria, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Lithuania, Germany, Bulgaria, Ghana and Malasia with youngsters from all across the United States. Campers live together in tents (at the US camps) and in rooms at the European camp. Bunking assignments are changed every two weeks, so that each student shares accommodations with 16 different young people over the course of a summer, during the course of which, he or she is exposed to many different cultures and individuals. Dining hall table assignments are changed weekly, further supporting the opportunity to learn about others and make new friendships. By the time the campers leave, they have friends all over the world.

After two months of exposure to many other nationalities, international issues became personal concerns. "It's not just Iran anymore. It's my friend, Sepideh, who lives in Iran," said one camper after her summer at CRS. Many of these friendships continue through the decades and there are periodic world reunions, each time meeting in a different country.

Camp activities

Jonas said, "Schools give you technical training, but they don't necessarily teach you how to think" and set up his camp to supply that need.

While CRS includes swimming, boating, hiking, ping pong, soccer, basketball, tennis and other sports, its focus is providing opportunities for intellectual growth, for development of leadership skills, and appreciation of the value of diversity. The program challenges campers to try new things, but also offers them the option of participating or not, a freedom some have never experienced before. Campers work together in peer-led teams to take care of the daily maintenance needs of the camp. Counselors are skilled in a variety of disciplines from lifesaving to Japanese wrestling to filmmaking. There is instruction by staff, visiting alumni, guests, or other students on subjects like international affairs, poetry, theater, microscopes, filmmaking, creative writing, landscaping, history, music, art, drama, philosophy, ethics, and nature. Three weekly newspapers, written and produced by campers, document the comedic, artistic, and overall progress of the camp.

Students work on projects they conceive, plan and manage, both individually and in peer-led groups. There are evening artistic and intellectual programs, most often planned and executed by campers. At the end of July, there is a dramatic or musical production, involving the entire camp community. Each Saturday evening, there is a large campfire, at which campers discuss their different countries and cultures, about global issues, prejudice and hate and hear presentations, sometimes by outside lecturers.

There is also time are available each day for campers to pursue their own activity, be it sports, the arts, reading, an educational pursuit, swimming in the pool or just talking with other campers. Campers are also encouraged to write down their innermost thoughts, which in earlier decades, were filed with the camp and sent back to the former camper when he reached 21.

A camper's journal from 2006 provides insight into a typical day at Camp Rising Sun.
“ After waking up at 8 a.m., I had breakfast, attended morning assembly, and worked in the kitchen during teamwork time. For project time, a few campers and I mapped out a plan for a garden that we hoped to plant on cabin hill. After lunch and rest hour, I went to an instruction called "Words Words Words" where a counselor Amy (Utah) and about seven campers practiced creative writing and poetry.

During free time I went swimming with a bunch of other campers. It was Hester's (The Netherlands) birthday, so dinner became a celebration. I received five letters, and since it's camp tradition, I had to sing to receive them. For the evening program we did Scottish dancing. It was a fun-filled day! After tent check at 10 p.m., I stayed awake and talked with Sepideh (Iran), Anissa (New York), Su Bin (Korea) and Annalisa (Utah), the hiking counselor.

Effects of the current financial crisis

Because of the worldwide financial crisis that began in 2007, there was no camp program held in 2009 in the United States and the European program was cancelled for 2010.

CRS Alumni

CRS campers become members of an international alumni association which is supportive of their evolving interests in college and careers. CRS alumni have gone on to attend some of the world's finest colleges and universities. The LAJF website has a College Roster which connects young alumni with older alumni who are attending or have attended a broad range of colleges, universities and professional schools. Many alumni later speak of their experiences at CRS, such as when writing their college essays. LAJF also supports a college scholarship program. While the Rising Sun experience is measured in weeks, the effects of the experience continue to develop and to play out over decades.

