December 5, 2012, by Jessica Margolin
Do you know a talented young “maker”? Specifically, a student who has:
- solved an artistic, scientific, or technical problem in a new or unusual way
- come up with a distinctive solution to problems faced by his or her school, community or family
- created a new group, organization, or institution that serves an important need
The Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity may be for them! This prestigious award was created to honor Milton Fisher, who, alongside his career as a successful attorney and investor, taught a popular adult class on creativity for 25 years. This class focused on helping people become more creative in all aspects of their lives, developing innovative approaches to challenges that they faced individually, or that faced their community.
The award is open not only to high school seniors, but also to high school juniors and college freshmen. Applicants can be from New York or Connecticut, or they can be residents of any state in the United States so long as they will attend college in New York or Connecticut.
A need-based scholarship is also available – up to $20,000 over four years.
2012 winners and honorable mentions include:
- a Sikh-American student in Georgia who created a documentary called Roots and Wings to help Sikh youths across the U.S. gain acceptance in their communities.
- a student who collected information and performed a statistical analysis about food allergen exposure and its effect on later development of allergies (finalist in 2012 Intel Science Talent Search)
- a student who designed and did research on whether plant-covered roofs could reduce two kinds of the microscopic particles in the air that come from construction sites or power plants and that are a source of respiratory or cardiovascular disease in people who inhale them