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. Unlike many other science competitions, we only require a proposal, and do not expect the applicants to have started on their project. Accepted participants (individuals or teams of 2) will receive up to $1,000 in seed funding, up to a $500 scholarship, a trip to MIT, mentorship from the THINK team, and advice from MIT professors and industry professionals to complete their project. What’s unique about the MIT THINK Scholars Program is that we welcome proposals for new ideas as opposed to completed research. We do not judge based on the product, but rather the process by which results are to be obtained. We aim to give students with solid proposals great networking opportunities and the full resources to see their ideas become reality, and thus need your help in inviting all of your students to take part in this challenge.

What the MIT THINK Scholars Program can do:
This program allows students to become fully engaged in the scientific design process starting from the inception of an idea. After taking part in the experience of developing a well-thought out proposal, students have the opportunity to turn their ideas into reality by means of funding, a trip to MIT, mentorship from the THINK team, and advice from MIT professors and industry professionals.

Helping Your Students:
Encourage your students to apply! Many students need a push to begin any research project their interested in. Teachers can also assist their students in finding mentors, serving as mentors, and giving critiques on a team’s application.

Spreading the word about the MIT THINK Scholars Program:
Publicize! Below, you can see some flyers advertising the MIT THINK Scholars Program. Forward information to parents, teachers, and school staff or anyone else you think might be interested. We also have a MIT THINK mailing list in order to stay posted with the latest news from the team. If you would like more information in regards to the application and competition guidelines feel free to contact us at think@mit.edu.