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HonorsGradU Design a Better Future Scholarship

Whether through essays or multimedia, you’ve used your voices to share visions for a better world. So here’s your chance to put them to action! Submit a proposal for how you’ll better your community. Because this will be a much more rigorous process with multiple rounds, we’re also raising the bar for tuition awards: from five $1,000 tuition awards to five $10,000 tuition awards! We will also fund the top project up to $5,000.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be graduating high school seniors planning on attending an accredited college or university in the United States of America. Additionally, students must have met all of the requirements described on this website ( Employees of Honors Graduation and their families are not eligible to participate. Submissions must be received before the deadlines in order to qualify for the scholarship program. Mailed applications must be postmarked by that deadline. There are no citizenship requirements.

We will be breaking the process into 3 rounds, using the principles of design thinking:

1. Read the Rules and Terms & Conditions

2. Design and submit your ROUND 1 proposal:

*First 4 stages of design thinking Launch cycle

*Students submit overall proposal based on the Ford Institute community building principles

*We select applications based on their completion, seriousness, and viability, offering feedback for those approved to move on to round 2.

*Deadline: March 23, 2019, 11:59 MST

3. Design and submit your ROUND 2 artifact:

*Next 2 phases of design thinking launch cycle (all but the final launch)

*Students submit an artifact representing their progress and learning

*We give additional feedback

*Deadline: March 23, 2019, 11:59 MST

4. Design and submit your ROUND 3 reflection:

*LAUNCH phase of design thinking launch cycle.

*Students submit a final reflection that shares how their project is doing one of the following: 1) increasing connections, 2) building capacity, or 3) taking community-led action. They also share their ideas for acquiring further funding, in addition to the $5,000 from HGU if selected as the top finalist.

*Include a video of you working on your project

*Deadline: April 28, 2019 at 11:59 MST

5. We select 5 winners to receive $10,000 tuition scholarships to their colleges, with the top one receiving $5,000 funding to launch their project into the design thinking cycle once more during the summer of 2018 to maximize impact.