Wayne Reitz Scholars Program

The J. Wayne Reitz Scholars Program is leadership and merit-based scholarship for students at the University of Florida located in Gainesville, Florida. The scholarship offers a yearly $2,500 stipend that may be renewed for up to three years. The program was created in 1997 and named in honor of the university's fifth president, J. Wayne Reitz, who served from 1955 to 1967. In addition to leading an agrressive construction campaign that added over 300 structures to the university's physical plant, Reitz was remembered as being close to the student body and was able to peacefully implement racial integration of the university, the first institution in the State University System of Florida to do so. The first African-American student was enrolled in the College of Law during his term, and Reitz's close relationship to the student body was instrumental in curbing attempts to resist the court order to integrate.

Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program

The Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program (PRISP) is a program which "links undergraduate and graduate students with US security and intelligence agencies" by providing funding to selected US students entering university, in return for a commitment to join the agency for at least 18 months on graduation. PRISP is a decentralized program which funds students through various intelligence agencies.

Students are required not to reveal their funding, and must attend "summer military intelligence camps." There have been fears raised by academics in the US and UK that the program might put anthropology students at risk when they do overseas fieldwork in dangerous locations, by creating the possibility that students on fieldwork are linked with US intelligence agencies. The secrecy is "a reminder for some of the bad old days of the 1960s, when the FBI and CIA kept tabs on the political views of U.S. professors."

The brainchild of University of Kansas anthropologist Felix Moos, who was advocating it as early as 1995, PRISP was originally a $4m pilot project funded under section 318 of the 2004 Intelligence Authorization Act. In the pilot phase, between 100 and 150 students received funding. In June 2009 it was reported that Barack Obama's administration was planning to make PRISP a permanent program.

PRISP is named for Senator Pat Roberts (the then Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence); in April 2009, Citizens Against Government Waste gave PRISP a "Narcissist Award".

In 2005, following PRISP, an additional, similar program (Intelligence Community Scholars Program, ICSP) was approved. "ICSP participants owe two years of intelligence agency work for every year of funded education.

O'Reilly Foundation Scholarship

The O'Reilly Foundation is a personal charitable trust set up in 1998 by media magnate, and former CEO of Heinz, Sir Anthony "Tony" O'Reilly. It's function is the funding of educational projects; the two main work areas are capital developments at Irish colleges and a annual post-graduate scholarship programme for young people normally resident in Ireland, with the aim of "supporting charitable endeavours for the betterment of Ireland and to promote excellence, global vision, community responsibility and leadership. General authority is vested in a Board of Trustees including, from the beginning, O'Reilly's current wife Chryss Goulandris, Lady O'Reilly as chairperson, plus his six children from his first marriage: Susan Wildman, Cameron O'Reilly, Justine O'Reilly, Gavin O'Reilly, Caroline Dempsey, and Tony O'Reilly, Junior. The oversight of the postgraduate scholarship scheme, is vested in the Scholarship Board, first chaired by the economist T. K. Whitaker, and subsequently by former Registrar of University College Dublin, Professor Emeritus John Kelly. The Foundation has just one staff member, an executive secretary.

The programme, which began in 1999, provides awards of around 25,400 euro annually. In most years, two Scholars are nominated, for two years each, but in some years, there are three Scholars, and in some years, there will be a Scholar with a one-year award. The Foundation sponsors scholars who have an excellent academic record (First Class Honours - in the Irish / British systems - preferred) and who "have demonstrated leadership qualities", as well as the "potential and desire to make a significant contribution to the future of Ireland" .

The scholarships are stated to be chiefly aimed at Ph.D. candidates but have in fact been awarded for a wide range of types of student. Certain disciplines are noted as preferences, namely Business Studies and Marketing, Science and Technology, Arts, Media Studies and Law.

Nevada Millennium Scholarship

The Nevada Millennium Scholarship, also known as the Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship, offers Nevada high school graduates free or reduced tuition to in-state universities and colleges like the University of Nevada, Reno and University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

In 1999, Governor Kenny Guinn’s Millennium Scholarship initiative was enacted into law by the Nevada Legislature; the legislation (NRS 396.911) created the Millennium Scholarship trust fund to be administered by the State Treasurer. In October, the Board of Regents adopted policy guidelines for the administration of the scholarship.

