Delaware Department of Education seeks public input on ESEA Flexibility renewal

ddoeThe Delaware Department of Education is seeking public input on its ESEA Flexibility waiver renewal application. The U.S. Department of Education has offered states the opportunity to apply for renewed flexibility from specific requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA Flexibility).

To receive renewal states must describe their plans to meet core principles in four major areas:

1. College- and career-ready expectations for all students

2. Differentiated recognition, accountability and support systems for schools and districts

3. Supporting effective instruction and leadership

4. Reducing duplication and unnecessary burden

The Delaware Department of Education received an ESEA Flexibility waiver …

$1000 Delaware Youth Leadership Scholarships available for high school seniors

Jefferson AwardStudent leaders in the Jefferson Awards YSI Program at local, Delaware high schools or Jefferson Awards recipients (during freshman, sophomore, junior or senior years) are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applicants must be college-bound high school seniors at Delaware high schools and show exemplary attributes in scholastics, leadership and service.

Three $1,000 scholarships (one each in Kent, New Castle and Sussex Counties) will be awarded at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Application deadline is April 1, 2015.

For more information, please contact Joyce Darling at 302.571.8004 or visit Delaware Community Foundation.

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YSA Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Disney Friends for Change Grants

Disney Friends for ChangeDisney Friends for Change Grants offer young change-makers $500 to gather their friends and turn their creative ideas to help their communities into projects taking place on or around Global Youth Service Day – April 17-19, 2015.

Whether protecting the planet, providing food to hungry people, helping other kids learn, or promoting healthy behaviors, Friends for Change help make their communities greener, safer, smarter, healthier, cleaner, and fairer.

Youth ages 5-18 located in all 50 states and DC are eligible. Apply by February 18, 2015 to turn your idea from a dream into reality!

For more information, visit Disney Friends

Scholarship Essay Prompts Released for 2015-2016 Delaware’s Financial Aid Application

ddoeThe Delaware Department of Education’s Higher Education Office has released essay prompts to be used for this year’s scholarship applications for state financial aid. Due to a system upgrade, the full application will be released in January.

“We want to ensure students have sufficient time to complete their scholarship applications, so we wanted to release the essay questions in advance of finalizing the system upgrade,” Director of Higher Education Shana Payne said.

Students may visit the Delaware Higher Education website at to view the 2015-2016 essay questions and begin to draft their essays now.

There are 23 scholarships offered …

C-Span StudentCam competition deadline is January 20, 2015!

c-spanStudentCam is an annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation, sponsored by C-SPAN.

The StudentCam theme for 2015 is:  ““The Three Branches and You.” Tell a story that demonstrates how a policy, law, or action by either the executive, legislative, or judicial branch has affected you or your community.

Deadline: January 20, 2015.

Maximum award: $5,000, plus $750 to spend on digital video equipment for his/her school. Eligibility: students grades 6-12, individually or in teams. Students in grades 6-8 will be considered “middle school” entrants; grades 9-12 …