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Traveling Programs Scholarships

Supporters

Generous support from funders allows us to grant partial or full funding to qualified applicants each year. Traveling Programs scholarships are made possible by:

  • Boston Athletic Association
  • Hermann Foundation
  • The Lowell Institute
  • Sidney A. Swensrud Foundation
  • William Randolph Hearst Foundation

Funding Criteria and Applications

It is our intention to provide as much funding as possible to those who need it most. There are several criteria we consider in granting a scholarship. These are different for school groups than for libraries and camps; please be sure to use the correct link.

  • – School Groups

    Scholarships Criteria

    Scholarships for Schools that meet the following criteria are awarded in order of application date.

    • Scholarships cannot be requested for an existing reservation.
    • Scholarships are limited to public schools in New England, within 120 miles of the Museum of Science.
    • The school must have verifiable financial need. MA schools must have at least 25% of their students rated as “Economically Disadvantaged.” NH, RI, CT, ME, and VT schools must have at least 35% of their students participating in free/reduced lunch. These statistics will be verified using the most recent data on your school’s state .EDU page.
    • A scholarship is limited to a single grade with a minimum of two classes/forty students.
    • Program choices are restricted to Engineering: Wind Energy Workshop, Geology: Rock Detectives, States of Matter, and Motion: Forces and Work.
    • The school will have to prove that the program content has a direct tie to the district curriculum of the grade in question, with a link to the appropriate district web page or an attached digital copy of the curriculum. No paper copies will be accepted. No applications that reference the MA science frameworks or national standards (NGSS) will be approved.
    • Date choices are restricted to September, October, November, and December. Out-of-state schools can request dates in the February and April MA vacation weeks if they are in session.
    • A school may apply for two scholarships each school year period.
    • The school must have appropriate space and schedule time for the program in question. See the preview PDFs on each program’s web page for details.
    • The school scholarship application system is available here.
  • – Libraries and Camps

    Scholarship Criteria

    Scholarships for Libraries and Camps that meet the following criteria are awarded in order of application date.

    • Scholarships cannot be requested for an existing reservation. Scholarships are limited to public libraries and nonprofit camps in New England, within 120 miles of the Museum of Science.
    • Scholarships are limited to organizations that can provide an appropriate audience, ranging from K – adult, with a minimum of at least 30 people to be served.
    • Public libraries cannot charge admission to participants.
    • Camp programs can ask for funding equal to the amount of their children who have received some sort of financial assistance to attend the camp.
    • Program choices are limited to our Library/Camp catalog, available as a PDF on our web page.
    • Date choices are limited to the last week of June, July, and August.
    • A library/camp may apply for one scholarship each calendar year.
    • The organization must have appropriate space and schedule time for the program in question. See the preview PDFs on each program’s web page for details.
    • The library/camp scholarship application system will be available on 1/15/17.