Although there are a number of pathways to the Millennium Scholarship, by far the most common will be the successful completion of a rigorous program of study at a Nevada high school.

1. You must graduate with a diploma from a Nevada class of the year 2000 or later;
2. You must complete high school with at least a 3.25 grade point average calculated using all high average may be weighted or unweighted. You must pass all areas of the Nevada High School Proficiency Examination; and
3. You must have been a resident of Nevada, for at least two of your high school years.

The scholarship was created using the money that Nevada received from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

National Security Education Program

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) is a U.S. federal government initiative in which U.S. citizens are given funding and training in critical languages (strategic languages) "to serve the needs of U.S. national security and national competitiveness." Some funding comes in exchange for a commitment to U.S. federal government service upon completion of academic study. NSEP is aimed at building a wider pool of Americans with foreign language and international skills by involving participants in "innovative, intensive, and long-term programs designed to provide meaningful opportunities to gain significant competencies in these languages and cultures." Selected through an annual nationwide competition, Boren awards are consistently listed as being among the most prestigious academic awards in the United States.

NSEP was established by the National Security Education Act. It is managed by the National Security Education Board (NSEB), which meets once a year "to review and make recommendations based on program mission and objectives." The board is chaired by the Secretary of Defense, who has delegated responsibility to the Deputy Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness. The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (OSD/P&R) provides policy oversight to NSEP. The NSEB is assisted by the NSEP Group of Advisors, "who provide more detailed review of program performance and administration." The NSEP Office (NSEPO) is located in Arlington, Virginia.

National Merit Scholarship Program

The National Merit Scholarship Program is a United States academic scholarship competition for recognition and college scholarships administered by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), a privately funded, not-for-profit organization. The program began in 1955. NMSC conducts two annual competitions for recognition and scholarships: the National Merit Scholarship Program, which is open to all students who meet entry requirements, and the National Achievement Scholarship Program in which only African American students participate. Each year a total of approximately 10,500 scholarships are awarded through NMSC programs. The corporation's headquarters are located in Evanston, Illinois.

Of the 1.5 million entrants, about 50,000 qualify for recognition. More than two-thirds of those qualified receive Letters of Commendation; about a third of the 50,000 become Semifinalists, about 94% of whom go on to become Finalists. Over half of the Finalists are selected to receive scholarships underwritten by corporations and business organizations, colleges and universities, and by NMSC with its own funds. To enter the competition, a student must

* be enrolled full time as a high school student progressing normally toward completion of high school and planning to enroll full time in college in the fall following the completion of high school;
* be a citizen of the United States or be a U.S. lawful permanent resident who intends to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law, or have applied for permanent residency with the intention of becoming a U.S. citizen at the earliest possible opportunity and have not been denied; and
* take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in the specified year of the high school program, usually the junior (11th grade) year and usually at one's own school. Students completing high school in three (3) years or less must be in the last or next-to-last year of high school when they take the test. Students unable to take the exam because of an extenuating circumstance, such as severe illness or natural disaster, may be permitted to substitute subsequent SAT results by making arrangements with NMSC no later than March 1 following the exam that was missed.


The NMSC uses the PSAT/NMSQT as the initial screen of over 1.5 million program entrants. In the spring of the junior year, NMSC determines a national Selection Index qualifying score (critical reading + math + writing skills scores) for "Commended" recognition, which is calculated each year to yield students at about the 96th percentile (top 50,000 highest scorers). Scores in the 200's and above (out of 240) often qualify for recognition, but qualifying levels change annually depending on how the top approximately 50,000 high scorers fared. Qualification levels also vary by state, and qualifying levels are higher in competitive states such as California and New York. For the 2009/2010 school year, a score of 217 was required in California to qualify. Notification is mailed to school principals in April regarding students who scored at or above this level. The principals then notify their students of their status. These students are given the opportunity to identify two colleges or universities to which they would like NMSC to send their scores.

