Grants, Scholarships, Contests & Awards

National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp)!
Location:  Davis, West Virginia
Application Deadline:  Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Across the country high school seniors who show academic achievement in one or more areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are being sought to apply for an “experience of a lifetime” at the 2018 National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp). This well established program is provided at no charge to the selected students, which includes air travel.

Two high school seniors who are selected will attend the NYSCamp free of charge to exchange ideas with scientists and other professionals from academic, governmental and corporate worlds, as well as, students from across the country and around the world.  These selected students will become “delegates” representing their home state, during their time in West Virginia, the host state for this long-standing and prestigious program.

This program is for graduating high school seniors in the United States (Two each from every state and Washington, D.C.) and students 16-18 years of age in selected other countries (see below). NYSCamp 2018 dates are to be determined, but generally begin in June and end in July, lasting about 3.5 weeks. The NYSCamp dates are tentatively set for June 27 - July 21, 2018.

For more information, go to: National Youth Science Camp

2016-2017 Green Ribbon Schools Application

The US Department of Education (ED) Green Ribbon Schools (GRS) and Washington State Green School Leader recognizes schools and school districts with the Green Ribbon Award. State nominees for the ED GRS Award and for the Washington State Green School Leader Award are selected based on achievement in the three ED Green Ribbon School pillars:

  • Pillar 1: Reduce environmental impact and costs

  • Pillar 2: Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff

  • Pillar 3: Provide effective environmental and sustainability education, incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways

*Important ED requirements for Green Ribbon Awardees based on the ED GRS Requirements
States may nominate as many as five PreK-12 school or district nominations for the ED GRS. If we nominate more than two schools or districts, at least one must serve at least 40 percent of students from a disadvantaged background. No more than one of the five nominees may be a private school. A school or district may be selected as an ED GRS honoree only once. However, Washington State Green School or District Leader awardees are eligible to be an ED GRS nominee in subsequent years and are encouraged to re-apply in subsequent years. See http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/eligibility.html for complete eligibility requirements regarding ED Green Ribbon Award.

This application requires information about:

  • School facilities (buildings and grounds)

  • Student and staff resource conservation practices

  •  Health and safety policies and programs

  • Food service

  • Environmental and sustainability teaching and learning

On February 12, 2016, OSPI received additional guidelines from the US Department of Education regarding participation in state assessments. As with the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), under the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)/Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (which replaces the No Child Left Behind Act), states are required to incorporate test participation in some way into their accountability system. OSPI has determined that, effective February 12, 2016, any school or district which did not meet the 95 percent participation rate will not be eligible for the Green Ribbon Schools award program.

Green Ribbon School and District Applications are due February 15, 2018.

World Oceans Day: Keep our Oceans Blue
June 8th, 2018

World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This site serves as a central coordinating platform for World Oceans Day, with free resources and ideas for everyone – no matter where you live – to help expand the reach and impact of World Oceans Day on June 8 and year-round.

Conservation action focus for World Oceans Day 2018: 

Encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future

To learn more, visit: Worlds Ocean Day

Or watch their short video here: Celebrate Worlds Ocean Day.