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FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition)
The Steppingstone financial aid program enables the school to enroll qualified 6, 7 and 8th grade students only, whose families cannot pay full tuition fees. Our goal is to enroll a diverse and exciting student body whose interaction is crucial in achieving the Steppingstone mission. Financial aid is awarded in the form of a grant that does not require repayment.
Families who feel they may qualify are encouraged to apply for aid. Having more than one child attending Steppingstone or other tuition-charging schools is a significant factor in determining need. Financial aid decisions are made independently of other school functions and do not adversely affect a student’s chances for admission or continuation at Steppingstone.
Financial aid is awarded based on need. Needs assessments are performed by a third party through FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition). For more information click on the links below, call 877-326-FAST (3278), or go to www.ismfast.com. All financial information provided is held in strictest confidence by all involved parties.
Apply for FAST.
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ADULT GRANTS PROGRAM
The Michigan Alliance for Gifted Education regularly offers grants up to $300 to adult members who wish to engage in one of the following activities:
- Research in the field of gifted education
- Implementation of a special project that will directly benefit gifted, creative, and/or talented students
- Attendance at a class, extended workshop, or conference, which will enhance your ability to work with or for the gifted, talented, or creative
More information can be found in the Adult Grant Program Information and Application. The deadline for applications is March 31!
STUDENT MINI-GRANTS PROGRAM
The Michigan Alliance for Gifted Education regularly offers Student Mini-Grants up to $100 to students who wish to conduct their own experiment, construct something unique, experiment in any form of the arts (various art media, music/sound, theater, or writing). Think to yourself, “If I had a little money to help me, I wish I could ….”
More information can be found in the Student Mini-Grants Program Information and Application. The deadline for applications is March 31!
STUDENT SUMMER SCHOLARSHIPS PROGRAM
The Michigan Alliance for Gifted Education regularly offers scholarships up to $500 to students who wish to attend summer enrichment programs.
More information can be found in the Student Summer Scholarship Information and Application. The deadline for applications is March 31!
NICHOLAS GREEN SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY
The Michigan Alliance for Gifted Education, in cooperation with the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), is pleased to announce the NAGC - Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Awards Program for the 2008-2009 school year. The deadline for applications is March 31!
The Nicholas Green Foundation was established by Maggie and Reg Green to honor the memory of their seven-year-old son Nicholas who was killed in a drive-by shooting while visiting Italy in 1994. The Greens started the Distinguished Student Awards because they wanted to recognize young people who are working hard to make the most of their lives and develop their unique gifts and talents, and who are now about the age that Nicholas was when he died.
The Michigan Alliance for Gifted Education and NAGC are honored to be part of the Greens’ generous spirit. We look forward to seeing that Nicholas’ legacy benefits young children who demonstrate excellence – from visual or performing arts to academic achievement to leadership. We believe that this awards program will inspire children to achieve to their fullest potential, highlight high-ability students, and draw attention to the educational needs of our nation’s gifted and talented students.
More information and the nomination procedures can be found in the Nicholas Green Scholarship Application and Information.
JACK KENT COOKE YOUNG SCHOLARS PROGRAM FOR SEVENTH GRADERS
The Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars application for seventh graders is now available to download, fill out, and send. Academically talented seventh graders who have some financial need and who are leaders in the making should be the targets.
Young Scholars receive funding to participate in academic summer programs, extracurricular lessons, distance-learning courses, and other enrichment opportunities. Throughout their time in the program, Scholars work closely with an educational adviser who helps them plan an academic and talent development path to prepare them to enter top universities. Most Young Scholars receive a college scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
Seventh graders who value academic excellence, determination, leadership, and public service are encouraged to apply. The application is long and should be started immediately. Applicants must have demonstrated financial need – typically, a family income below $60,000. In assessing financial need, the Foundation considers factors such as family income and assets, the number of siblings in college, exceptional family medical expenses, and geographic differences in the cost of living.
More information and an application can be found at http://www.jkcf.org/scholarships/young-scholars-program/. The deadline for applications is April 27.
Steppingstone gratefully acknowledges the Michigan Alliance for Gifted Education (MAGE) for the above information.