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The Harold Kurtz
Scholarship Odyssey


Dr. Harold Kurtz spent more than 50 years dedicated to education and to the creativity emphasized by Odyssey of the Mind. A smile, a kind word, and an extended hand exemplified Harold’s approach to life. His passions were creativity, intellectual curiosity, and love of people. Without Harold, the Odyssey of the Mind program would not be the great program it is today. Although Harold loved everything about OM, he had a particular connection with Problem 5 where he volunteered as a judge for many years. The Harold Kurtz Scholarship Odyssey awards are dedicated to his memory, his work in education, and his passion for Problem 5.

Two $1,000.00 one-time scholarships will be awarded each year to OMers who are seniors in high school or who have entered post high school education, and who meet one or more of the criteria listed below.   Applicants may apply for one or both, if they meet the criteria, but may only receive one scholarship. If you qualify and apply for both scholarships, the committee will decide the one scholarship that you may be awarded.

Eligibility Criteria for the Harold Kurtz Scholarship Odyssey:

  • You must be a senior in high school or a graduate who is enrolled in a post high school program AND a current (or past) Problem 5 (Performance) Odyssey of the Mind participant. You must indicate the problem name and year that you were a Problem 5 participant.




  • You must be a senior in high school or a graduate who will be studying in the field of EDUCATION.

If either or both of the criteria describe you, complete the common scholarships program application and be sure to indicate either/both 1) your participation in Problem 5, and/or 2) your intention to study education.


To apply for the Harold Kurtz Scholarship Odyssey, please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Review the guidelines that apply to all scholarships here

Step 2: Complete the Odyssey Scholarships Program common application

  • Questions included in the common application will determine your eligibility for the Harold Kurtz Scholarship Odyssey and provide an opportunity to submit any supplemental information.

  • Click the Apply Now button to begin your application.


Previous winners of the Harold Kurtz Scholarship Odyssey include: 

2023 recipient: Sara Van Reymersdal

2024 recipients: Olivia Murray (Problem 5) & Veronica Talma (Education)

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