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MIT THINK Scholars Program


Scholarship Value: $500
Awards Available: 3
Award Deadline: January 1, 2021

The MIT 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 as part of MIT TechX. 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 2021 competition, we will review applications in two rounds: an initial proposal review and video interview for selected semifinalists. Up to six finalists will then be chosen to receive a virtual trip to MIT, meetings with professors, and mentorship and funding to implement their project proposals. Finalists will be designated as MIT THINK Scholars upon successful completion of their projects.

Eligibility Requirements

A) You must be a full-time high school student (i.e. attending a public, private, or home school) at the time of your application

B) You must be a US resident during the 2020-2021 academic year

C) One submission per applicant

D) One or two students per project

Application Process

The process for entering the MIT THINK Competition is as follows:

A) Register: create an account using your email address and enter the required personal information

B) (Optional) Find a partner: you can work alone or with one partner

C) Submit your proposal: upload your project proposal, making sure to follow the instructions outlined below in Proposal Guidelines The THINK Team will open the application portal at think.mit.edu during the fall semester.


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