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What's the deal?

We are challenging you to use your imagination and creativity to make your community a better place to live.

We think you have what it takes to identify a problem, look into it, come up with an innovative solution, test and refine the solution . . . and have fun doing it!

What's in it for me?

A fair question. Besides the fun of being creative, working with your friends and doing something good for others, there is a chance your team will become a finalist and:

  • Travel to National Championship Week at Walt Disney World®, June 8-13, 2014.
  • Compete for a $2,000 scholarship for each team member.
  • Apply for the $25,000 Columbus Foundation Community Grant.
  • Participate in the Christopher Columbus Academy for a behind-the-scenes look at how Disney World works.

National Championship Week Activity PhotoWhat do I have to do?

The Getting Started page will help you begin. You will work as a team of three or four, ask your coach questions and talk to people in the community to help point you in the right direction.

Your objective is to prepare an entry that explains:

  • Your community problem.
  • The scientific research you did to understand the issue.
  • How you tested your solution.
  • How your innovative solution will work in the community.

If at any point you aren't sure what to do next, ask your coach. He or she has a booklet that outlines additional details that will help you complete the entry and locate resources. To help you through the process, the competition also offers:

  • A downloadable PDF of the Student's Guide.
  • A toll-free number, 800-291-6020, to call with any questions.

Who's behind this program?

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation.