Universal hardships aren’t experienced equally: the events of 2020 brought intense public focus to problems of systematic inequality and injustice around the world. In particular, the ongoing global pandemic disproportionately affects populations without access to social mobility, economic opportunity, personal freedom, and support from societal institutions. Given the increasingly complex set of large-scale challenges we face, there is an urgent need to transform our culture in pursuit of FIRST’s vision to create a world where young people of all backgrounds dream of becoming problem solvers—innovators who leverage their diverse experiences and their STEM skills to make the world a better place. However, achievement of this goal requires providing increasing access to STEM opportunities for underserved and underrepresented students, as well as breaking down barriers for participation in STEM. FIRST provides conceptual tools, such as Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition, which are designed to assist in this work. The EWCP Scholarship for Social Change celebrates students who pair these tools with action, to build equality and advocate for justice in their communities.
The 2021 EWCP Scholarship for Social Change is a one-time, $1000 scholarship open to high school or college applicants who have participated in FTC or FRC.
Mentor-based youth STEM programs such as FIRST create frameworks and build skillsets for addressing inequality and injustice. Your essay should respond to the question: Using what you have learned in your FIRST experience, how will you continue to bring about social change?
Here are some questions you may consider when composing your response:
- What is the impact and scale of your plan?
- What steps need to be taken to meet your goal? Have you taken any already?
- How will you determine if your plan is successful?
Additional essay requirements:
- Limit your response to 400-500 words.
- Cite your sources. If a bibliography is used, do not include the bibliography in the word count.
- Essay must be solely the work of the applicant. Plagiarism will result in disqualification. Essays must not infringe on any third-party rights or intellectual property of any person, company or organization.
EWCP will publish the winning scholarship recipient’s winning essay, with credit to the author, on our website.
Application deadline: 11:59 PM EST, Monday 3/1/2021
Scholarship applicants must:
- Be a high school senior or a college freshman, sophomore, or junior.
- Have participated as a team member for a minimum of one season on a FIRST® Tech Challenge or FIRST® Robotics Competition team.
- Be enrolled in an official undergraduate program of study (college, community college, university, or technical school) for the upcoming fall semester.
- Not be related to any officer or director of EWCP, Inc., EWCP member, or EWCP Scholarship judge.
Eligible students are invited to apply here by the deadline.
- Each eligible student may submit no more than one scholarship application.
- All entries submitted as part of this scholarship application become the property of EWCP and will not be returned. EWCP reserves the right to print and display any submitted essay with credit to the essay author.
- Decisions of the EWCP Scholarship judges are final.