The Botball® Scholarship Policy applies to teams requesting funding directly through Botball®. Teams receiving funding through other companies or organizations need not participate in this process.
Botball® is a program of the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics(KIPR), and KIPR actively recruits corporate sponsors in an effort to keep registration fees down and to provide financial assistance to potential Botball® teams. Scholarships are limited and depend on available sponsors. We do not guarantee that we will be able to offer scholarships in all regions where Botball® tournaments are held, nor do we guarantee that teams receiving scholarships in previous seasons will receive funds again or in the same amount.
In an effort to include as many schools as possible, it is our policy to give scholarships in small amounts to several schools rather then large amounts to few schools. In addition, new teams will typically receive priority.
We expect that teams will develop their own strategies for funding Botball and will apply for Botball® scholarships for no more then three consecutive years.
All scholarship awards are given in the form of a fee waiver.
Scholarships will be awarded in amounts no greater than $1,500 for returning teams and $2,000 for new teams. Awards will be based on competitive evaluation of applications using the following criteria:
Apply by the initial review date of [DATES POSTED AFTER GCER] to receive early confirmation of a scholarship award. All applications submitted by this date will have a response by [DATES POSTED AFTER GCER].
If you miss the initial deadline you can still submit an application! Applications received after this initial deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and funding will be awarded based on remaining availability. A response can be expected anytime up to 15 days after the date of submission. As long as funding permits, scholarships may be granted all the way up until 2 weeks before a teams region’s Botball® Educator’s Workshop. We cannot guarantee that funds will be available for each consecutive regional tournament, so you are encouraged to establish your own sources of funding and apply for scholarship early. KISS Institute Scholarships are designed for teams who have tried to raise their own funds but fall short of the full registration fee.
You will receive an automatically generated email within 24 hours confirming that your scholarship application was submitted. If you do not get an email confirmation then your application was not received. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us directly at (405) 579-4609.