While there are any number of scholarship programs to help students afford college, a new grant program instituted by the Hunter Brooks Watson Memorial Fund is now offering young people, whether in school or not, the opportunity to win grant awards of up to $5,000.
What makes this program different is its policy of awarding grants to young people between the ages of 16 and 25 who have a demonstrated enthusiasm and passion in their lives. The Memorial Fund grant’s focus is on encouraging those with interests in the performing arts, technology, music or entrepreneurship who need funding to help take their passion to the next level.
The Memorial Fund was created in honor of Hunter Brooks Watson, a young man tragically killed as a passenger in a car crash in the spring of 2016, just before he was to enter his junior year at Syracuse University. Hunter had already reached levels of success in a variety of areas, including music, performing, starting a business and as a computer technology major at Syracuse.
The grant program does not require the young person to be in school, to have a certain GPA, nor to be a member of any religious group or demonstrate school leadership or athletic accomplishments. Its only aim is to identify young people who need the financial help to follow their passions.
Further information, and the grant application itself, is available online at hunterwatson.org/grants. The application deadline for the current grant cycle is November 15, 2017. There are no costs or fees associated with applying for these grants.