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New talent identification programs offer above-grade testing

April 26, 2022 Leave a comment

When Duke University shut down its Duke TIP program in 2020, it left a worrisome hole in the available resources for gifted children and their parents. Fortunately, leaders in gifted education immediately began working on new programs to fill this gap, and two talent identification programs are now up and operating.

Baylor University

Baylor University, in Texas, recently launched Baylor TIP, which has begun offering above-grade testing for students in grades 4 through 8 who meet certain academic qualifications. Students in grades 7 or 8 can take a college-readiness exam that is designed for high-school juniors and seniors. Students in grades 4, 5 and 6 can take a different version of that exam, which has been modified for students in grades 8 and 9.

The exam can be taken online at any time. A paper version is also available. Parents can sign their children up individually, or schools can arrange to administer a test to multiple students. An informational session for school administrators will be held via Zoom this Friday, April 29.

Participating TIP students will receive a score report with educational recommendations. Those who participate will automatically qualify for enrichment programs offered through the Baylor Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. Baylor TIP also will host an awards program for those with exceptionally high scores.

Western Kentucky University

The TIP-KY program is currently focused on testing students within the state of Kentucky, but the program director said they will try to assist students in other states who don’t have another option.

Why take an above-grade test?

Above-grade testing is valuable for gifted students, who often peg the meter on the standardized tests they’re administered in school. Taking a standardized test that was designed for an older student can help a student’s parents understand just how far ahead their child is, which can be useful in advocating for advanced learning in school.

In the now shuttered Duke TIP Talent Search, 7th-grade students took the SAT or ACT right alongside high-school juniors and seniors. That option seems to be off the table for now, as both the ACT and College Board now limit test registration to students who are 13 or older.

Statistics competition for high-school students

February 4, 2022 Leave a comment

Georgia Tech’s School of Industrial and Systems Engineering is holding a probability and statistics competition for high-school students. Prizes will include cash awards, scholarships to Georgia Tech’s Mission Possible Camp, and formal recognition.

To qualify, students must have completed AP Statistics.

The first round of the competition will be held online on February 18. The second round will be April 4 at Georgia Tech. Registration closes February 15.

Thank you to Cindy D. for the heads up about this event!

Apply now for Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship

October 16, 2019 2 comments

Jack Kent Cooke

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program offers funds — up to $40,000 a year, for up to four years — to support the college ambitions of high-achieving students who have financial need.

The scholarship is available to high-school seniors who have GPAs of 3.5 or higher and have high SAT or ACT scores. (See the JKCF web site for complete eligibility information.)

The foundation will consider applications from students whose families make up to $95,000 a year, but most of the recipients will have family income low enough to qualify for a Pell Grant. The average family income of recipients is $35,000 per year.

Application for the scholarship will be done using the Common App. (Again, see the JKCF site for details.) There is no cost to apply. You must complete the application by November 13, 2019. You’ll need to provide financial information, school records, essays and teacher recommendations, so allow yourself time to compile and complete the needed paperwork.

National YoungArts Foundation offers life-long support for teens gifted in visual, performing, or literary arts

July 11, 2019 Leave a comment

Being admitted to the National YoungArts program is more than an honor. It’s a passport to a lifetime of mentoring and support in the arts.

The National Arts Competition is open to artists ages 15 to 18, or in grades 10 to 12, in these artistic disciplines:

  • classical music
  • dance
  • design arts
  • film
  • jazz
  • photography
  • theater
  • visual arts
  • voice
  • writing

Winners will receive cash awards, take classes with accomplished artists, and benefit from a lifetime of mentoring, performance opportunities, and professional support.

The application deadline is Oct. 11, 2019. Find out more at the YoungArts competition web site and in this recent article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Can you design a better way to grow plants in space? Enter this contest.

July 9, 2019 Leave a comment

The International Space Station isn’t the easiest place for agriculture. There’s simply not much room for a garden. Today, plants aboard the spaceship are grown in small cubes. It’s workable, but it doesn’t maximize the available space.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is working with NASA to improve gardening systems for the ISS and has opened the Growing Beyond Earth Maker Contest. The contest challenges students in high school and college, as well as professionals, to design and build better systems.

