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STUDENTS AROUND THE WORLD MAKE AN IMPACT ON EARTH DAY

National Society of High School Scholars Foundation and Captain Planet Foundation Select 10 Students as Winners of Fourth Annual Earth Day Competition

ATLANTA, April 21, 2016 – The National Society of High School Scholars Foundation (NSHSS Foundation) and the Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) today announced the winners of their 4th annual Earth Day competition. Of the 658 applicants, 10 winners were chosen to receive a $500 award to implement their Earth Day project or use towards education-related expenses. The international Earth Day competition award applicants submitted projects that demonstrate environmental stewardship, leadership and volunteerism.

The 2016 Earth Day Award Winners are:

Alexander Adler

The Oakwood School, Greenville, N.C.

Adler is the founder and director of Chickens for Children, a nonprofit which “aims to promote and teach environmental awareness, a sense of responsibility, and sustainable living to young children and the community.”

 

Efe Birkan

Cakabey High School, Izmir, Turkey

Birkan studied the subsurface water in his school’s garden, and learned that the overconsumption of water in reforestation efforts was contributing to freshwater pollution. He gave presentations to his school and local government to inform the public about specific plants that can be used for reforestation.

 

Joyce Cheng

James Madison High School, Vienna, Va.

Cheng cofounded her high school’s Environmental Club as a sophomore. The Environmental Club has participated in projects such as Ban the Bottle, Wheels to Africa, and Trout in the Classroom.

 

Sophia Maggio

Everett High School, Everett, Wash.

Maggio is an undergraduate researcher at the Ocean Research College Academy. She attended several research cruises, and she has concluded that plankton and eelgrass may be used in bioremediation as methods to remove toxic heavy metal ions from water.

 

Taylor Meyer

Stratford High School, Houston, Texas

Meyer organized a group of classmates from her Academy of Science and Engineering class who worked together to build 200 solar-powered, portable lanterns to send to an underserved village in Nuevo Cañete, Peru.

 

Katherine Prior

Row Academy, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Since 2013, Prior has monitored the water quality of a local creek and reported the results to the Oklahoma Conservation Commission. She has also presented the Enviroscape watershed model to other students to encourage the proper use of storm drains.

 

Anuj Sisodiya

Trumbull High School, Trumbull, Conn.

Sisodiya created “Light It, But Time It,” a community-based, energy-saving project. During holiday seasons, he suggested that each household use a timer when using their festive, electronic décor. He also implemented “Energy Savings and Awareness Week” (E-SAW) in his high school.

 

Anne Trapp

Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, Ma.

A drought in her hometown of Townsend, Montana, led Trapp to apply for a Global Citizenship and Sustainability Grant. She received a $1,400 grant to develop three water-conserving gardens and a program to increase awareness about drought-tolerant landscaping.

 

Terrence Walker

American International School Mozambique, Mozambique, Africa

Walker spearheaded a fundraiser, gathered lab equipment from a local university, and trained biology interns on how to process blood samples in an effort to study and reduce diseases in the lion population of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa.

 

Ana Zabala

Coleigo Rochester, Bogota, Colombia

Zabala created a booklet to promote a rainbow diet in order to implement Slow Food’s “Good, Clean, and Fair Food” campaign in daily diets. She hosted an Eat-In, in which each attendee prepares a nutritious meal from scratch, and organized a student field trip to a local organic farm. Ana has received awards from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

 

“We are very proud to recognize these 10 outstanding students for their dedication to protecting and preserving the environment,” said Claes Nobel, founder of the NSHSS Foundation and senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes. “These students exhibit tremendous initiative to create impactful projects that will spark positive environmental change in their communities around the world.”

To be considered for the Earth Day Award, high school students from around the world with a GPA of 3.0 or higher submitted details about an environmental project they are spearheading, or a project that will be initiated around Earth Day in their home, school and/or community. Additional details on award submission requirements can be found online.

“This year’s winners are an inspiration to us all,” said Laura Turner Seydel, chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation. “We are honored to award these young scholars for their engagement in their local communities and efforts to improve the environment.”

The NSHSS Foundation and CPF joined forces in 2013 with the shared commitment of encouraging high school students around the globe to demonstrate their dedication to the Earth through action, highlighting those who are humanitarians, leaders and creators. Through their partnership, the organizations hope to increase awareness of Earth Day and CPF’s work supporting environmental leadership of high-achieving high school students and educators. In the past four years, a total of 47 Earth Day grants of $500 each have been awarded to winners who are actively demonstrating a commitment to care for the Earth.

