Awards, Prizes & Scholarships
Awards, prizes, and trips valued at more than $12,000 are typically presented each year by the Fair Board, with thousands of dollars more in special awards, camps, and scholarships presented thanks to the generosity and commitment of Fair sponsors.
Students who develop high-quality projects are designated “Finalists.” It is from among the finalists that judges select winners of the various categories within the divisions for top awards.
Senior Division Top Prizes
The top Senior Division winners are awarded all-expense-paid trips to the International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF). Two students (freshmen or sophomores) attend as observers.
Junior Division Top Prizes
Top Junior Division winners receive cash prizes. The top 10% of the Junior Finalists are nominated to participate in the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge (formerly Broadcom MASTERS program).
Elementary Division Top Prizes
Top Elementary Division winners receive cash prizes. Elementary participants are also qualified to earn Special Awards.
Awards & Scholarships
College and University Scholarships
Local colleges and universities often selected students for scholarships through the Fair, including scholarships to special pre-college programs.
A variety of scientific, engineering, local groups and government organizations present Special Awards to students. These may include:
- Scholarships to special summer programs
- Cash awards
- Expense-paid trips to scientific and engineering events, national conventions, etc.
- Plaques & Certificates
- Magazine subscriptions
International Science & Engineering Fair
ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. The competition features nearly 1,800 students selected from more than 80 countries, regions, and territories. ISEF prizes include more than $3,000,000 in prizes and scholarships. Top Senior Division winners are awarded all-expense-paid trips to ISEF. Two students (freshmen or sophomores) attend as observers.
SSP Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge (formerly Broadcom MASTERS Competition)
As in years past, the FRSEF will nominate several students from the Junior Division to enter this competition.