Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association Uncommon Student Program
Who's Eligible: Iowa high school juniors
Award Amount: Approximately 15 finalists earn $1,000 rewards, and three of those will earn an additional $5,0000. Finalists are selected each year on the ambitious nature of their stated project goal and detailed plans to reach that goal.
Due Date: March 15
If you want to get a slice of this pie, you have to plan, plan, plan. This award is for the uncommon student. Unfortunately it sounds easier than it is. Previous finalists have gone all out. Past projects include sponsoring a microchip clinic for pet owners, setting up English as a second language classes for Hispanic adults, and setting up a charity to help teens and their families in cases of medical emergency.
In the spring of their junior year, students submit a proposal for a project they want to accomplish. Two letters of recommendation are also required. Students are NOT evaluated on the basis of grades, test scores, essays, or financial need, but on their ability to state a project goal and make plans to reach it.
The 15 finalists spend a required expense-paid weekend in West Branch (just east of Iowa City) during the summer between their junior and senior year.
In October of their senior year, the students make presentations about their projects at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum. Each student receives $1,000 award at that time. Three of those students are chosen to receive the $5,000 scholarship award.