Awards, Prizes and Scholarships
At the 2016 Fair awards, prizes and scholarships valued at nearly $28,000 were presented thanks to the generosity and commitment of Fair sponsors.
The FRSF Board believes everyone who develops and exhibits a project at the FRSF is already a winner. For that reason, every exhibitor at the fair receives a prize and ribbon. At the 2016 Flint Fair, a "goodie bag" filled with neat stuff was presented to all experimenters.
In 2016 awards valued at nearly $28,000 were distributed to 80 Finalists. Students who develop high quality projects are designated “Finalists”, and are awarded prizes, scholarships, and gift cards. It is from among the finalists that judges select winners of the various categories within divisions for top awards.
- 19 Junior Division finalists were nominated to participate in the Broadcom MASTERS program.
- Senior division finalists were also sponsored to compete in the Michigan Science and Engineering Fair where one student wins a trip to compete at ISEF.
Senior Division Top Prizes!
IIn addition to Scholarships, five (5) senior division winners were awarded all-expense paid trips to the prestigious INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (2016 ISEF was in Phoenix, AZ). Three winners compete and two outstanding freshman or sophomore finalists attend ISEF as observers. An “Alternate” is also selected in case a winner is unable to attend ISEF or becomes eligible for sponsorship through the Michigan (state) Science & Engineering Fair.
Note: Scholarship levels and prizes awarded are subject to availability and may change without notice.
College & University Scholarships
Kettering University, Univ of Michigan-Flint and Baker College also selected students for scholarships through the Science Fair, including scholarships to special pre-college programs.
Thirty-four scientific, engineering, local and government organizations presented 139 Special Awards at FRSF. Donors assign judges to select winners of their respective awards for projects they deem worthy and appropriate to their mission.
Special Awards include
- Scholarships to special summer programs
- Cash awards
- Expense-paid trips to scientific and engineering installations, national conventions
- Magazine subscriptions
All students who participate in the fair are considered for special awards.
Michigan Science & Engineering Fair
Senior Division finalists are eligible to participate in the Michigan (State) Science & Engineering Fair, which is a one-day fair in which students from across Michigan compete for additional recognition, prizes and scholarships, including sponsored trips to compete in ISEF. Over recent years several FRSF students have won the MSEF and a trip to compete at ISEF.
INTEL International Science & Engineering Fair
Each year the FRSF is able to award all-expense paid trips to participate in the ISEF (the 2017 ISEF is in Los Angeles, CA). Three senior division finalists are sponsored to compete in ISEF and two finalists in grades 9 or 10 are sponsored to attend ISEF as "Observers".
The experience of ISEF— Opportunities to discuss projects with top scientists and engineers who come to the fair as judges or observers, and meeting other participants from around the world are among the most valuable experiences of participating in ISEF. Being judged in competition with over 1600 students from 70 countries, explaining projects to visitors at the fair and participating in special tours and workshops have great educational value that cannot be obtained in any other way.
- Over $3,000,000 in prizes and scholarships was awarded at the 2016 ISEF.
- Grand Awards ($5000), first place ($3000), second place ($1500), and third place awards ($500) are sponsored by Science Service in each of thirteen categories.
- Two finalists are chosen to attend the Nobel Prize Ceremonies in Stockholm.
- Schools and regional fairs of the Grand Award Winners receive plaques and a $1000 grant.
SSP Broadcom MASTERS Competition for 6th, 7th and 8th Graders
MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology & Engineering for Rising Stars) is a competition for grades 6 through 8. The FRSF will nominate several students from our Regional Fair to enter this challenge.
300 Semifinalists will be evaluated from which 30 Finalists will be selected to win an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., where they will compete for awards and prizes, including the top education award of $25,000
Over the last 11 years including the earlier middle school Young Scientist Challenges FRSF is proud that 15 Semifinalists and 4 Finalists from our fair were selected.