FIRST Scholarship Option 1: How Does It Work?

  1. Your organization determines the scholarship amount, quantity of scholarships, eligibility requirements, and application date.  You can tailor the scholarship to be in line with your industry, philanthropic goals, and/or geographic location.  For example, you could limit eligibility to those students enrolling in bioengineering, or to minority students, or only to those students attending a college in Texas. If your organization supports multiple FIRST teams, you might provide one scholarship for each of these teams and let the team determine which student will receive the scholarship. However you decide to set up your scholarship, your organization must provide FIRST with some basic information and a description of your scholarship. 
  2. FIRST markets your scholarship through a variety of methods.   If your yearly total scholarship offering is valued at $40,000 or more, your organization has the opportunity to join other scholarship providers with a promotional booth (staffed by your representatives) at the FIRST Championship event, which takes place April 24-27, 2013 in St. Louis at the Edward Jones Dome at The Ameria's Center.
  3. Your company (or the scholarship management service that you hire) receives the student applications, reviews them, selects winners, administers the funds, notifies the winners, and manages all scholarship needs with admitted students.
  4. FIRST recognizes both your company and your scholarship winners (if selected in time) at the FIRST Championship.  We also post a list of scholarship winners on our website.

If you would like more information about offering this kind of scholarship, contact Nancy Rosenberg at
(603) 666-3906 x 451 or (800) 871-8326 x451 or send email to scholarships@usfirst.org