The THINK Scholars Program is an educational outreach initiative that promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by supporting and funding projects developed by high school students. The program is run by a team of undergraduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and sponsored by technology companies and educational organizations. The program is open to all high school students residing in the United States. Students apply to the program by submitting a proposal for any novel science, technology, or engineering idea.
For the 2019 program, we will select up to six finalists, all of whom will receive an all expenses paid trip to MIT, as well as mentorship and funding for the projects. After the completion of the projects, three of the winning participants will receive additional scholarships.
All expenses paid trip to MIT that includes:
1) Attendance to XFair (MIT's spring tech symposium)
A) Personalized tours of MIT laboratories
B) Networking opportunities with MIT professors and XFair companies
2) Up to $1000 to build their projects
3) Project mentorship from MIT students
A) You must be a full-time high school student attending a public, private, or home school at the time of your application.
B) You must be a U.S. resident during the 2018–2019 school year.
C) One submission per applicant
D) One or two students per project
How do I apply?
Students are expected to submit a proposal (of no more than 10 pages) before the application deadline detailing the problem they are attempting to solve, how their idea/system combats the target problem, developmental procedure, a timetable of milestones, and budget allocation.
What are the benefits?
Selected finalists are invited to a four-day all-expenses paid trip to MIT's campus where they meet professors in their field of research, tour labs, attend MIT's xFair, and hang out with members of the THINK team! Finalists also have weekly mentorship meetings with THINK team members for technical guidance, helpful resources, and updates on the project's progress and are given up to $1000 in funding for their project.