National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist

Early the next September (beginning of the senior year, almost a year after the PSAT/NMSQT was taken), NMSC determines Selection Index qualifying scores for further recognition by state (including three other areas: DC, US Territories and Commonwealths, and students enrolled in schools outside the US) and US boarding schools (by geographic region). About 16,000 of the 50,000 are recognized as National Merit Semifinalists in this process. The Selection Index qualifying scores for Semifinalist standing vary from state to state and from year to year. Each state is allocated a percentage of Semifinalists based on the percentage of that state's graduating seniors out of the nation's total. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation does not release to the public the minimum qualifying score required per state. In August after the PSAT was taken, high school principals are mailed notification about their Semifinalists. Principals communicate these results to their students, though some misread the NMSC materials and do not release them until the NMSC press release, which comes in mid-September. Those not making Semifinalist are "Commended", and receive a Letter of Commendation; they do not continue in the competition for Merit Scholarship awards.

National Merit Scholarship Program Finalist

Semifinalists must fulfill additional requirements and advance to the Finalist level of the competition to be considered for a scholarship. Approximately 15,000 of the 16,000 Semifinalists advance to Finalist standing by submitting SAT scores that confirm the earlier PSAT/NMSQT performance, having an outstanding academic record, and being endorsed and recommended by a high school official. They must also submit an application that includes high school courses and grades, extracurricular and volunteer activities, and a self-descriptive essay. The information that is collected about each Semifinalist is used later in the process to choose scholarship winners. All Finalists receive a Certificate of Merit in recognition of their outstanding performance in the competition.

National Merit Scholarship Program Scholarships

Of the 15,000 Finalists, about 8,200 receive Merit Scholarship awards. All Finalists are considered for one of the 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships, which are awarded on a state representational basis. NMSC's own funds support the majority of these awards but corporate sponsors help underwrite these awards with grants they provide to NMSC in lieu of paying administrative fees. About 1,100 Merit Scholarship awards are provided by corporate sponsors for Finalists who meet criteria specified by the sponsor. Most of these awards are for children of the sponsor's employees, for Finalists living in a particular geographic area, or for Finalists who have career plans the sponsor wishes to encourage. These two types of awards can be used at any regionally accredited college or university in the United States. There are also approximately 4,600 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who plan to attend a sponsor college. Finalists report to NMSC their first choice college (College-Sponsored Merit Awards). In addition, about 1,500 program participants who are below the Finalist level receive Special Scholarships provided by corporate sponsors.

Before receiving an award, a Finalist must (a) notify NMSC of plans to enroll in a college or university in the United States that holds accredited status with a regional accrediting commission on higher education, and (b) plan to enroll full time in an undergraduate course of study leading to a traditional baccalaureate degree. NMSC scholarship stipends are not payable for attendance at service academies, virtual universities, and certain institutions that are limited in their purposes or training. A number of National Merit Scholars do not receive a monetary award because their educational plans or other awards preclude receipt of a monetary scholarship; however, these students may be honored as Honorary Merit Scholars, a designation that acknowledges achievement without providing any financial assistance.

National Achievement Scholarship Program

Black American students who meet entry requirements and request consideration when they take the PSAT/NMSQT can enter the National Achievement Scholarship Program as well as the National Merit Program. The two programs are conducted concurrently; however, a student's standing in each program is determined independently. Black students can qualify for recognition, become candidates for awards, and be honored as Scholars in both competitions, but they can receive only one monetary award from NMSC. Students who are chosen as both National Achievement and National Merit Scholars receive the monetary award that is most advantageous to them and are recognized as Honorary Scholars in the other program.