About the National Society of High School Scholars Foundation (NSHSS Foundation):

The NSHSS Foundation was founded in 2004 by Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes. The NSHSS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity dedicated to supporting education in the form of scholarships for under-represented students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), business, economics, public policy, and environmental science and sustainability fields. Through special programs, the NSHSS Foundation connects young scholars with additional opportunities to advance their education, personal growth and career interests. The Foundation recognizes the need to produce more graduates in these fields in order to meet the demands of an ever-changing global economy and society to create a better future for all. For more information visit http://www.nshssfoundation.org.

About Captain Planet Foundation (CPF):

Based on the critically-acclaimed animated series Captain Planet and the Planeteers, CPF was co-founded in 1991 by media mogul Ted Turner and producer Barbara Pyle.   Since then, the Captain Planet Foundation has played a critical role in helping to ensure that the next generation of business leaders and policy makers are environmentally literate citizens who leverage technology and information to manage and protect the air, land and water upon which all life depends.

CPF is a grant-making foundation that has funded over 2,000 hands-on environmental education projects with schools and non-profits that serve children in all 50 U.S. states and in 25 countries internationally. More than 1.2 million children have directly participated in and benefited from these educational projects.  In addition to its Small Grants Program, the Captain Planet Foundation also operates the following programs: Project Learning Garden, Project Hero, the Leadership Center, SAGES, and a number of other science education initiatives that promote the intersections between technology, innovation, the environment and personal action.

For more information: www.captainplanetfoundation.org.

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Earth Day 2015 Winners

The National Society of High School Scholars Foundation (NSHSS Fdn) and the Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) today announced the winners of their third annual Earth Day competition. Of the 315 applicants, 10 winners were chosen to receive a $500 award to implement their Earth Day project or use towards education-related expenses. The international Earth Day competition awards applicants whose projects demonstrate environmental stewardship, leadership and volunteerism.

Read the entire release Earth Day Press Release 2015


Laura Turner Seydel receives a 2014 Claes Nobel World Betterment Award

Laura Turner Seydel receives a 2014 Claes Nobel World Betterment Award

Laura Turner Seydel, Chairperson of Captain Planet Foundation, is an environmentalist and humanitarian devoted to educating youth internationally on sustainable, eco-conscious living. Laura is a director of the Environmental Working Group, a co-founder of Mothers and Others for Clean Air, and she co-founded Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. She also serves on foundation boards for the Jane Smith Turner Foundation, The Turner Foundation, and the Turner Endangered Species Fund. Laura continues to lead a life of service as she relentlessly advocates for global environmental education and involvement. The NSHSS Foundation is especially proud to partner with Captain Planet Foundation on the annual Earth Day Award competition.


Dr. William E. Evans speaks about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Dr William Evans receives a 2014 Claes Nobel World Betterment Award

Dr. William E. Evans, former CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, received a 2014 Claes Nobel World Betterment Award. For the last two years, St Jude has been the top employer where NSHSS members wish to work according to the annual NSHSS Millennial Career Survey. The Claes Nobel World Betterment Award honors outstanding role models for today’s millennials, recognizing individuals who are making exceptional contributions to society.


Arne Duncan receives a 2014 Claes Nobel World Betterment Award

Arne Duncan is a recipient of the 2014 Claes Nobel World Betterment Award

Arne Duncan, former CEO of Chicago Public Schools and current U.S. Secretary of Education, speaks about the role that educators and organizations like NSHSS play in expanding opportunities for students across the globe to prepare them for success in college and in future careers. Through the World Betterment Award, the NSHSS Foundation seeks to inspire leadership and value for humankind among diverse young people around the world.


Earth Day Awards 2014

Earth Day Awards

The National Society of High School Scholars Foundation (NSHSS Foundation) and Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) are continuing to support environmental stewardship and leadership for high achieving high school students.

In 2010, NSHSS established the Earth Day competition to honor and recognize high school students who are making a difference in their home, school, and community through environmental awareness initiatives. In 2012, that competition was expanded by a grant from the Captain Planet Foundation, which is continuing its support of these awards.  Our shared commitments to bettering the environment through these awards increases awareness around Earth Day and Captain Planet Foundation’s work to support the environmental leadership of high achieving high school students and high school educators throughout the U.S. and abroad.

A grant of $5,000 from Captain Planet Foundation supports ten (10) $500 Earth Day 2014 Awards for high school students who are implementing environmental stewardship programs or projects in the communities where they live and attend school.  Students will demonstrate leadership and commitment to the environment through programs or projects that promote innovation and inspire others.