Entries will be judged by a panel of NASA scientists. Five winners will be selected from each level (high school, college, professional). Those winners will go on to have their designs tested to determine the final three winners.

Register now to start getting information and briefings. An initial webinar with information about current gardening systems aboard the ISS will be tomorrow, July 10. The final deadline for finished designs is Feb. 3, 2020.

Scholarships for 7th graders with high achievement and financial need

February 18, 2019 Leave a comment

The application period for the Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program, a scholarship for high-performing students with financial need, is open through March 14, 2019.

The Young Scholars program awards scholarships that can be used for enrichment — from music lessons to summer programs — or for private-school tuition. Students apply when they are in 7th grade, and scholarship winners receive financial support for five years, beginning in 8th grade.

Award winners also receive academic guidance from advisers with the program, and participate in summer programs.

To apply, a student must come from a family with an adjusted annual gross income of $95,000 or less. The median annual family income of students selected in 2018 was less than $40,000.

The application has lots of parts to complete, including personal and teacher recommendations, so it’s wise to get an early start.

Digital game design workshop this Saturday

November 28, 2018 Leave a comment

The Games for Change Student Challenge is a game design competition that challenges students to learn simple game design while also learning about community issues.

In the challenge, middle-school and high-school students use simple game engine software such as Scratch, Unity 3D, Snap!, Gamesalad and others to create digital games. They then use these game platforms to build interactive games that incorporate a community issue, such as aging or the environment.

This Saturday, Dec. 1, students are invited to Georgia Tech for a Game Jam, a workshop that will introduce beginning concepts in game design and civic engagement. The workshop is free, but advance registration is required.

The Game Jam can help students gets started in the Games for Change competition, which will accept student submissions from February 1 to April 1, 2019. For the competition, students can work individually or in teams of up to four people.

Established in New York in 2015, the Games for Change Student Challenge will operate this year in four U.S. cities: New York, Atlanta, Detroit, and Los Angeles.

QuestBridge College Prep scholarship for high-school juniors

March 6, 2018 Leave a comment

Exceptional high school juniors whose families have limited financial resources are invited to apply to the QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program.

College Prep Scholars gain exclusive access to a college admissions conference with representatives from elite universities, and get support in improving their college applications. They also may receive full scholarships to residential summer programs at the University of Chicago, Emory, Notre Dame, Penn, Stanford, or Yale.

As part of the application for the College Prep Scholars Program, students can also apply for additional Quest for Excellence Awards that may be based on an area of interest, such as STEM or visual and performing arts, or on demographic criteria.

Many College Prep Scholars go on to receive four-year college scholarships through QuestBridge’s National College Match program, which matches students with top-tier universities such as Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Yale, and many more — 40 colleges in all.

The application deadline for the College Prep Scholars Program is March 21, 2018.

Scholarships for 7th graders with high ability, low incomes

January 17, 2018 Leave a comment

The application period for the Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program, a scholarship for high-performing students with financial need, opens today.

The Young Scholars program awards scholarships that can be used for enrichment — from music lessons to summer programs — or for private-school tuition. Students apply when they are in 7th grade, and scholarship winners receive financial support for five years, beginning in 8th grade.

Award winners also receive academic guidance from advisers with the program, and participate in summer programs.

To apply, a student must come from a family with an adjusted annual gross income of $95,000 or less.

The application period closes in March, but the application has lots of parts to complete, including personal and teacher recommendations, so it’s wise to get an early start.

Make ’em laugh, win a college scholarship

July 17, 2017 Leave a comment

Is your gifted kid a captivating storyteller with a great sense of humor? They can win a $1,500 college scholarship by writing a short (250 words or less), funny story for the Make Me Laugh Scholarship, sponsored by Unigo.

The contest is open to students ages 13 and up who will enroll in an accredited university by fall 2023. Submission deadline is August 31, 2017.