The "Creating the Future" scholarship was established in 2010 in honor of Dr. E. Paul Torrance, creativity guru and founder of Future Problem Solving Program. FPS is an international competitive program in which students apply a problem solving process to situations involving global issues, to current issues in schools and communities, and to visions of the future through storytelling.
The scholarship recognizes a current FPS student who is graduating from secondary school. Applicants generally have many years of participation in competitive Future Problem Solving, often in more than one component. In addition, they have shown exceptional dedication to the program through actions that embody the skills of a creative problem solver and/or support the program in their geographic area.
Applications are due by January 26, 2018.
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2017 Creating the Future Scholarship Recipients
Hannah Hudson, of the New Zealand Affiliate, has participated, coached, evaluated and advocated for FPS for the past several years. She has been a strong advocate for FPS, making many presentations all over New Zealand. In one of her presentations, a TEDx talk, she received a standing ovation. This TEDx talk has been viewed on YouTube over 5000 times. In Hannah’s own words: "I’ve developed confidence to coach, evaluate, advocate for FPS and voice my bold goal to positively change the world. I plan to address challenges posed by Climate Change or Artificial Intelligence through engineering."
FPSPI congratulates Hannah and we wish her the best in her future endeavors.
Liana Merk, of the California Affiliate, has participated in FPS for the past nine years. In her Middle School years, when the students were unable to find a teacher to facilitate the program, Liana became that person! In high school, Liana went on to coach middle school students, evaluate and successfully make a difference in her community by participating in Community Problem Solving. In Liana’s own words, "While I may have frustrated my classmates by reciting the "wrong" alphabet (ABB…), learning the core topics that our world's largest problems are comprised of has nurtured my multifaceted thinking style."
FPSPI congratulates Liana and we wish her the best in her future endeavors.
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