Steps in the Achievement Scholarship competition are parallel to those in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Of 160,000 entrants, some 3,000 students are referred to colleges for their academic potential and an additional 1,600 students are designated Semifinalists on a regional representation basis. Semifinalists are the highest scorers in the states that make up each region and have an opportunity to continue in the competition for scholarships.

Around 1,300 Semifinalists go on to be named Finalists and about 800 receive scholarships. These include 700 National Achievement $2500 Scholarships, most of which are provided by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, and about 100 corporate-sponsored Achievement Scholarships awards.

National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts

The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (known by the acronym NFAA) honors the most talented high school seniors, or, more specifically, American students in the 17-18 year-old age bracket, in the performing, visual and literary arts through the youngARTS program (formerly known as the acronym ARTS). The youngARTS program is considered by many to be the most prestigious arts competition for young adults; it is the exclusive nominating organization for the Presidential Scholars of the Arts.

NFAA was founded in 1981 by the late Ted Arison, founder of Carnival Cruise Lines, and his wife Lin Arison, with a mission to identify emerging artists and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development; and to raise the appreciation for, and support of, the arts in American society.

youngARTS accepts registrations in nine disciplines:

* Cinematic Arts – animation, narrative, and non-narrative
* Dance – ballet, jazz dance, tap, modern dance, choreography, and world dance forms
* Jazz – composition and instrumental
* Music – composition and instrumental
* Photography – color, black & white, digital, silver process, etc.
* Theater – spoken and musical
* Visual Arts – painting, drawing, sculpture, multi-media, ceramics, scenic design, costume design, fashion design, jewelry, among others
* Voice – classical, jazz, and popular
* Writing – poetry, short story, novel, creative non-fiction, playwriting/scriptwriting

Eligibility and requirements

youngARTS is open to American students or students who have residency status. Students must either be in their senior year of high school or age 17-18 on December 1 to be eligible for youngARTS. High school juniors of any age are not eligible until their senior year. High school seniors and college students who have not yet turned 17 are also eligible. Registrations are due by October 1 each year and audition/portfolio materials must be received at NFAA headquarters by November 5. Students register for the program online at []. Parents, students, and teachers may review the requirements in each discipline at the website:

Students submit DVD’s, CD’s, digital portfolios, or writing samples depending upon their chosen discipline(s). The materials are judged by arts professionals and university educators in mid-November and award levels are announced on December 1.

Using a completely blind judging process and a standard-of-excellence-based adjudication system, youngARTS selects between 600-800 students for recognition and awards more than $500,000 in cash each year. Colleges, universities, and conservatories offer an additional $3 million in scholarships to students who register for youngARTS.


Students who rank in the Top 5% of the registrants receive a Merit Award of $100. In 2007, a total of 323 students received Merit Awards.

Students who rank in the Top 3% of the registrants receive an Honorable Mention Award of $250. In 2007, a total of 185 students received Honorable Mention Awards.

For the 2007 NFAA youngARTS program, 141 students were designated as National Finalists and were invited to attend youngARTS Week in Miami, Florida all expenses paid during the second week of January. youngARTS Week, Jan. 7-13, 2008, provides the Finalists with a series of master classes, showcase performances, exhibitions, readings, interviews, interdisciplinary activities, enrichment programs, and final, live auditions which determined their award level. Each National Finalist is placed in one of six levels of excellence with a corresponding cash award:

* Gold Award $10,000
* Silver Award $5,000
* Level I Award $3,000
* Level II Award $1,500
* Level III Award $1,000
* Level IV Award $500

The approximately 20-40 students chosen as Gold and Silver award winners participate in a second youngARTS week in late spring. Held in New York, the week culminates in several performances of an interdisciplinary show.

youngARTS finalists are able to work with phenomenal master teachers as part of both youngARTS weeks. Notable master teachers include Edward Albee, Liv Ullmann, Frank Gehry, Placido Domingo, Vanessa Williams, Raul Esparza, and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Presidential Scholars Program

Since 1982, NFAA youngARTS has also been the exclusive nominating organization to the Presidential Scholars Program which is governed by the Commission on Presidential Scholars for the selection of Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Up to sixty (60) NFAA youngARTS Week National Finalists are nominated to the Commission after youngARTS Week. These nominees submit additional candidacy materials to the Presidential Scholars Program by mid-February. The Commission selects twenty (20) youngARTS Winners as the Presidential Scholars in the Arts.

