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Jay Elder Creativity Challenge




About this Scholarship

Created by his family to honor his life, the Jay Elder Creativity Challenge will provide scholarships to Olympia High School (OHS) seniors who showed creativity or innovation in pursuit of their science or math studies. One of Jay’s proudest achievements was being a public high school teacher at OHS, where he taught for thirty years. Respected by his students and fellow teachers, he was a passionate “science guy”, whose courses included material science and calculus, as well as AP chemistry and physics. Jay believed that sometimes, some of the brightest and best students go unrecognized in high school. Always looking for ways to encourage unique and wonderful minds, Jay sought to nurture a sense of outside-the-box thinking, ingenuity, creativity, and curiosity with all of his students.

Key Criteria

Graduating senior from OHS that demonstrates innovation, ingenuity, or creativity in their science, technology, engineering, or math studies. Special consideration is given for non-traditional learners, who might exhibit an unconventional approach to learning, or who have demonstrated their ability or interest outside of traditional academic markers. Must be planning to pursue a post-secondary education including four-year university, community college, vocational, trade school, or other educational institution (full-time or part-time enrollment).

How to Apply

Select the "Apply Now" link above to submit your application using the Community Foundation’s universal application. Creation of a user id and password is required.

Please note that the following items are required as part of the application process.

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Grade Transcript


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