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Lexus Eco Challenge


Since 2006, students and teachers have been making a difference in the eco health of our planet through the Lexus Eco Challenge, a STEM contest for grades 6–12.

In the Lexus Eco Challenge, student teams tackle environmental issues related to land, water, air, and climate, and create practical solutions while competing for amazing prizes—for eligible teachers, students, and schools, $500,000 in scholarships and grants awaits.

The contest is broken into three main parts. The Land & Water Challenge is first, followed by an Air & Climate Challenge. The Final Challenge is by invitation only, open to winners of the previous two challenges.

The Lexus Eco Challenge gets students involved in project-based learning, teamwork, and skill building as they identify an environmental issue that affects their community, use their critical-thinking and research skills to come up with a solution, and report on the results by way of an Action Plan. Teams of five to ten students look to the Challenge Planner for time-management guidance, and are led by one or two Teacher Advisors—who are full-time teachers employed at the school (not volunteers or parents)—to help their community while getting a chance to compete for scholarships and grants.

Ready to begin? Find out how to enter the Lexus Eco Challenge now.

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John Kennedy Scholarship


The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories; and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas. Past winners and finalists are not eligible to participate. Employees of John Hancock Financial Services and members of their families are not eligible to participate.


  • The 2017 contest deadline is January 4, 2017.
  • Essays can be no more than 1,000 words but must be a minimum of 700 words. Citations and bibliography are not included in the word count.
  • Essays must be the original work of the student.
  • John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Edward M. Kennedy are not eligible subjects for essays.
  • JFK Centennial Year Contest Topic: Essays must describe an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. The official may have addressed an issue at the local, state, or national level. See Contest Information and Topic Guidelines and Helpful Tips for Writing Your Essay for more information.
  • Essays about past recipients of the Profile in Courage Award  will be disqualified unless they describe an act of political courage other than the act for which the award was given.
  • Essays must have a minimum of five sources.

Source Material

  • Essays with fewer than five listed sources will be disqualified.
  • All participants must cite sources they used to research their topic throughout their essay. Please use parenthetical citations within the text. We can not accept citations in footnote form.
  • Essays must include a bibliography. Accepted formats include APA, MLA, or Turabian. You must use a minimum of five selected sources. Please refer to Guidelines for Citations and Bibliographies.

Essay Submission

  • Students have the choice of either submitting their essay online (preferred) or of mailing their essay. All students must complete and submit a registration form online for student and school information. For instructions on how to submit your essay, see Registration and Submission.
  • Mailed in essays must be postmarked by January 4, 2017.

Nominating Teachers

  • All students must list the name of their nominating teacher on the registration form. The role of a nominating teacher is to provide students with support and advice during the writing of their essay. Nominating teachers are also asked to read students’ essays to make suggestions for improvement before they are submitted to the essay contest. As part of this review process, the nominating teacher reviews the essay for syntax, grammatical, typographical and spelling errors and ensures the essay meets the contest requirements listed above. The first place winner and his/her nominating teacher, as representatives of their school, will be invited to receive awards at the annual Profile in Courage Award ceremony held each May at the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.
  • Nominating teachers can be former or current teachers, but must still be teaching at the same high school as the essay participant. Usually students ask their English or History/Social Studies teachers. In very few cases, we will make an exception if a student is unable to ask a teacher from their high school to be their nominating teacher. The parent or legal guardian responsible for the instruction of home schooled students can also serve as a nominating teacher.

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Bank of America Student Leadership Program

Every year, through our Student Leaders program we help connect 225 community-minded high school juniors and seniors to employment, skills development and service. They’re awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity and Boys and Girls Clubs of America and participate in a national leadership summit in Washington, D.C.

Student Leaders is part of our ongoing commitment to preparing young people for a brighter future. If you or someone you know have a passion for improving the community, click here to learn more about our eligibility criteria. We will be accepting applications for the 2017 program from 10/31- 1/27.  Click here for details…

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Identity 2016 Youth Conference

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New FAFSA Date – October 1st

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Mommy & Me – Dream Bigger Tour

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October 2016 Scholarships

Attending college can be quite expensive for students and their families. Luckily, there are many college scholarships and contests available to help pay for a college education. Students should seek out and apply for scholarships in which they meet the eligibility requirements. Below are a handful of scholarships with October 2016 closing dates. To see the full list of October scholarships, click here.

Only brief information about each scholarship is listed. Therefore, students are encouraged to visit the scholarship websites to get further details about eligibility and requirements.  Click here for the full list…

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Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

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Coca-Cola Scholar!

We are accepting applications from current high school seniors to be a part of the 2017 class of Coca-Cola Scholars.

This initial online application requires you to list your grades, school and community activities, and employment, but no essays or additional materials are required.

We strongly encourage you to review the “Before You Apply” page on our website so that you may gather the required information to apply before beginning your live application.

The deadline for submission is Monday, October 31, 2016. (Don’t forget to click the submit button!)

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Quest Bridge National College Match

The 2016 National College Match application is now open!

Before you apply

  1. Review who should apply to make sure you qualify.
  2. Learn how the National College Match works.
  3. Carefully consider our college partners, including their testing requirements to make sure you are on track to rank these colleges.

Apply Now

Application Requirements

  • A free, online National College Match application, including information on your academic and extracurricular accomplishments, financial background*, two essays, short answer questions
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers in core academic subjects
  • A Secondary School Report from your high school counselor
  • A School Profile (optional, but recommended)
  • A high school transcript and additional transcripts (if applicable)
  • Any standardized test score reports to-date. We accept SAT, ACT, Subject Tests, IB, or AP test scores. SAT and/or ACT test scores are highly recommended.

*Access to previous year tax returns and other financial documents is highly recommended and will help you complete the application.

Download our 2016 Application Guide >>

Download our 2016 Income and Assets Guide >>

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 27, 2016

Application Requirements for Finalists

If you are selected as a Finalist in October, additional college materials are due to the colleges you rank. View each college partner page for more “Application Requirements”.

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