Welcome to the 2018 scholarship!

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The 2018 scholarship has concluded. For details on the awardees’ projects, click here. Check back soon for information for the 2019 scholarship program! It will be another design thinking project, so be thinking of your ideas!


For 5 years, every time we’ve raised the bar for our scholarship, you’ve surpassed it (see winners’ work here). So this year, we’re upping the challenge once again. To demonstrate our continued belief in students’ phenomenal ability to use their learning to better the world around them, welcome to the:

HonorsGradU Design A Better Future $10,000 Scholarship


Whether through essays or multimedia, you’ve used your voices to share visions for a better world. So here’s your chance to put them to action! Submit a proposal for how you’ll better your community. Because this will be a much more rigorous process with multiple rounds, we’re also raising the bar for tuition awards: from five $1,000 tuition awards to five $10,000 tuition awards! We will also fund the top project up to $5,000.


We will be breaking the process into 3 rounds, using the principles of design thinking:

1. Read the Rules and Terms & Conditions (below)

2. Design and submit your ROUND 1 proposal:

*First 4 stages of design thinking Launch cycle

*Students submit overall proposal based on the  Ford Institute community building principles (link updated 12/5/17)

*We select applications based on their completion, seriousness, and viability, offering feedback for those approved to move on to round 2.

*Deadline: February 11, 2018, 11:59 MST Changed to APRIL 8, 2018

3. Design and submit your ROUND 2 artifact

*Next 2 phases of design thinking launch cycle (all but the final launch)

*Students submit an artifact representing their progress and learning

*We give additional feedback

*Deadline: March 18, 2018, 11:59 MST Any time before April 15, 2018

4. Design and submit your ROUND 3 reflection

*LAUNCH phase of design thinking launch cycle.

*Students submit a final reflection that shares how their project is doing one of the following: 1) increasing connections, 2) building capacity, or 3) taking community-led action. They also share their ideas for acquiring further funding, in addition to the $5,000 from HGU if selected as the top finalist.

*Include a video of you working on your project

*Deadline: April 15, 2018 at 11:59 MST

5. We select 5 winners to receive $10,000 tuition scholarships to their colleges, with the top one receiving $5,000 funding to launch their project into the design thinking cycle once more during the summer of 2018 to maximize impact.

CLICK HERE for more details and FAQs on each round.

CLICK HERE if you’re a high school teacher or counselor to print our Teacher Flyer pdf.


  • You must be a graduating high school senior that will be attending a college or university to continue your education.
  • All United States students are eligible.

Read full terms & conditions here:

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be graduating high school seniors planning on attending an accredited college or university in the United States of America. Additionally, students must have met all of the requirements described on this website (http://honorsgradu.com/). Employees of Honors Graduation and their families are not eligible to participate. Submissions must be received before the deadlines in order to qualify for the scholarship program. Mailed applications must be postmarked by that deadline. There are no citizenship requirements.


By submitting your work, you agree that we may display the project on our websites, including, but not limited to photos, links, videos, etc. This will likely only be done for winning candidates, and will only include the applicant’s name, school, and the project itself. No other personal contact information we collect will be used without explicit permission obtained beforehand via email.

Choosing a Winner:

Submissions will be evaluated by our judges only after all submissions have been received by the various deadlines. After carefully reviewing the available information on our site, applicants may also email scholarship chair, Mary, (scholarship{at}honorsgraduation{dot}com) with further questions.


The top 5 selected entrants will, upon verification of eligibility criteria as described above, receive their one-time scholarship disbursement of $10,000 in the form of a check from Honors Graduation to the approved school or university, listing the student as the beneficiary, depending on the individual school outside scholarship policies. Awardees will be contacted by May 15, 2018 and funds will be distributed after that date. Should the $10,000 amount exceed the tuition balance for the first semester, we will instruct the college to apply surplus scholarship funds toward subsequent semesters. It is the recipient’s exclusive responsibility to ensure that funds are received by the school or university and should notify us if that does not happen within 30 days of the date the check is issued.

Honors Graduation reserves the right to discontinue this program at any time without any notice. This promotion is void where prohibited.