Scholarships and Grants
Scholarships and Grants
$35,500 Approved for Grants and Scholarships through August 2023
The January 2023 Board of Directors approved the Scholarship Committee's recommendations. The Committee's proposal is copied below:
Review of Last Plan (May-Dec)
We gave $500 extra to the Edison Ford Robotics team for travel to the state and international competitions. They were very excited to go to both competitions. We also increased our funding to their summer camps. We gave Oasis $500 to start their TSA (Technology Student Association) program. We started the $250 teacher grant program. We approved 36 teachers. They are slow to collect their grant money this year.
Strategy for 2023
Our strategy is to continue our focus on middle school students as well as programs that benefit a larger group of students. We are limiting our college bound scholarships to one. We liked the process last year of picking the schools and letting the teachers and guidance counselors choose the student. They are the closest to the students and know them better than we could. We are expanding our outreach to more science-based organizations to take advantage of programs that are up and running and we like. We are doing a second 6-month plan so we can align our yearly planning with our fiscal year and school year.
The funding for these programs comes from 2 sources. The first is from the Society's budget allocation for scholarships and education funds. The second is generous donations from our members.
Proposed Programs for Jan-May 2023
College Bound Scholarships
We would like to give one $2000 college bound scholarships this year. We will work with our contact teachers to choose the student. We will also be giving 2 scholarships to students as FSW as part of our endowment.
FGCU's Whittaker Center Engagement
We would like to continue to fund $2000 to the GEMS (girls in engineering, math, and science) program targeted at middle school girls. It is held on 4 Saturdays during the school year. Also, we would like to fund the 2 summer camps at $2000 each. Coding and Mathletes Summer Camps are for middle school students.
We would like to again sponsor one week of summer camp as well as scholarships to other weeks at Edison/Ford for a total of $5000. They are well run, and the kids love them. We are also putting $1000 into the budget for the robotics team’s travel assuming they will again go to state and international competitions.
Grants for Lee County School Teachers who Run Science Fairs
Given the lack of focus on science fairs, the teachers must organize them on their own time. We would like to give the teachers a grant of $300 to support their effort. Currently we have 10 committed. Some of this money will come from the $250 teacher grants that are unclaimed.
Lee County Schools Regional Science Fair Awards
We would like to give $500 in certificates and monetary awards at the Regional Science and Inventors Fair. We will work with Catherine Griffin from Lee schools and the
Technology Student Associations
These are competitive student groups that meet after school. Students work on a variety of challenges/projects that take months of involvement. Topics can be Biomedical, Forensics, Programming, Game Development, Airplane Gliders, Solar Cars, Cad
design, etc. Then they compete with other schools throughout the area and state. We would like to fund this program for $1000; $500 for Oasis and $500 for Dunbar.
Ding Darling WOW (Wing on Wheels) program.
Ding Darling Refuge has modified a large vehicle to house a wonderful array of hands on science displays. They spend at least 2 weeks on site at Title 1 schools. While there, classes cycle through every 45 minutes. During that time, they are taught what they are learning in their class curriculum as it relates to their displays. It is a wonderful project. It costs Ding $150,000 a year to operate the program. We would like to fund it at $10,000.
Calusa Nature Center
We would like fund scholarships at their summer camps for 7-14 year-olds. They cover many science topics. We will work with them on the details. The funding level would be $2000.
Imaginarium Science Center
Cape Coral Technical College
We would like to fund one $2000 scholarship to the technical college in an IT field like network management or computer systems. The school will manage the scholarship based on our requests.
$2000 1 College Bound Scholarship
Budgeted Total: $35,500
Trudy Sampson, Chair