Wednesday, March 27, 2013

MassMutual Scholars Program

Award: $5000   Deadline: May 03, 2013
Open to students of African American, Asian/Pacific Islander or Hispanic descent. You must be a sophomore, junior or senior, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to qualify for this award.  Preference will be given to students who demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the insurance and financial services industry and show leadership and participation in extracurricular activities.
We seek to increase the number of minority students completing college nationally, raise awareness of careers in financial services, and recruit and retain the top talent touched by our programs.

U.S. Bank Scholarship

Provided by : U.S. Bankcorp
Award:  $1000   Deadline:  May 31, 2013
The U.S. Bank Scholarship is available to high school seniors and college undergraduate students. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for this award.

A&F Scholarships

Abbott & Fenner are committed to continuing our efforts at helping those who have the desire and ambition to succeed.
The winner(s) of this annual scholarship will receive their award within 2 weeks of the listed deadline. All applicants should include their full name and mailing address with their submissions.  

DEADLINE: June 14, 2013       AWARD VALUE: $1,000
The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution.
To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words. Your submissions must be sent to us by email 

NASA Summer Institute in Science, Technology, Engineering and Research (SISTER)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Summer Institute in Science, Technology, Engineering and Research (SISTER)

The program takes place for one week each year during the Summer, July 8-12, 2013, Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm at GSFC. It is sponsored by the Equal Opportunity Programs Office and The Education Programs Office.The application deadline is April 26, 2013 at midnight EST

Program information

The SISTER program is designed to increase awareness of and provide an opportunity for female middle school students to be exposed to and explore nontraditional career fields with GSFC women engineers, mathematicians, scientists, technicians and researchers. The objectives of the program include introducing young women to a technical working environment; acquainting students with GSFC missions; providing an awareness of educational programs and internships available during high school, undergraduate and graduate study; providing observations and experiences with real hands-on projects researched and developed by women at GSFC. The SISTER program components include such activities as women scientist, engineers, technicians, researchers, and mathematicians as mentors; women speakers in various fields at GSFC; women entrepreneur role models; multicultural experiences; a tour of facilities; building and launching rockets; hands-on science experiments; and written communication experiences; and interpersonal and human relations skills building.
For additional info please contact:

Intel Boot Camp and Smart Lighting Summer Camp

Application Instructions
APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Friday, April 5, 2013 at 11:59 p.m.
Selection into the Intel Boot Camp and Smart Lighting Summer Camp is a competitive process and all applicants must submit the following documents in order to be considered. Please Note: Selected participants will receive lunch daily and all required supplies & materials. Students must attend all days and participate in all activities. A nominal stipend will be awarded to participants upon successful completion of the program.

1. online application
2. essay (part of the online application)
3. two (2) letters of recommendation (at least one must be from a teacher)
4. copy of your most recent report card

* Submit letters of recommendation and the copy of your most recent report card via email to

* BE PREPARED TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION, INCLUDING THE ESSAY, WHEN YOU BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION. APPLICATIONS CANNOT BE SAVED AND RESUMED LATER. It is recommended that you first compose your essay in a word processing software like Microsoft Word and then cut and paste the essay into the appropriate section of the application.

A 250 to 500 word essay response to the following question must be submitted as part of this online application.

What are your specific science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics interests and career goals and how do you expect participation in this summer camp to help you pursue your goals?

Note: Do not include special formatting, like bold text, underlining, italics, and bullets. Special formatting will not copy from your word processing software into the online application.

Each applicant must submit two (2) letters of recommendation. One letter must be from a teacher (preferably a science or math teacher). The other letter can be from a guidance counselor, supervisor, mentor, etc. Individuals related to you CANNOT write your recommendation letters.

Be sure to talk to the persons from whom you are requesting a letter to confirm that they will be willing to
provide a recommendation for you.

The recommenders should speak to your school performance, interests or extracurricular activities, leadership qualities, and why you should be selected for program.

Recommendation letters should be submitted via email to

Applicants will be notified as to whether their application has been selected for participation by Monday, May 20, 2013

FEMA Seeks Applicants for Youth Preparedness Council

FEMA Seeks Applicants for Youth Preparedness Council

Washington – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking nominations for participants in the Agency’s Youth Preparedness Council (YPC). 

The Youth Preparedness Council provides an opportunity for young leaders to serve as a member of a distinguished national council; to complete a youth preparedness project of their choosing; to learn about youth disaster preparedness from the leadership at FEMA and other national organizations dedicated to youth preparedness; to voice their opinions, experiences, and share innovative ideas and solutions; and to participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit where the council meets with emergency management leadership to discuss steps to strengthen the nation’s resiliency against all types of disasters.

