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The Michael Perelstein Memorial Scholarship Fund’s Discover Your Passion™ Competition encourages parents, students, teachers and schools to identify and showcase exemplary creativity, intellectual pursuits and talent of school children. The competition also attempts to bring to the foreground the full range of what talent can be – from the academically advanced “how does it work?” student to the kid who loves animals and has the potential to harness that passion to be the next Temple Grandin or Jane Goodall.


The Discover Your Passion™ Competition offers New York City-based students an opportunity to explore their unique gifts, talents and passions in an area of their choice. In 2016 the Scholarship Fund has been increased to $25,000 and will be awarded to up to ten children who show exceptional promise in academic fields, sports, music, the arts, social entrepreneurship, technology or other disciplines. Formerly only available to students in grades 2-8, the program has now been extended through High School. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $5000 toward the pursuit of his or her choice and the remaining winners will be awarded amounts consistent with their projects. Finalists will be selected within three categories: Grades 2-5, 6-8 and 9-12.


Support may be provided for any activities identified by the student, from travel, to mentorships, to attendance at relevant programs, or equipment for the specific use by the awardee toward his or her desired goal. Use of these funds is not prescribed by the program, but they must be designed to support the child’s passion. For the musically talented child, for example, the award could support lessons with a noted music instructor, or participation in an elite ensemble. Funds are not intended to supplant a family’s existing expenditures but must be shown to add to opportunities available to the awardees.


Click here for more information on Criteria, Eligibility and the Submission Process.

Apply online below or download application and submit by mail.


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