The youngArts Scholars join 121 Scholars chosen for academic excellence and receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC in June where they are honored by the President in a White House Ceremony. The Scholars in the performing arts are featured in the Salute to the Presidential Scholars at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The works of the Scholars in the visual and literary arts are exhibited at a national gallery for the month of June.

Only high school seniors are eligible. Finalists in college cannot participate.

Other programs and activities

NFAA also produces a production highlighting its Silver and Gold award winners in New York City each spring. Most recently, NFAA produced 'In the Studio' at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.

NFAA publishes the youngARTS magazine three times each year and distributes it to high schools and teachers nationwide. youngARTS details the accomplishments of artists who have been honored by youngARTS over the years and gives an inside look into the organization and its programs. All issues of youngARTS are available for viewing on the youngARTS website, [].

NFAA also produces an annual Educators Conference during youngARTS Week for high school teachers who want to enhance their skills at preparing their students for the college audition/interview process. The conference brings teachers together with admissions representatives of the nation’s leading arts schools for discussions and presentations.

Several documentaries have been produced highlighting this unique program and its extremely talented award recipients. Most notably, 'Rehearsing a Dream,' produced by the Simon and Goodman Picture Company, was nominated for the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject. A documentary series entitled 'Masterclass,' a documentary program involving these students and famous mentors, is also scheduled to air on HBO.

Mothers Off Duty Scholarships

Mothers Off Duty (M.O.D.) is a nonprofit, 501(c) (3) women's organization, founded in 1991 in the belief that the duties of motherhood extend beyond the immediate family. The group describes the core of the non-profit's mission as " in the prevention of teen pregnancy; support parental responsibility and promote continued education among mothers through mentoring, scholarships, and other community outreach targeting children and young women. Mothers Off Duty (M.O.D). was founded on June 29, 1991, by Faith Taylor and novelist Lori Bryant-Woolridge, and incorporated as a non-profit in August 1997.

Organization Programs and Outreach Projects

* Mother-to-Mother Mentoring Program
* Children's Together Shelter
* Choice Beginnings Teen Parent Seminar

Mothers Off Duty has also worked closely with a children's shelter in South Orange, New Jersey. The members, scholarship recipients and their families have prepared home-cooked Christmas dinners with Santa, and conducted Easter egg hunts and other holiday activities for the children in the shelter. Additional assistance has ranged from providing clothing and food to purchasing a stove for their facility.

Sponsored Scholarships, Stipends, and Awards

The Mothers Off Duty Scholarship Award Since 1993, Mothers Off Duty has given almost $80,000 in scholarships. The $500 award is given to an academically sound high school senior who is a mother or mother-to-be, and has been accepted to an accredited college or technical school. The Mothers Off Duty Scholarship is based on both need and merit. The money is deposited directly into the recipient's college account to be used for books or other school related expenses, including study abroad programs. Students who show progress in their studies can have their scholarships renewed for an additional $750 per year.

* In 2002, M.O.D. awarded its first full scholarship (tuition, room and board) to a deserving student mother at Voorhees College in South Carolina.

* The Mother-to-Mother Scholarship Fund was also established in 2002 at Bennett College in North Carolina to assist student mothers with academic and professional assistance.

* The M.O.D. Rutgers Scholarship Fund is administered by Rutgers University and is available to student mothers in financial need. From 1999-2002, M.O.D. donated nearly $9000 this fund.

