High Schools - Awards & Scholarships

Cannon Envirothon

The Cannon Envirothon is a North American High School Environmental Competition. Project submissions should include the basic principles and practices of resource management, promote stewardship of natural resources, develop critical thinking skills, and heighten environmental awareness. Submissions are accepted from individuals, teams, schools and districts. Prizes include scholarships up to $3,000 and Cannon Products. For more information call 601-941-5248 or visit their web site

Igniting Creative Energy- A National Student Challenge

Open to students K-12, the Challenge is an educational competition designed to encourage students to learn more about energy and the environment. Student entries must reflect the theme "Igniting Creative Energy" and demonstrate an understanding of what an individual, family or group can do to make a difference in their home or community. Students may express their ideas in the form of documented science projects, essays, stories, artwork, photographs, music or video or website projects. They may also submit recent service projects, or results from the National Energy Foundation's own Energy Patrol activities. The grand prize winner wins a trip to Hawaii. visit their web site

Mount Sinai Scholars Program

The Mount Sinai Scholars Program at the Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics High School is designed for students who are interested in possible careers in medicine and science. The program promotes scientific curiosity and encourages participants to strive for academic excellence. For more information visit their website

National Youth Science Camp

The National Youth Science Camp is an intense three week camp for young scientists the summer after they graduate from high school. In a rustic setting, students from around the country are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies, and have many opportunities to push themselves physically in an extensive outdoor program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime. For more information. visit their website.

For questions about the application process, please contact Will Jaacks at 518-474-5922 or by e-mail at ajaacks@mail.nysed.gov. The NYSC is hosted and operated by the National Youth Science Foundation (www.nysf.com).

New York Hall of Science Career Ladder

The New York Hall of Science Career Ladder program offers paid and volunteer positions as hands-on science explainers, event and museum guides to College and High School students.
For more information call: (718) 699-0005 ext. 370 or visit their web site

Planet Connect

Planet Connect is a new on-line network for High School students to learn about the environment plus green college and career options. They are looking for HS students' creative ideas to fix an environmental problem at your school or in your community.

Planet Connect is offering grant winners $1,000 awards with $500 to support your idea and $500 for an environmental internship in your community.

These grants for environmental community action are made possible through efforts of the National EE Foundation andThe Weather Channel. Audience: high school students;
deadline in January.

Science and Engineering Appreticeship Program (SEAP)

Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), SEAP is an eight week summer research opportunity at participating ONR laboratories for high school students. Students must have completed at least grade nine, be 16 years of age for most laboratories, and be a U.S. citizen.

A graduating senior is eligible to apply. The stipend for the summer program is $1,500 for new students;$1,550 for returning students. The application is currently open and must be completed by the end of January. For more information, visit their website.

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

The Barron Prize recognizes kids ages 8 to 18, from diverse backgrounds, who have shown extraordinary leadership in making thier world better by helping others in need, protecting the environment,or leading other important service work. Recipients of the Barron Prize recieve a $2,000 cash award. For more information call 1-800-875-1448 or visit their web site

The Red, White and Green Youth Action Campaign

This is a new joint project of the nonprofit and nonpartisan Civil Society Institute and Youth Service America to give grants that encourage community service projects that address climate change. The $500 grants will be given to 60 young people (15-25) who create community service projects that develop their voice and impact public policy on the critical issue of climate change.

The River Project Marine Biology Internship Program

The Marine Bioogy Internship Program offers an opportunity for high school and college level students to work with science mentors to become directly involved in the study of urban wildlife and temporary habitat. For more information call: (212) 431-5787

Toshiba ExploraVision Awards

ExploraVision is a competition for K-12 students of all interest, skill, and ability levels.  The competition encourages students to combine their imaginations with the tools of science to create explore and explore a vision of a future technology.  For more information, visit their website.

Wangari Maathai Award Scholarship

In 2012, The Rockefeller Foundation, the Bette Midler Family Trust, New York Restoration Project and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation inaugurated the Wangari Maathai Award, an annual $10,000 cash award to be given to two high school seniors. The winners demonstrate evidence of their academic and extracurricular commitment to environmental stewardship within the urban context through their development and execution of sustainability-themed projects (for example, recycling, energy monitoring, parks stewardship, greening). These projects also promote the spirit of civic engagement in fellow students and the community at large. The award is intended to be put to use by the student for their first year of college. More information here.

Young Eco-Hero Awards

Award Program for young individuals, 8 to 16 years old, who have of their own initiative achieved an environmental success, through action or research. This might be in the young person’s community, neighborhood, or on a wider scale. The deadline for application is January 15th, 2012.
 Visit here for more information.

Young Epidemiology Scholars Competition

The Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) Competition for students offers college scholarships to high school students who conduct outstanding research projects that apply epidemiological methods of analysis to a health-related issue. The YES Competition is supported by a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Each year, the competition awards as much as $456,000 in college scholarships to120 high school juniors and seniors, with the top two national winners each receiving a $50,000 college scholarship.
Deadline in February
For more information call: 800 626-9795, extension 5932, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. or visit their web site

Young Naturalists Award

The Young Naturalist Awards Competition (7-12)

Presented by the American Museum of Natural History and sponsored by Alcoa Foundation, the Young Naturalist Awards-an inquiry-based research competition--invites students in grades 7-12 to conduct research in the natural world. Students investigate questions they have in the areas of ecology, biology, Earth science and astronomy and present their findings in an essay. Winners (2 from each grade) receive cash awards, from $500 to $2,500, and an all-expense paid trip to New York City to attend the awards ceremony at the Museum. There they take a behind-the-scenes tour and meet with Museum scientists. The winning essays are published on the Museum's website and excerpted in Natural History magazine. 36 finalists receive a $50 award. All participants receive a certificate and a letter from the judges who read their essays. The letters highlight the strong points of the investigation and suggest ways they could be improved. The contest is open to students in the U.S. and Canada. For more information visit the website at http://www.amnh.org/yna or email the Young Naturalist Awards Administrator at yna@amnh.org