What We Do
ANNOUNCING A NEW BRIGHT MINDS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM AND A 2015 BRIGHT MINDS SCHOLARSHIP WINNER!
In 2015 we launched a new Bright Minds named scholarship program. Our board drafted eiligibility requirements and created an application process. We solicited one application from each of the Howard County High Schools and convened an awards commitee to review them. We will give our award winner $1000 per year for up to four years of full time attendance at an institute of higher education.
Congratulations to our 2015 Scholarship Award Winner Anna Hwang of Hammond High School who will be attending Yale University in the Fall!
Our second runner up was Mikayla Johnson of Marriott's Ridge HS. We presented her with a laptop and printer.
Bright MInds is proud to support these very accomplished students and to help them make their dreams a reality!
Donate to our scholarship program! We are also available to discuss helping a community member set up a scholarship through our organization.
HCPSS Teachers for Tomorrow Scholarship Program
HCPSS has set up a joint scholarship program with McDaniel College. For more information, see Teachers for Tomorrow.
COMPUTERS FOR STUDENTS
The Bright Minds Foundation works with HCPSS to identify students around the county who do not have access to computers in their homes. The Foundation then provides refurbished, Internet ready, laptops to give to these students. Included in each student's package are also flash drives and security software.. Students and a parent attend a training session to learn how to set up and use their equipment, and at the end of the session, they take the computer home with them. We have donated 1035 computers to families to date and plan to continue the program into the near future. We are working to distribute 200 netbooks donated to us by HCPSS to middle school students during the upcoming school year, and are still accepting laptop donations for our high school students. With new funding from the Kahlert Foundation, we are also launching a pilot program to give out new chromebooks to selected high school students. We will monitor and report our findings back to our funders in order to determine our future direction.
STAFF AND TEACHER GRANTS
Bright Minds supports educational innovation by awarding grants to HCPSS staff and teachers via our yearly application process. We release application information and due dates to staff yearly and send out an announcement. Grant amounts range from $500-$2000. for more details on the program, please see our Grant History page. Applications are solicited once per year; announcements will be made via the HCPSS Staff Hub and on Bright MInds website and newsletters.
THE 2ND ANNUAL STRUTTING WITH THE STAFF CONTEST WAS HELD AT CHS ON 2/11/16
We sincerely thank our sponsors, emcee, judges, volunteers, and especially our dancers!
The competition resulted in the following awards:
3rd Runner Up-Glenelg
2nd Runner Up-Marriotts Ridge
1st Runner Up-River Hill