Mothers Off Duty Summer Camp Stipend In 1998, M.O.D. initiated the Summer Camp Stipend. Partnering with the local YWCA, M.O.D. provides tuition for up to four needy children from local shelters to attend Camp Lenoloc, a two-week sleep-away camp located in upstate New York.

The Mother of Distinction (M.O.D.) Award The Alice P. Hawkins and Delores Capers Gamble Mother of Distinction Awards honor mothers who have successfully balanced parenting with their professional lives, while at the same time making a difference in the lives of others. The organization seeks to honor everyday heroines who are working in their local communities to better things, particularly for women and children. Each honoree receives a $500 award to donate to her favorite charity.

Past honorees include:

* Lorraine Madry, Executive Director of the Urban Woman's Retreat, a shelter for battered women in Harlem, New York
* Marie Dutton Brown, a literary agent whose successful career in publishing has helped bring multicultural talent to the world's bookshelves
* Dr. Montrae Thomas, a New Jersey pediatrician whose mentoring and pro bono work has provided much needed medical attention and information to her community.

Annual Fundraisers and Events

* Mothers Off Duty Annual Gala and Auction
* Mothers Of Distinction Award Gospel Brunch

Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation

The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation is an Executive Branch office of the United States Government. The Foundation was established by the Congress in 1992 to honor Morris Udall’s thirty years of service in the House of Representatives. Congress amended the name in 2009 to include Stewart Udall, in recognition of his public service. The full official name of the Foundation is Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation. The President of the United States appoints its board of trustees with the advice and consent of the Senate. The purpose and motto of the Foundation is “Scholarship and Excellence in national environmental policy.” To support this purpose the Foundation’s programs are:

* Annual scholarships and fellowships to outstanding students who intend to pursue careers related to the natural environment. A student who receives such a scholarship may be known as Udall Scholar.
* Annual scholarships and internships to outstanding Native American and Alaska Native college students who intend to pursue careers in health care and tribal public policy.
* Parks in Focus, which takes young people into national and state parks to expose them to the grandeur of the nation's natural resources and instill a sustainable appreciation for the environment.
* Host an annual conference or discussion of contemporary environmental or Native American issues.
* A program for environmental policy research and a program for environmental conflict resolution at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona.
* The U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, which provides mediation and other services to assist in resolving federal environmental conflicts.
* The Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy (NNI), which focuses on leadership education for tribal leaders and on policy research. The Morris K. Udall Foundation and the University of Arizona founded NNI, which is an outgrowth of the research programs of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.

According to the Foundation the Foundation expects to award 80 scholarships of up to $5,000 and 50 honorable mentions of $350 on the basis of merit to sophomore and junior-level college students who:

* Have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment; or:
* Have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy or health care, and are Native American or Alaska Native

According to the Foundation, the Native American Congressional Internship Program provides Native Americans and Alaska Natives with an insider’s view of the federal government. The ten-week internship in Washington, D.C. places students in Senate and House offices, committees, Cabinet departments and the White House, where they are able to observe government decision-making processes first-hand.

In 2006, the Foundation expects to award 12 internships on the basis of merit to Native Americans and Alaska Natives who:

* Are college juniors or seniors, recent graduates from tribal or four-year colleges, or graduate or law students;
* Have demonstrated an interest in fields related to tribal public policy, such as tribal governance, tribal law, Native American education, Native American health, Native American justice, natural resource protection, and Native American economic development.

The Foundation’s activities are supported by two distinct funds in the U.S. Treasury. Educational activities are supported primarily by interest generated by a trust fund established by Congress; the Foundation may also accept private donations for educational activities. The activities of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, which provides assessment, mediation, facilitation and related services to assist in resolving federal environmental conflicts, are supported by annual appropriations and fees charged for services. As of 2008 the Foundation’s top management comprises:
* Terrence L. Bracy, chair of the Board of Trustees
* Ellen Wheeler, Executive Director
* Mark Schaefer, Director, U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution
* Philip Lemanski, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Education Programs
* Lynne Gillette, Director of Operations, U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution