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Make a Difference: The Doctors Mody Service Learning Competitions for Young People

Deadline: November 1, 2021

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In 2020, Drs. Bharat and Bharati Mody established The Mody Endowed Fund in Service Learning at The Center for Gifted Studies with the hope of passing on their lifelong commitment to serving their communities and sparking a passion for volunteerism among high-achieving young people. As part of this initiative, The Center is holding two competitions for young people who wish to develop an original service and volunteerism project, or to develop and expand an existing project, to respond to a specific need in their community.

Projects should conclude by May 1, 2022. At the conclusion of their projects, award recipients will be required to deliver a report on the impact of their work and what they have learned.

 

Doctors Mody Make a Difference Microgrants Competition for Students from SCATS, VAMPY, and The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky

10 Microgrants of $500

Ten microgrants of $500 will be awarded to develop an original service learning and volunteerism project, or to develop and expand an existing project, to respond to a specific community need.

Open to: Students who participated in SCATS and/or VAMPY in 2019-21 and students currently attending The Gatton Academy.

 

Doctors Mody Make a Difference Community Service Competition for Students in Kentucky

1st Place: $1,500 | 2nd Place: $1,000 | 3rd Place: $500

Three awards will be given to develop an original service learning and volunteerism project, or to develop and expand an existing project, to respond to a specific community need.

Open to:Students in grades 7-12 in Kentucky schools during the 2021-22 school year.


Judging

For both competitions, applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Does the application clearly and effectively show that the community problem/need exists and should be addressed?
  • For new projects/initiatives: Does the application demonstrate why a new project/initiative is needed?
  • For expanding on existing projects/initiatives: Does the application explain why the existing project/initiative should be developed or expanded?
  • Does the application explain the project and its steps clearly and effectively?
  • Does the application demonstrate a clear understanding of how the proposed project will address the community problem/need?
  • Does the application demonstrate an awareness of possible challenges and how to overcome them?
  • Does the application show how the effectiveness of the project can be assessed?
  • Does the application have a budget that is realistic and appropriate?

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 Last Modified 8/27/21