FAQs, Details, & Submission Links

Design Thinking: Background & Examples

Our design thinking project requirements will be modeled after the Launch Cycle below. Watch the video for additional background.

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For examples, see the work of our 5 recipients in 2018. Also read our scholarship chair’s experiences, “Apparently I’m Completing A “Design A Better Future” Project, Too” & “We Need Design Thinking: Another More Serious Iteration of My Design Thinking Project

Our scholarship committee, which consists of employees at Honors Graduation, will work to share personal applications with design thinking and community improvement on our Instagram page. Follow us at @honorsgradu.


View the checklist, which includes the details on our expectations for your community improvement project.

View the strategy plan, which will be required as part of your final application. If you would like to receive optional feedback before the final deadline, you will use this same form to send us your working strategy plan. INSTRUCTIONS: Download your own copy, and click to type your own words. Then save with your NAME IN THE TITLE & upload to your application.

Submission Links

OPTIONAL: Submit your working strategy plan and any other work to receive feedback by March 23, 2019.

Submit your final project application by April 28, 2019.


Can my community building project be based off an existing project I’m doing for school or an extracurricular program (ie, senior thesis project, Eagle scout project, etc)?

Yes, but make sure you meet all of our scholarship requirements. 

Can I work with an existing community organization?

While students should be the primary planners and executors of their plans, we know that community organizations can be valuable collaborative resources for successful projects. If you collaborate with any existing community organizations, you will need to submit the name of the organization along with the name/email address of a supervisor at the community to verify that you are and have been the primary planner and executor of your project (space for this will be included in the submission form). 

Can I work with a group of students, sharing the scholarship award if selected?

You may work in a group of up to 3 students. We recognize that collaboration with peers may lend itself very naturally to certain projects. If selected, your scholarship award will be divided evenly among the group, and all names would appear with the project on our past winners page. The group should take measures to ensure each participant is an equal planner and executor of the project. Honors Graduation and HonorsGradU are not held responsible for disputes on distribution of effort; disputes may lead to disqualification. 

How soon will I receive feedback on my strategy plan?

This will depend on the volume we receive, but our goal is to have that feedback back to you within 2 weeks, giving you about a month to apply feedback and finish your project. And keep in mind that “the early bird gets the worm;” if you submit before the deadline, not only will you likely get feedback much earlier, but you will give yourself more time to work on the next rounds!

Are there restrictions for my prototype?

Violence, nudity, and other explicit content will not be accepted.

How soon will I hear back on the winners after the deadline?

This will depend on the volume of entries we receive, but our goal is to have awardees notified by May 18, 2019.

What format should my video(s) Be?

Upload your video to Youtube or Google Drive and share with us the link in the reflection submission form.

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