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    Wayfinder Society Student Mini-Grant

    Offered by Algalita Marine Research and Education

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated May 2, 2024
    Multiple awards worth

    $300 - $2,000

    Grade level

    High School Students

    Expected deadline:

    This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

    April 2025

    Scholarship Overview

    Are you between the ages of 11 and 25 and have a passion for ending plastic pollution? If so, the Wayfinder Society Student Mini-Grant may be a good opportunity for you! Each year, the grant awards between $300 and $2,000 to multiple individuals who are pursuing either education or community projects to “help us move toward a world where plastic pollution is unthinkable.” The grant money may be used for: individuals’ first semester of college, a community project/internship/conference related to ending plastic pollution, online courses, or even for starting a YouTube channel where you discuss how incinerators/plastic waste impact your local area. If you are dedicated to a future where plastic pollution is no more, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.

    About Algalita Marine Research and Education

    Algalita is internationally known as the organization that started the movement to end plastic pollution nearly 30 years ago. They were one of the first to discover, and bring attention to, the swirling soup of plastic pollution in the Pacific – now known by many as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. They now specialize in supporting educators through resources, events, and funding opportunities via their program, the Wayfinder Society for Environmental Education.

    Eligibility information

    This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

    Grade Level

    High School Students

    Academic Interest

    Environmental Health

    Miscellaneous

    Applicants must be between the ages of 11 and 25.

    Application information

    In order to apply, interested students must submit the below application materials, watch "The Story of Plastic" documentary, and finish "The Story of Plastic" System Mapping.

    Essay

    Letters of Recommendation

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    Scholarship FAQ

    When will the winner of this scholarship be announced?

    The Wayfinder Society Student Mini-Grant winner will be announced: May 1, 2024.

    Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

    For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Algalita Marine Research and Education at https://algalita.org/wayfinder-society/contact/.

    Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

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