Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and Grants

The Scientists' Society's Scholarship and Grants program supports and encourages students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and focuses particularly on younger students who are still undecided as to their future.

$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:

Scholarship Committee Proposal January - May 2023

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.

Funding

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.

Edison/Ford Education Programs

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

Kiwanis Club on the exact details to whom we will give the award and how it will be divided between junior and senior categories.

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

We would like to fund two programs at the lmaginarium: two Family nights for two schools, at a cost of $750 for 400 participants, and $1500 for scholarships at their summer camps for grades 1 through 8.

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.

Budget Summary:

$2000 1 College Bound Scholarship

$6000 FGCU Programs

$2000 Coding Camp

$2000 Mathletes Camp

$2000GEMS

$6000 Edison/Ford

$5000 Summer Camps

$1000 Robotics Program

$3000 Grants for Science Fair Teachers

$500   Lee Schools Region Science and Inventors Fair Awards

$1000 Technology Student Associations

$10,000 Ding Darling WOW

$2000 Calusa Nature Center

$3000 lmaginarium Science Center

$2000 Cape Coral Technical College

Budgeted Total: $35,500

Scholarship Committee

Trudy Sampson, Chair


Contributions

We hope to inspire excitement in STEM throughout the students' education. Please join our donors in contributing to our STEM education fund this year. We have two restricted contributions funds: STEM Education, which funds our programs to encourage elementary, middle and high school students in Lee County develop an increase their interest in science and support science teachers through grants, and Student-Teacher Dinners, which pay for the dinners of the outstanding students and their teachers who we invite to attend our April student recognition and awards program. All contributions to these funds are restricted only to those programs. Our third fund is non-restricted and used for other elements of our mission as approved by our Board of Directors.

We encourage your contributions so we may continue to expand our positive impact on STEM interest and education.