Annual Scholarship & Grant Competition
The Jimmy Stewart Museum, located in Indiana, Pennsylvania, announces a $1,000 scholarship open to students in Grades 11 or 12 in any school district in Indiana County, Pennsylvania.
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James M. (“Jimmy”) Stewart was a native of Indiana, Pennsylvania. He became an Academy Award winning actor, and for more than forty years he was identified as one of the most admired actors – personally and professionally – in our nation. Jimmy also distinguished himself in his World War II military service as a pilot, and in 1985 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The purpose of the Jimmy Stewart Museum Student Scholarship is to invite high school students to create projects that show how the character, service, integrity and compassion for others that exemplified Jimmy Stewart’s life connects to today’s young adult. This is not a research paper competition; applicants are encouraged to use their creativity to show how the lessons we may learn from Mr. Stewart’s life connect to the opportunities and challenges for young adults in society today. Acceptable project formats include a digital video of six minutes or less, an oral history, an original essay, or other format that delivers the student’s message. Projects will be judged for originality, clarity and adherence to the purpose. Submissions must be received or postmarked on or before August 1st in order to be considered for the award. Museum staff will review submissions and determine the scholarship recipient.
The scholarship of $1,000 will be given directly to the student, for use at any accredited post-secondary educational institution (college, university, technical school, or career school). The winning project will be posted on the Jimmy Stewart Museum website and used in promotion of the Museum.
A $1,000 scholarship open to all Grade 11 and 12 students enrolled in a school district in Indiana County, Pennsylvania.
To invite high school students to show their creativity in describing how the life of Jimmy Stewart can affect the lives of today’s young adults.
Dates and Deadline
Projects will be accepted beginning immediately; a project must be received or postmarked by August 1st in order to be considered for the award.
Projects may be digital videos, oral histories, original essays, or other digital formats that effectively deliver the student’s message. Digital projects are to be a maximum of six (6) minutes, not including the title page and credits. Any related photo/film/approval for sources must be included in the digital credits or other format entry. The project entry must be tasteful and appropriate for all ages.
Projects received by August 1st will be evaluated by a panel of judges provided by the Jimmy Stewart Museum. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded in late August, and will be given directly to the student for her/his use at any accredited post-secondary educational institution.
- Submit your entry and all of the entry paperwork by August 1st.
- Follow the project requirements.
- Please have the signature of your parent on the entry form unless you are over 18 on the date of project submission.
$500 Jimmy Stewart Grant Competition:
Jimmy Stewart (1905-1997) had a long, successful career as an actor. He also served in the Army during World War II. As a person and as a professional, Jimmy Stewart was noted for his dedication to country, community and family. Stewart’s most acclaimed cinematic work addressed issues of character and ethical behavior. As a way of recognizing Stewart’s strong commitment to ethics and fairness, the Jimmy Stewart Museum invites elementary and secondary teachers to submit grant proposals for educational projects that promote character formation and ethical behavior. Teachers are encouraged to consider creative, thought-provoking ways of engaging students in educational experiences that promote positive character education and ethical behavior.
The Jimmy Stewart Museum will award THREE $500.00 grant awards this year. Grant proposals should align with the standards related to character education which includes developing student interpersonal skills, maintaining caring relationships, fostering trust, supporting citizenship, advocating respect, and promoting responsible behavior.
Send your Grant Proposals to: The Jimmy Stewart Museum, 835 Philadelphia Street, Indiana, PA 15701 by August 1st.