Awards, Prizes and Scholarships
At the 2012 Fair awards, prizes and scholarships valued at nearly $30,000 were presented thanks to the generosity and commitment of Fair sponsors.
The FRSF Board believes everyone who develops and exhibits a project at the FASF is already a winner. For that reason, every exhibitor at the fair will receive a prize and ribbon. At the 2012 Flint Fair, a "goodie bag" filled with neat stuff was presented to all experimenters.
In 2012 awards valued at nearly $30,000 were distributed to 71 Finalists. Students who develop high quality projects are designated “Finalists”, and are awarded prizes, scholarships, and gift cards. It is from among the finalists that judges select winners of the various categories within divisions for top awards.
- 16 Junior Division finalists were nominated to participate in the Broadcom MASTERS program.
- Junior Division Winners also received Kindle Fires.
- Senior division finalists were also sponsored to compete in the Michigan Science and Engineering Fair where one student won a trip to compete at ISEF.
- Kettering University, Univ of Michigan-Flint, Mott Community College, and Baker College also select students for scholarships through the Science Fair, including scholarships to special pre-college programs.
Senior Division Top Prizes!
An iPad2, and four (4) senior division winners were awarded all expense paid trips to the prestigious INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (2012 ISEF was in Pittsburgh, PA). Two winners compete and two outstanding freshman or sophomore finalists attend ISEF as observers. An “Alternate” is also selected in case a winner is unable to attend ISEF or becomes eligible for sponsorship through the Michigan (state) Science & Engineering Fair.
Note: Scholarship levels and prizes awarded are subject to availability and may change without notice.
Several colleges and universities award scholarships to FRSF Senior Division students.
Thirty six scientific, engineering, local and Federal government organizations sponsor Special Awards presented at FRSF. Donors assign judges to select winners of their respective awards for projects they deem worthy and appropriate to their mission.
Special Awards include
- Scholarships to special summer programs
- Cash awards
- Expense-paid trips to scientific and engineering installations, national conventions
- Magazine subscriptions
All students who participate in the fair are considered for special awards.
Senior Division finalists are eligible to participate in the Michigan (State) Science & Engineering Fair, which is a one-day fair in which students from across Michigan compete for additional recognition, prizes and scholarships, including sponsored trips to compete in ISEF. In 2012 Alexander Dutton of FRSF won the MSEF and a trip to compete at ISEF.
Each year the FRSF is able to award all-expense paid trips to participate in the ISEF (the 2013 ISEF is in Phoenix, AZ). Two senior division finalists are sponsored to compete in ISEF and two finalists in grades 9 or 10 are sponsored to attend ISEF as "Observers".
The experience of ISEF. opportunities to discuss projects with top scientists and engineers who come to the fair as judges or observers, and meeting other participants from around the world are among the most valuable experiences of participating in ISEF. Being judged in competition with over 1500 students from 70 countries around the world, explaining projects to visitors at the fair and participating in special tours have great educational value that cannot be obtained in any other way. Click here for the 2012 Trip to ISEF Story.
- Over $3,000,000 in prizes and scholarships was awarded at the 2012 ISEF.
- Grand Awards ($5000), first place ($3000), second place ($1500), and third place awards ($500) are sponsored by Science Service in each of thirteen categories.
- Two finalists are chosen to attend the Nobel Prize Ceremonies in Stockholm.
- Schools and regional fairs of the Grand Award Winners receive plaques and a $1000 grant.
SSP Broadcom MASTERS Competition for 6th, 7th and 8th Graders
MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology & Engineering for Rising Stars) is a competition for grades 6 through 8. The FRSF will nominate several students from our Regional Fair to enter this challenge.
300 Semifinalists will be evaluated from which 30 Finalists will be selected to win an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., where they will compete for awards and prizes, including the top education award of $25,000
Over the last 8 years of the earlier middle school Young Scientist Challenges FRSF is proud that 12 Semifinalists and 4 Finalists from our fair were selected. In that earlier program 400 Semifinalists were identified from which 40 Finalists were selected from across the USA to participate in this very special event.