Scarsdale Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs
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    The Scarsdale Schools Education Foundation (SSEF) is proud to offer grants in sponsorship of the Scarsdale Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs. Following in the footsteps of the District’s Center for Innovation, this program encourages students to develop innovative ways to tackle environmental and societal issues through social entrepreneurship.

    In our increasingly complex world, our students will need to develop solutions for the many problems of today.  Honoring the District’s motto, Non Sibi, this program will provide students with an opportunity to solve a real world problem that may exist in the Scarsdale community or beyond.  Our goal is that students will see themselves as agents of positive change, acknowledging that patience, failure, and risk-taking are part of the process.  The SSEF Grant funding are designed to help seed or sustain social entrepreneurship ideas and projects 

    While the grant program focuses on student entrepreneurship, the program is open to all Scarsdale High School students, regardless of their participation in the AT Entrepreneurship course at the high school. SSEF grants are awarded twice a year for students: Once in the Winter and once in the Spring.  

    To be considered, students will be asked to fill out the application (either as an individual or team) that asks questions about the proposed project. After submitting an application deadline, student groups will be contacted by the faculty panel to meet and discuss the project.  During this time, the faculty panel will provide feedback to help students revise and prepare for the presentation to the SSEF grant panel.  Students will also need to choose a mentor(s), who will help guide the process and timeline. The program will culminate with students presenting their problems and solutions, competing in pitch sessions, in front of a review panel for feedback and for consideration of additional funding to scale the idea.


    2023-2024 School Year Schedule

    Grant Application Process

    Due Date for Applications

    Presentation to the SSEF Panel

    Fall 2023

    November 27

    January 2023

    Spring 2024

    April 1

    May 2024

    If you are interested in applying for a grant, please complete this form to begin the process. 

    Please contact William Yang, K-12 Coordinator of Digital Learning and Literacy, if you have any questions.