Participants are expected to represent the youth perspective on emergency preparedness and relay information within their communities. Each council member is expected to develop and complete one preparedness-related project specific to his/her region and interests. In addition to attending the Summit in the summer of 2013, council members will potentially participate in national, regional, state, tribal and local preparedness meetings and present their work. It is expected that members will meet with FEMA on a regular basis via conference call to provide ongoing input on strategies, initiatives and projects throughout the duration of their term.

Anyone between the ages of 12 and 17, who is engaged in individual and community preparedness, is encouraged to apply or be nominated to serve on the Youth Preparedness Council. An individual may apply on his/her own behalf, or can be nominated by an adult familiar with his/her youth preparedness activities. Individuals interested in applying must submit a completed application form, a narrative, and a letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation can be from any adult, including a parent, guardian, community first responder, or teacher. Applications that do not include a letter of recommendation will not be reviewed. Individuals interested in nominating a young leader to the council should complete the application form and narrative, but a letter of recommendation is not mandatorySpecific information about completing and submitting the application and attachments can be found on the application.

All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than 11:59 E.D.T. on April 19, 2013 in order to be eligible.

Council members will be selected based on vacancies and announced in May 2013. Once selected, members serve on the Council for one year, with the option to extend for an additional year, based on a formal request by FEMA.

For more information about the Youth Preparedness Council and FEMA’s work on youth preparedness, and to access the application materials, please visit

If you have any further questions, please contact Citizen Corps at (202) 786-9550 or  .

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

5th Annual MW Quran Recitation Competition

Location: Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus
  Sunday April 7, 2013 10:00AM—2:00PM
Sponsored by
Make Space
Other sponsors are welcome
 The assignments are according to age group
Islamic and Tahfizul Quran schools
Public Schools and weekend schools
 Grade 1
 1/4 Juzu' Amma  (Al Adiyat ----Al Nass)
 1/8 Juzu' Amma  (Quraish—Al Nass)
 Grade 2
 1/2 Juzu' Amma (Al Shams—Al Nass)
 1/4 Juzu' Amma  (Al Adiyat  --Al Nass)
 Grade 3
 All Juzu' Amma
 1/3 Juzu' Amma ( AL Qadr—Al Nas)
 Grade 4
 1/2 Juzu' Tabaraka(29) ( AL Jinn--Al Mursalat)
 1/2 Juzu' Amma (Al Shams—Al Nass)
 Grade 5
 all Juzu' Tabaraka(29)
 2/3 Juzu' Amma ( Al Infittar__Al Nas)
 Grade 6
 Al Kahf ( The Cave), Al Anbiya a ( The prophets)
 Juzu Amma
 Grade 7
 Al Kahf ( The Cave), Al Anbiya a ( The prophets)
 1/2 Juzu' Tabaraka(29) ( AL Jinn--Al Mursalat)
 Grade 8
 AL Nisa’
 all Juzu' Tabaraka(29)
 Grade 9
 AL Nisa’
 all Juzu' Tabaraka(29)
 Grade 10
 Al Imran
 all Juzu' Tabaraka(29)
 Grade 11
 Al Baqarah
 all Juzu' Tabaraka(29)
 Grade 12
 Al Anfal + Attaubah
 all Juzu' Tabaraka(29)

The winner is the contestant that accumulates the highest score in his/her grade level. 
MW Quran Recitation-Committee will give each participant a complementary gift and a certificate in addition to the prizes for certain categories and contestants.
 Qualifying Ages: 
 Competition is open to all Muslims between 5 years old and above, grouped by grades above.
Registration is by Grade in their respective schools.
Participants should register for the proper grade they are in. However, if they feel they can compete with other upper grade levels they have to make that clear in the application.
The winner participants of 1st competitions can’t compete in the same grade level as last year.
Valuable prizes will be given to the winners in each age group.
Sponsors are welcome.
 Please contact Sr Nausheen Baig @ 703-723-9915 or  email

