December 12, 2016
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Under a new partnership between Science Olympiad and Saint Anselm College, middle and high school students who have or will participate in the national science competition are now eligible for scholarships at the college.
Science Olympiad is a team competition of 23 team events emphasizing scientific disciplines with categories such as Hovercraft, Wind Power, Towers, Crime Busters and Invasive Species. Science Olympiad, Inc., the United States arm of the global Science Olympiad, describes its events as "scientific track meets." Competition draws on student skills in earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering.
Over 7,500 secondary school teams and 10,000 elementary school teams take part each year in nearly 300 regional and state tournaments spanning all 50 states. In New Hampshire, the state Science Olympiad has been held at Saint Anselm College for eight consecutive years. During that period, the N.H. event has grown to 26 teams from 20 schools, including teams from Vermont. In 2017, the state competition of Science Olympiad will take place at Saint Anselm on March 25.
"The hallmarks of Science Olympiad and Saint Anselm College are students who commit to a goal, work as a team and display intellectual curiosity," says Dr. Nicole Eyet, state director of the New Hampshire Science Olympiad and associate professor of chemistry at the college.
For scholarship consideration in the 2017-2018 academic year at Saint Anselm, the scholarship application must be submitted by January 2, 2017 via the New Hampshire Science Olympiad website. Science Olympiad grants to the college range from $2,000 to $4,000 a year, renewable annually.
Primary conditions of the scholarship are previous participation in Science Olympiad, application to and acceptance by Saint Anselm College, and application to and acceptance by the N.H. Science Olympiad scholarship, including submission of a required short essay.
In addition, starting with the 2017 competition and continuing thereafter, Gold Medal winners of every Division B (middle school) and Division C (high school) event are eligible for a Saint Anselm Textbook Award. This award will fund the purchase of the student's first textbook at Saint Anselm College. The Saint Anselm Textbook Award is also presented in a partnership between Saint Anselm College and the New Hampshire Science Olympiad.