FAQ 7. Transferring schools with a FIRST Scholarship

So, now you’re in college, you thought you picked the perfect school, but then something changed. Maybe the school isn't a good fit; maybe you found a new passion and want to change your major; maybe you started college at a 2-year institution and you want to continue on; maybe there are financial reasons for your need to transfer; maybe I  should stop guessing! No matter why, if you do choose to transfer colleges, the process can be daunting and exciting, and we want that to be as smooth of a transition as possible for you.

As far as your FIRST Scholarship goes:

Mentor Monday - December 22, 2014

Today’s Mentor Monday blog post comes to us from Claire Stuckey, an alumna and former mentor of FRC Team 1024 and current mentor of FRC Team 4234.

We’d like you to write a blog post about your journey to the current point in your career. What were the most important steps that you took? Were there influential people or events along the way?

About the Game Hint

This is a blog about a game hint. It’s not a game hint itself.

Our friends at FRC Top 25 contacted us a few weeks ago and said how cool it would be if they could build a show around a game hint. We thought it would be cool too. After some back and forth about how we could get it to work, here’s the deal:

FAQ 6. Scholarships as an Alumni Benefit

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The FIRST Scholarship Program is the backbone of the FIRST Alumni Programs. Although the majority of FIRST Scholarships require applications during a Participants Senior year, when an applicant is still an active FIRST Participant (or Rising Alum), the benefits are gained once the applicant is an alum.

67% of the current 2015 FIRST Scholarship Opportunities are renewable over multiple years, but only 8 of the current Scholarship Providers allow first-time applicants to apply after they have already become a college student.

FAQ 5. Scholarships for FIRST Tech Challenge Participants

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Scholarships available to FIRST Tech Challenge Participants are a subset of the total FIRST Scholarships being made available; currently for the 2015 Scholarship Program that’s 130 Providers making available over $15 million in Scholarships to Participants in FIRST Tech Challenge.

New Motor Controllers – 2015 Legality

As mentioned in this blog, we said we’d notify the community before Kickoff if the Victor SP and Talon SRX motor controllers from VEX Robotics and Cross the Road Electronics will be legal for 2015. After review by the 2015 Control System Development Team and the 2015 Beta Teams, we’ve determined that these controllers will be legal for 2015. 

Fundraising Updates – SlingShot and Bulbs


We’ve got some updates on the SlingShot film fundraiser, which I talked about here and here

Software Downloads and Administrative Manual Release

We want to tell you about some software downloads that are available to you right now that can help you be ready for Kickoff.

FAQ 4. When to apply

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FIRST Scholarships Applications

We get a lot of questions about when to apply for FIRST Scholarships – especially from younger Team Members. The VAST majority of FIRST Scholarships require that a Participant submits their application during his/her senior year of high school. There are, however a few FIRST Scholarship Providers who accept applications during an applicant’s junior year, and even more importantly, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute requires that an applicant apply during their junior year.