YES! Youth Engagement through Science

SMITHSONIAN MUSEUMS: Youth Engagement through Science (YES!) is a 16-week program:
  1. Six-week Summer internship – Monday – Friday, June 24th to August 2nd, 2013
  2. Ten-week Fall College Preparatory Program – Saturdays, September 14th to November 16th, 2013
  3. We encourage all applicants to take advantage of our online application system.
    Applicant requirements:
    • Be a student in the 9th through 11th grade who live in Washington, DC, or the immediate metropolitan area.
    • Be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.
    • Attend a local high school (public or private) in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region (DC, MD or VA).
    • Be in good academic standing.
    • Participate in both the summer and fall sessions of the program.
    • Be interested in science or cultural studies as a potential career path.
Summer Program Components
Component 1: Career Immersion
  • Science Internship. Through an 80-contact-hour internship, students learn the skills of performing research and understanding the context for their work from experts. Each intern will work on an individual project with a Smithsonian scientist-mentor at the National Museum of Natural History, the National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Gardens, and the National Air and Space Museum.
  • Behind-the-Scenes Tours, Field Trips, and Guest Speakers. As part of the YES! program, interns experience the vast scope of the Smithsonian Institution during field trips to some of the Institution’s museums and research centers in the area. In addition, guest speakers from our science community talk with our students about their work in their respective fields.
Component 2: Communicating Science.Community Leadership is key to sustaining students’ interest in their work and to sustaining relationships between students, their communities, and the Smithsonian. Interns engage in interactive workshops covering various skills, including oral and written communication and research presentation. Participants are provided with guidelines and opportunities to communicate and make presentations as real-world professionals.
  • Communicating Science to Public Audiences:Interns work with the Museum’s Education and Outreach staff and volunteers to learn how science is communicated to the public. Interns engage in hands-on experiences in NMNH’s exhibits, including Mammals, Human Origins, Gems & Minerals, and Paleobiology, as well as learning spaces such as the Insect Zoo & Butterfly Pavilion, Forensic Anthropology Lab, and Discovery Room.
  • Broader Social Impacts RoundtableRoundtables are weekly 2-hour discussions on the interplay of science and public policy and the relevance of students’ projects for scientific and public value.
  • Cross-Cultural Communication Experience: Interns will receive training in cross-cultural communication and then practice what they have learned with rotations in the exhibit halls as volunteers working with museum visitors.
  • Community Day: During the last week of the summer program, the interns use their newly acquired skills in communicating science to present the results of the projects they worked on with their scientist–mentors. This science fair-style event allows the Smithsonian community to view the students projects and learn more about their summer experience.
Fall Program Components
Component 1: College Preparation. During the fall, students participate in college preparation activities:
  • Practical College Preparation Course:NMNH collaborates with the Center for Minority Advancement in Science and Technology (CMAST), a community-based college preparation provider. Students improve reading, writing, and mathematical skills. Workshop topics include preparation for entrance exams, selecting a college or university, selecting a major, financial aid, and writing college-entrance essays.
  • College Visits: On two Saturdays, students visit colleges in the Washington, DC, area to talk with admissions counselors, meet current students, and explore campuses.
Component 2: Community Leadership and Engagement. For Community Leadership and Engagement, participants can become ambassadors through one of two tracks below: Scientific Research or Science Communication –
  • Scientific Research: Leading Peers in Citizen Research. Interns will design and lead a workshop for their peers to access NMNH collections onsite or digitally to explore research questions related to core natural history content and skills.
  • Science Communication:Interns will research and design a conversation about current science relevant to their lives, their futures, and the future of the Earth, and delivering it via distance learning technology to classrooms across the country.

How to Apply

Applicants may register and submit an online application via the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA). Select “Youth Engagement through Science (YES!)" from the drop-down program list. Applicants who apply for the YES! Program through SOLAA should not fill out a paper application for the internship as well.

Deadline is March 29th, 2013.

We encourage all applicants to take advantage of our online application system.
Applicant requirements:
  • Be a student in the 9th through 11th grade who live in Washington, DC, or the immediate metropolitan area.
  • Be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.
  • Attend a local high school (public or private) in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region (DC, MD or VA).
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Participate in both the summer and fall sessions of the program.
  • Be interested in science or cultural studies as a potential career path.
Application materials required for YES! Internships:
  • Online or paper application
    • Application Survey (required)
    • Essay (required)
    • Transcript
    • 2 Recommendations (see list of accepted recommenders)
    • Teachers (Science, Math, or  Social Studies related)
    • Counselors (Grade, Career or Internship related)
    • Principal (Head, Assistant or Vice)
    • Community Based Organizations (Directors, Managers or related staff)
Please submit all application materials via the SOLAA system. If specific circumstances prevent this, please call 202.633.4588 or e-mail
Any material related to the application can be mailed to the following address:
Attn: YES! Program
Smithsonian Institution-NMNH
Office of Education & Outreach
PO Box 37012 MRC 158
Washington DC 20013

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