Taylor Keith Scholarship Program
The Taylor Keith Scholarship Program honors Taylor Keith, who was a NYFPS participant and an active volunteer. She strongly believed and supported NYFPS' mission. In 2019, NYFPS and Taylor's family proudly launched the Taylor Keith Scholarship Program in her name to recognize the legacy of her support for advancing the NYFPS mission. The program open opportunities for low-socioeconomic status students to participation in NYFPS competitive components and benefit from the invaluable learning experience.
of schools participating
in NYFPS are
Title I Schools
* Title I schools are schools which receive federal financial assistance due to a high percentage of students from low-income households. The federal program aims to provide all children a significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.
Scholarship Program Overview
In 2019, it was with great sadness that NYFPS shared the news of the passing of NYFPS alumna, evaluator, and volunteer, Taylor Keith. Her dedication and support for the NYFPS program has had a tremendous positive impact on the program including its participants over the years. That same year, NYFPS and Taylor's family announced the launch of the Taylor Keith Scholarship Program in her name to honor the legacy of her support for advancing the NYFPS mission.
The Taylor Keith Scholarship Program carries the torch of helping New York State students develop problem solving skills and prepare for leadership roles. NYFPS serves many communities across New York State and often work with underprivileged students that may not have as access to as many educational curricular or extracurricular opportunities as their peers in more affluent areas. This scholarship program is an effort to bring NYFPS' program offerings to these students. It provides financial support for students and/or school recipients to participate in NYFPS' competitive components; thus enabling participants with funding needs to experience the learning opportunities of the program. Scholarship recipients may be awarded partial or full credit towards NYFPS registration fees.
Since the program's inception in 2019, recipients have successfully qualified to compete in the New York State Conference. These scholars not only received achievements at the state level, but they have gone on to compete at the International Conference.
PROCCESS: Schools and students who are interested in the scholarship program must indicate their intent for consideration to our Executive Director at time of the NYFPS school year registration. Registration for the year's competitive season is open September through October; view this year's calendar here. Applicants are encouraged to submit their interest and complete registration as early as possible. Successful applicants will be notified approximately two to three weeks after the registration deadline for the year's competitive season.
DISBURSEMENT: Scholarships will be credited towards the recipient's NYFPS registration fees balance or FPSPI International Conference registration fees balance; funds will not be directly disbursed or transferred to the recipient. NYFPS will notify the scholarship recipient of the remaining balance of NYFPS registration fees if applicable. Recipients who had their scholarships applied towards the International Conference should confirm remaining balance of FPSPI registration fees directly with FPSPI. Please note that the Taylor Keith Scholarship Program only applies to NYFPS registration fees and a FPSPI International Conference registration fees.
QUALIFICATIONS: At this time, only NYFPS participants and schools which have participated in the previous school year's competitive components season or incoming students and schools which have submitted the online form to participate in NYFPS' competitive components during the previous cycle, but were unable to participate (i.e. due to funding challenges or registration after deadlines) are eligible for consideration. Applicants must be a school system, school, or student attending a school located within New York State that are eligible to participate in the NYFPS competitive components.
QUESTIONS: Please direct all questions regarding the Taylor Keith Scholarship Program eligibility and application process to our Executive Director below.
Important Note: General inquiries are not considered applications for the scholarship and all applicants are still required to submit a separate formal request for consideration at the time of their registration for the competitive season.
NYFPS is currently accepting donations to the Taylor Keith Scholarship Program.
TAYLOR KEITH SCHOLARSHIP
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