Scholarship Information

At LA Tutors, we believe that it’s more than just the grades that make a great well-rounded student. Each one of you is creative in his or her own way: some of you blog; others curate documentary photography on Instagram that helps us understand the world better; and still others find imaginative ways to solve problems in their public and private lives. Creativity is the air each one of us breathes, but sometimes we get so concerned with grades that we forget that imagination is our natural problem solver.

One way to showcase your creativity is to innovate either by solving a problem, by designing something that helps others solve problems, or by enhancing our relationship with whatever matters to us. Innovation brings together in unique ways our technical skills and our hopes for a better world.

It also provides opportunities for gaining real-working experience in a chosen field, and gives students the chance to connect with adults outside their circle who might be able to help students get into their top choice college or get an internship. In the end, innovation makes people look at the bigger picture, which is the best preparation for college and for life.

We at LA Tutors are passionate about sparking the creative genius in students and would love to commend those outstanding students who have a made a difference in the lives of others in some innovative or technological fashion. In order to achieve this, we have established a scholarship for students who meet certain criteria.

Criteria

Must currently be enrolled as a high school or college/university student within the United States or Canada.

Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (or the equivalent).

Must be a citizen of, permanent resident of, or hold a valid student visa in the United States or Canada.

Must have designed an innovative project that makes a difference in the lives of others (This could be a website, series of blogs, an app, fundraising event, etc.)

Must submit an essay describing the goal of the particular project and provide supporting documentation.

The essay, idea, or creation must be the applicant’s original work.

All submissions must be uploaded no later than 11:59 pm PST on the 20th of each month. The submission window closes starting the 21st and will reopen on the 1st at 8:00 a.m.

For complete rules and regulations please click here.

Scholarship Application

Personal Information

Project Information

Upload an essay, letter of recommendation, and photo of yourself before submitting the application by clicking the Upload Scholarship Documents button and uploading files all at once. All of the following documents must be included:

  • Essay - The essay should describe the goal of the particular project and provide the link to access the content such as the blog, app, etc. (if applicable).
  • Letter of Recommendation - The letter should evaluate the quality of the work.
  • Your Photo - The photo should be one taken during project execution.
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Official Rules

LA Tutors 123 Innovation Scholarship 2014-2015 Official Rules

Judging

The winning project will be judged on the basis of its creativity, innovation, and user experience. Some of the questions that will guide judges’ selection are the following: Does the project solve a problem, and if so, how persuasively does the applicant present his or her point of view? Does the project aim for originality, or does it repeat what’s already available?

After the 20th of each month, all entries will be reviewed by the panel of three judges.

Prize

The applicant of the winning project will receive a one-time scholarship of $500, which may be applied to the following school-related expenses: tuition, fees, books, and on-campus room and board. Scholarship funds are provided by LA Tutors 123 and will be paid via mail to the winning applicant.

Submission of Materials

All entries must be entered using the official LA Tutors 123 Innovation Scholarship submission form, which can be accessed above. No other forms of submission will be accepted. All essays must be written in English, and poorly composed submissions will be disqualified. Submissions must be uploaded in either a Microsoft Word or PDF format. Personal information submitted will be used solely for the purpose of awarding the scholarship and to announce the winner on the LA Tutors website. LA Tutors 123 reserves the right to publish content from the submitted essays themselves.

Eligibility

Current LA Tutors 123 employees or their immediate family members are not eligible to apply. Please read additional criteria listed above.

Disclaimers

LA Tutors 123 does not use the information provided in the scholarship application to create listings. If the winner fails to contact LA Tutors by the target date or to follow all submission and criteria rules, LA Tutors 123 reserves the right to award the scholarship to the second place finalist. LA Tutors also reserves the right to feature the pictures of all winners with their school affiliations.

Past Winners

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Featured Recipient

Madison Badrawi

Hometown: Rogers, MN
School: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

Madison Badrawi was inspired by a young girl’s story and with the help of her school and community, organized a 5k fun run, a dinner benefit, sold T-shirts, and held a rally, raising over $95,000 for Juvenile Batten’s Disease research.

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Featured Recipient

Sanzio Angeli

Hometown: Midlothian, VA
School: Clover Hill High School

Sanzio Angeli partnered up with his good friend Dylan and broke the world record for most number model rockets launched simultaneously, successfully launching 3,973 rockets and raising over $20,000 for breast cancer research.

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Featured Recipient

Mary Grace Henry

Hometown: Greenwich, CT
School: Convent of the Sacred Heart

Mary Grace Henry created her foundation, Reverse The Course, and has raised over $80,000 in an effort to help empower the young women in Kenya, Uganda, Paraguay, and Haiti through education. Reverse the Course, along with its collective partners in different countries, has supported 45 girls and paid for 115 years of education to date.

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Featured Recipient

Lauren Maunus

Hometown: Palm City, FL
School: South Fork High School

Lauren Maunus is a bright, motivated, young woman who has spearheaded a campaign to comprehensively label food allergens in her school district. She was invited to testify in front of the House Sub-Committee on Education on this topic, and continues to raise awareness for food allergies as well as other activism.

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Featured Recipient

Matthew Kaplan

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
School: Tesseract School

Matthew Kaplan is a high school senior in Phoenix, Arizona with a passion for social activism. He is the creator of The Be “Open to New Experience” (Be O.N.E.) Project, a community building and anti-bullying prevention program for middle school students.