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Traveling Programs Scholarships

Supporters

Generous support from funders allows us to grant partial or full funding to qualified applicants each year. Traveling Programs scholarships are made possible by:

  • Boston Athletic Association
  • Hermann Foundation
  • The Lowell Institute
  • Sidney A. Swensrud Foundation
  • William Randolph Hearst Foundation

Funding Criteria and Applications

It is our intention to provide as much funding as possible to those who need it most. There are several criteria we consider in granting a scholarship. These are different for school groups than for libraries and camps; please be sure to use the correct link.

  • – School Groups

    Scholarships Criteria

    Funding must be requested BEFORE making a reservation. Completed funding requests that meet the following criteria are awarded in order of application date.

    • Scholarships are limited to public schools within 150 driving miles of the Museum of Science.
    • To be eligible for 100% funding, MA schools must have at least 25% of their students rated as Economically Disadvantaged. NH, RI, CT, ME, NY and VT schools must have at least 35% of their students participating in free/reduced lunch programs. These statistics will be verified using the most recent data on your school’s state DOE page. Partial funding is available to schools that are within 10% of the respective metric.
    • A scholarship is limited to a single grade with a minimum of one class/twenty students.
    • Your district must have aligned its science curriculum to the Next Generation Science Standards to be eligible for the following options. If your district has not completed this work, contact us before attempting to fill out the application.
    • Funding is limited to the following combinations of Traveling Program and Grade:
      • “Dig into Dinosaurs” (PreK)
      • “Animal Habitats” (K)
      • “Life Cycles” (Gr1)
      • “Motion, Forces & Energy—Upper Elementary” (Gr3)
      • “Now Hear This!” (Gr4)
      • “Wind Energy Workshop” (Gr4)
      • “Starlab” (Gr5)
      • “States of Matter” (Gr5)
      • “Motion, Forces & Energy—Middle School” (Gr7)
    • Funding can be used to book dates in September, October, November, and the two Spring MA vacation weeks.
    • A school may apply for two scholarships each school year period.
    • The school must have appropriate space and schedule time for the program in question. See the preview PDFs on each program’s web page for details.
    • The 2018-19 School Funding Application System can be accessed here.
  • – Libraries and Camps

    Scholarship Criteria

    Funding must be requested BEFORE making a reservation. Completed funding requests that meet the following criteria are awarded in order of application date.

    • Funding is limited to libraries; camp/youth programs; and preschools with official 501(c)(3) status within 120 miles of the Museum of Science, Boston.
    • There must be a minimum of 20 people (of an appropriate age) to be served.
    • The organization cannot charge admission to participate in the Traveling Program.
    • Youth Groups, Camp Groups, and Preschools can request funding equal to the % of children (participating in the Traveling Program) who receive some sort of financial aid to attend that camp or preschool.
    • Libraries are asked to only request the funding that they need.
    • Program choices are limited to our Library/Camp catalog.
    • Date choices are limited to July and August of 2018.
    • An organization can receive one funded program per calendar year.
    • The organization must have appropriate space and schedule time for the program in question. See the preview PDFs on each program’s web page for details.
    • The library/Camp funding application can be opened with this link.