Scholarships + Housing Grants
What kind of financial support are you looking for?
Creative Opportunities Unlimited is pleased to offer several financial scholarships that can be applied toward the cost of obtaining an education at any university, college, community college, or specialized school. The application process for each of the individual scholarships is the same (see directions below), and from the pool of applicants, a board of qualified reviewers will select as many participants as possible to receive financial rewards. Scholarship amounts often range from $250 up to $1,000 and are awarded based on a variety of criteria including commitment to and involvement in the Odyssey of the Mind program, intentions to continue as an Odyssey of the Mind participant/volunteer, and career or life plans directly related to one's involvement in Odyssey of the Mind.
WHAT INDIVIDUAL SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE?
To be considered for an individual scholarship, please follow the instructions below:
(1) Gather information about your participation in Odyssey of the Mind including: # of years involved, which problems you solved, and any special awards or accomplishments.
(2) Obtain a letter of recommendation from an Odyssey of the Mind coach, high school administrator, teacher, or college professor. The letter should be no more than one page, double-spaced or hand-printed and available as an digital document (.doc, .pdf). You will upload this during the application process.
(3) Write a response to each of the following three questions. Your response may take any form, format, or style you wish, but your response should be limited to no more than 350 words per question. There are text boxes on the application that will allow you to copy and paste your answers, as well as a file upload feature that will accept most typical file types:
Question 1: How has Odyssey of the Mind changed your life?
Question 2: How will you continue to use what you have learned in Odyssey of the Mind in your day-to-day life?
Question 3: How will you give back to Odyssey of the Mind so others may benefit from the program?
(4) When you have prepared the application materials listed above and are ready to apply, click on the link here:
DEADLINE: Submit all materials so that they are complete and received by 11:59PM (PST) February 15 of the current year. Only completed applications that are received by February 15 can be considered.
NOTE: Please do not contact CCI with any questions regarding the scholarships. All scholarships are reviewed and rewarded by Creative Opportunities Unlimited, not CCI. Please only rely on this page for accurate information regarding the scholarship process and not information posted to other sites (e.g., a local association's website). Also, applicants must be seniors in high school to apply.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR AN INDIVIDUAL SCHOLARSHIP?
The names of all scholarship recipients (and their respective amounts) will be posted on this page by April 30.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF I RECEIVED AN INDIVIDUAL SCHOLARSHIP?
COU SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
For any and all questions pertaining to the COU individual scholarships please contact Joel Anderson and Harold Kurtz. Be sure to include "COU Scholarship question" in the subject box so that we can direct your question to the right expert. As a reminder, please do not contact CCI about the scholarship process.
WHOM SHOULD I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP?
The Wayne R. Kehrli Memorial Scholarship
Wayne R. Kehrli was involved with Odyssey of the Mind for 35 years. During that time, he volunteered in many aspects of Odyssey of the Mind; serving as a coach, judge, and ultimately as the International Problem Captain for Problem #1, a position he held for 25 years until his retirement in 2014 due to illness. He was honored with the Odyssey of the Mind Spirit Award in 2007. Wayne loved creative thought and beyond-the-box thinking. He believed creativity was everywhere; in every Odyssey of the Mind problem, every vocation, and everyday life. He loved watching kids grow and change through their Odyssey experience.
The Kehrli family honors Wayne by continuing what he dedicated much of his life to - encouraging creativity, education, and creativity in education. This $1,111 scholarship will be awarded to a Division IV applicant who displays the passion, creativity and growth Wayne so greatly encouraged and admired. His creative and kind spirit will live on through the Wayne R. Kehrli Memorial Scholarship.
Current Division IV Odyssey of the Mind competitor
Student currently enrolled in post-secondary education as of May AND who will be attending post-secondary education in the following academic year
Student in good academic standing
WHAT IS THE WAYNE R. KEHRLI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP?
To apply for the Wayne R. Kehrli Memorial Scholarship, please follow the steps below:
1. First, make sure you are eligible to apply for the Wayne R. Kehrli Memorial Scholarship (see criteria above).
2. Please review the following two application questions and give considerable, creative thought to your answers before beginning the application. Note: it is wise to write your responses in Word and then copy/paste them in the application:
Question #1: In 500 words or less, answer the following: What do you think is your strongest contribution to your team and why?
Question #2: Choose one of the following two questions/topics and respond in 500 words or less: A) How would you explain Odyssey of the Mind to someone who has never heard of it? or B) If you have competed for more than one year, what has been your favorite Long Term Problem and why?
3. Find someone willing to write a letter of recommendation for you. A link to an online recommendation form will be provided in the application. You can send this link to the person writing your recommendation.
4. After doing steps 1-3, please click here to complete your application. The deadline for all completed applications, including recommendation letters, is May 15 (sorry, no late applications can be accepted).
5. The winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony of World Finals!
HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE WAYNE R. KEHRLI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP?
2016 recipient: Kenzie VanDerwerker
2017 recipient: Lydia Freehafer
2018 recipient: Desiderio Pilla
2019 recipient: Katie Harr
WHO ARE THE PAST WAYNE R. KEHRLI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS?
COU Housing Grants are designed to assist teams in experiencing the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. A COU grant is intended to supplement efforts of teams to raise sufficient funds to attend World Finals. Funds are extremely limited, and only a small portion of applicants are awarded grants each year, but we do our best to ensure that teams who have qualified to compete at World Finals get to have the opportunity to do so. COU Housing Grants provide World Finals room and board packages purchased through Creative Competitions, Inc. Only teams electing to stay in official campus housing are eligible. Successful teams will be awarded a variable number of packages depending on need. These awards carry no cash equivalent and are awarded to teams, not individuals.
WHAT IS A COU HOUSING GRANT?
The Housing Grant application process for 2019-2020 is now open! Please click here to access the application:
We will notify recipients in the next several weeks, so please check the email you provided on the application for information. If you have questions, please use the form on this website (below) to reach the COU team.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR A HOUSING GRANT?
ASSOCIATION DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
COU provides grants to Odyssey of the Mind associations for a variety of projects, including start up costs for new associations, special projects that will help the Odyssey of the Mind program as a whole, and specific, targeted efforts to grow the program in your area. For more information, Association Directors should contact us directly using the contact form at the bottom of this page.