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The deadline for our current grant cycle is December 1, 2013.

You do not have to be particularly normal or average to receive our help. We want to help anyone with a good plan to do well and do good. While not all of us, by definition, can be exceptional, we all have the potential for excellence. Therefore, in allocating funds, we will make a point of giving preference to potential over past success. Please follow the guidelines below and fill out the form below (or use the file uploader) to apply for a scholarship or grant. Please remember that we focus on awarding small but transformative scholarships and grants, so it is rare for us to award an amount larger than $5000.

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SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION GUIDELINES

Please include a description of the educational opportunity you would like to pursue and the name of the institution at which you are enrolled or planning to enroll (for example: "I would like to attend Boston College to get a degree in nursing"). Then, tell us about yourself and your plans. As you write your application, consider the questions below, and be sure to use specific examples in your answers.

  • How much money are you requesting, and why do you need this amount?
  • What is your educational goal?
  • How will furthering your education help you personally? How will it help you shape your community and our world into a better place?
  • What steps have you already taken toward helping you meet your goal? Have you been accepted to an educational program? Do you have a tutor? Have you received some scholarships, loans or grants already? Do you know where you will live and how you will support yourself while you are a student?
  • Can you describe in detail your plan for meeting your goal? What will you do to make sure you succeed? What obstacles are you likely to face, and how will you overcome them? What will be especially hard for you? What extra help will you need, and where will you get this help? What skills and character traits do you have that will help you succeed?
  • Why is this the best scholarship for you? What accounts for the gap between your previous performance and your potential? How and why are you going to be more successful in the future than you were in the past? How will this money help you?

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GRANT APPLICATION GUIDELINES

We aim to fund all kinds of ideas. Please tell us about your project, invention, organization, product or start-up. Then, tell us about yourself and your plans. As you write your application, consider the questions below, and be sure to use specific examples in your answers.

  • How much money are you requesting, and why do you need this amount?
  • What are you trying to accomplish or achieve?
  • Why is this goal important to you?
  • What steps have you already taken toward achieving your goals? Do you have a business plan? What do you know about the need or desire for your project or organization? How do you plan to get people interested in your project and publicize your organization or company?
  • Can you describe in detail your plan for meeting your goal? What will you do to make sure you succeed? What obstacles are you likely to face, and how will you overcome them? What will be especially hard for you? What extra help will you need, and where will you get this help? What skills and character traits do you have that will help you succeed?
  • Why is this the best grant for you? How will this money help you?

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