The online application opens January 1, 2014, on the NSHSS Foundation website (www.nshssfoundation.org).  The deadline for students to submit their application is Friday, February 28, 2014.

Eligible applicants are currently attending high school students with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  The application is open to high school students worldwide.

Scholarship funds will be sent to the student and can be used for implementation of an Earth Day program or project, or dedicated to educational-related expenses.  The scholarship is non-renewable.

Dr. Susan Thurman, NSHSS Foundation Scholarship Director, will organize and lead the Earth Day 2014 Competition. Dr. Thurman will lead a Judging Panel comprised of leaders from NSHSS Foundation, Captain Planet Foundation and other identified leaders in the community.

 Application Question

Earth Day 2014: It’s Your World…What are you doing to make it a Better Place?

Students are asked to answer the following question in 500 words or fewer.

  1. How have you helped the environment in your school and/or community?  Be specific about your program or project, your activities, the results, and the future sustainability of the project.

The deadline to submit an Earth Day 2014 application is Friday, February 28, 2014.

 Application Requirements: 

  • Personal response of up to 500 words answering the questions provided on the application
  • Educator/Counselor Reference
  • Photo

Optional:  Students may supplement their essay by including scanned images of a painting, drawing or collage; a link to a video (no more than 3 minutes), or poem that best illustrates the Earth Day program or project.  These items must be submitted electronically within the application.

Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2014


October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bully Prevention Month

Abercrombie & Fitch, in partnership with the NSHSS Foundation, is kicking off this October’s National Bullying Prevention Month by launching its new ongoing scholarship program to help promote anti-bullying awareness in schools and communities. This initiative opens October 1 as part of an international campaign to recognize young people who are actively working to prevent bullying or who have overcome the challenges of being bullied.

Are you someone who has helped promote anti-bullying awareness at your school?  Or, have you persevered and overcome the negative effects of a bullying experience that has happened to you?  Then be sure to apply!

High school students worldwide who will graduate in 2014, and who have a minimum 3.0 GPA, are eligible to apply for these awards.  The scholarship opens October 1, 2013, and closes February 1, 2014.  To apply for this scholarship, visit http://nshssfoundation.org/scholarships/abercrombie-fitch-anti-bullying-scholarship/

 

“We’re proud to offer college tuition assistance to individuals who have been victims of bullying behavior, yet who found ways to achieve academic success in the face of these obstacles, and to those who have advanced the anti-bullying cause on a local basis,”
Todd Corley, A&F’s Senior Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion

 

 


A&F Anti-Bullying Scholarship Awards Application Now Open

A&F Anti-Bullying  Scholarship Awards Application Now Open
In order to support standout students who academically persevered while experiencing bullying, and for those who have led anti-bullying efforts in their schools and communities, Abercrombie & Fitch is launching an ongoing college scholarship program through the NSHSS Foundation. High school students worldwide graduating in 2014 with a minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply for $1,000 college scholarships.

Eligibility

The application is open to all high school seniors graduating in 2014 with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The application is open to students worldwide.

Scholarship funds will be sent to the university where the student enrolls and can be used for tuition, books, room and board, or other college-related expenses. The scholarship funding is for the freshman year in college and is renewable for up to three years depending on recipient’s academic progress.

Application Requirements

  • Personal response of up to 500 words answering one of two questions provided on application
  • Transcript
  • Educator recommendation
  • Resume of honors and awards, leadership activities, community service activities, extra-curricular activities
  • Photo

Application Deadline

February 1, 2014

Complete the online application here.

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Greg Goff Leadership Awards Application Now Open

Greg Goff, CEO of Tesoro Corporation, is sponsoring five $2,000 college scholarships through the National Society of High School Scholars Foundation for students who demonstrate outstanding leadership. The awards are established to help encourage and recognize young leaders and to help invest in their higher education.

Eligibility

The application is open to all high school seniors graduating in 2014 with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The application is open to students worldwide.

Scholarship funds will be sent to the university where the student enrolls and can be used for tuition, books, room and board, or other college-related expenses. The scholarship funding is for the freshman year in college and is non-renewable.

Application Requirements

  • Personal response of up to 500 words answering one of two questions provided on application
  • Transcript
  • Educator recommendation
  • Resume of honors and awards, leadership activities, community service activities, extra-curricular activities
  • Photo

Application Deadline

October 31, 2013

Complete the online application here.