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The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation is an independent Federal government agency established to "encourage and support research, study and labor designed to produce new discoveries in all fields of endeavor for the benefit of mankind." Founded by the late Honorable Frank Annunzio and governed by a Presidentially appointed Board of Trustees, the Foundation seeks to nurture and recognize individuals and programs which reflect the visionary spirit and pioneering heritage of Christopher Columbus.


CCFF logoToday the Foundation's mission is focused exclusively on recognizing outstanding middle and high school students who distinguish themselves through their contributions and dedication to the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, particularly as it applies to the advancement and betterment of the world around them. The program strives to nurture lifelong scientific creativity though our mentor and teacher partners. Typically, we bestow awards following competitions that place a high value on public service and innovation.

Our History

In 1992 Americans celebrated the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the Americas, and the United States Congress joined in the commemoration by passing Public Law 102-281, the Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Coins and Fellowship Foundation. The Foundation's original $7.6 million endowment came from the surcharges on the sale of three denominations of specially minted coins sold by the United States Mint from August 1992-June 1993, thus establishing a living legacy of explorer Christopher Columbus. 

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National Association of Secondary School Principals

NASSP logoIn existence since 1916, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the preeminent organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and aspiring school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world. The mission of NASSP is to promote excellence in school leadership.

The NASSP publishes the National Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities, produced by the National Association of Secondary School Principals through its National Committee on Student Contests and Activities. This list provides information to assist principals, teachers, parents, and students in making decisions regarding participation in a wide variety of program opportunities. The Committee reviews all programs based on the following standards: educational, financial, organizational, promotional, adjudication and awards. Programs that in the opinion of the Committee meet the guidelines are placed on the National Advisory List. For more information on the NASSP, visit

AMLE logoAssociation for Middle Level Education

The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) is dedicated to improving the educational experiences of young adolescents by providing vision, knowledge, and resources to all who serve them in order to develop healthy, productive, and ethical citizens. For more information on the AMLE, visit