Submitting a DISC Scholarship Application

1) Determine Your Eligibility
 
Applicants should be graduating from high school or currently pursuing a post High School degree in a Trade School, Community College or University. They must be accepted at a college/university or other post-secondary educational institution and planning to attend in the school year 2020-2021.  Applicants must have participated in Destination Imagination as a team member or as a volunteer and  should be actively continuing their involvement in Destination Imagination in some capacity – either as a team member or as a volunteer.
 
2) Take time to read our list of: Frequently Asked Questions
 
3) Make a Note of the Deadline, March 1, 2020- no exceptions
 
4) Decide the Challenge for which you want to submit an entry:
 

Marketing Challenge Scholarship:

Challenge: Your task is to create a marketing project/presentation that shows how YOU would promote Destination Imagination. Tell us about your target audience (fellow students or employees, the Board of Directors, business owners?) and explain how you would share the message of DI and show that Destination Imagination is their future.  If you’ve road-tested your pitch already, tell us how you did!
 
Time: Applications must be submitted along with a letter of recommendation by March 1.
 
The Scene: 
 
Help spread the word about Destination Imagination! We all know that the most difficult part of DI is describing it to those who have never experienced it.  As someone who knows, tell others what it’s all about and encourage them to get involved as participants, volunteers, and sponsors.  
 
Procedure: 
 
Part One: Develop and share your marketing project. Often a succinct marketing presentation / pitch can be the most impactful. Please limit projects to a length that can be reviewed within 15 minutes.  Note: Applicants may apply for either the Marketing or Tool challenge, but not both.
 
Part Two: Submit a letter of recommendation from a DI volunteer or official AND complete the application form to share your participation and volunteering in DI.
 
Scoring: You will receive:
  • Up to 35 points for how RELEVANT and USEFUL your marketing project/presentation is. 
  • Up to 25 points for the CREATIVITY of your marketing project/presentation.
  • Up to 25 points for the QUALITY of your marketing project/presentation.
  • Up to 15 points for SPIRIT OF DI (participation, volunteerism, letter of recommendation, etc.)
 

Tool Challenge Scholarship

Challenge: Your task is to choose a problem that your team experienced or that a Destination Imagination team might face during the DI season and share a tool you’ve developed (a step-by-step guide, a problem-solving tool, etc.) that could help less experienced teams address the problem and become better teams.  If you’ve used your tool to solve a real DI-lemma, tell us about it!
 
Time: Applications must be submitted along with a letter of recommendation by March 1
 
The Scene: 
 
Think back to how you and your team solved the many challenges you have faced over the years. Not just the Team Challenges or Instant Challenges, but the challenges that come up along the way as you learn to work together, build a solution, and address roadblocks.  Share your hard-earned knowledge with those who follow in your footsteps!
 
Procedure:
 
Part One: Develop and share your tool. Often a succinct presentation or quick and accessible tool can be the most impactful. Please limit tools to a length that can be reviewed within 15 minutes.  Note: Applicants may apply for either the Marketing or Tool challenge, but not both.
 
Part Two: Submit a letter of recommendation from a DI volunteer or official AND complete the application form to share your participation and volunteering in DI
 
Scoring: You will receive:
 
  • Up to 35 points for how RELEVANT and USEFUL your tool is. 
  • Up to 25 points for the CREATIVITY of your tool.
  • Up to 25 points for the QUALITY of your tool.
  • Up to 15 points for SPIRIT OF DI (participation, volunteerism, letter of recommendation, etc.)
 

Founders Award Scholarship:

Challenge: Your task is to show us how you represent a spirit of volunteerism and impact within Destination Imagination.
 
Time: Applications must be submitted along with a letter of recommendation by March 1.
 
Setup: DISC established the Founders Award Scholarship in recognition and appreciation of VOMBO, the first booster organization for DI, and its founding members.  The award is given annually to the applicant that best exemplifies the spirit of VOMBO through volunteering in support of Destination Imagination and its mission and by creating impact on the organization and for its participants.  Note:  An applicant can only receive this award once.
 
Part One: Tell us in 250 words or less how you represent a spirit of volunteerism and impact within Destination Imagination.
 
Part Two: Submit a letter of recommendation from a Destination Imagination participant, volunteer, or official who has direct knowledge of the volunteer work you have done and the impact it has had at a local, regional, or affiliate level (e.g., a participant if you are a Team Manager, a Challenge Master if you are an Appraiser, an AD if you are a Challenge Master, etc.).
 
Scoring: You will receive:
  • Up to 20 points for how well your ESSAY conveys the spirit of the challenge.
  • Up to 20 points for your LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION.
  • Up to 40 points for your IMPACT on the organization and its participants.
  • Up to 20 points for your PARTICIPATION and commitment to DI.
 
Complete the application early enough that all materials are received and uploaded before the March 1, 2020 deadline. Once your online application has been submitted, a confirmation will be sent to the email address you have provided.  A summary of what was submitted will be given and a LINK will be provided so that you can go back and edit your application and/or add materials as needed.  All materials required to complete your entry will be uploaded through that form. Applicants are responsible for being sure that everything has loaded properly and all requirements have been met.
We recommend you bookmark the URL provided in the confirmation email and/or keep the email notification so you are able to do any subsequent editing.
 
The form will require:
 
  • personal contact data (name, address, email, phone number)
  • a digital image of the applicant (max 512 KB; pdf, doc, docx, rtf,  jpg,  jpeg, png, gif, odt)
  • up to two (2) letters of recommendation from a team manager or other adult involved in DI (e.g., school coordinator or regional director), school administrator, educator, guidance counselor, clergy, community leader, or teammate  (max 2MB; pdf, doc, docx, rtf,  jpg,  jpeg, png, gif, odt)
  • Marketing Challenge entry (if selected - one file; pdf, doc, docx, xls, csv, txt, rtf, html, zip, mp3, wma, mpg, flv, avi, jpg, jpeg, png, gif, ppt, pptx, mov, m4v, odt)
  • Tool Challenge entry (if selected - one file; pdf, doc, docx, xls, csv, txt, rtf, html, zip, mp3, wma, mpg, flv, avi, jpg, jpeg, png, gif, ppt, pptx, mov, m4v, odt)
  • Founders Award essay (if selected – max 250 words)
  • Recommendation letter for Founders Award application
  • Program participation (team challenges, volunteer roles, awards, etc.)
 
6) Complete your Solution. Go back to the online form as often as you need! An email notification will be sent each time a change has been received. 
 
7) If you have any questions or problems completing the form, do not hesitate to email:   scholarshipchairs@idodi.org 
 
The deadline for receipt of ALL materials is March 1, 2020.
 
No late entries will be accepted.