What We Do

 

In 2015 we launched a new Bright Minds named scholarship program. Our board drafted eiligibility requirements and created an application process.  We solicited one application from each of the Howard County High Schools and convened an awards commitee to review them.  We will give our award winner $1000 per year for up to four years of full time attendance at an institute of higher education. 

Congratulations to our 2015 Scholarship Award Winner Anna Hwang of Hammond High School who will be attending Yale University in the Fall!

Our second runner up was Mikayla Johnson of Marriott's Ridge HS.  We presented her with a laptop and printer.

Bright MInds is proud to support these very accomplished students and to help them make their dreams a reality!

Donate to our scholarship program!  We are also available to discuss helping a community member set up a scholarship through our organization.

COMPUTERS FOR STUDENTS

The Bright Minds Foundation works with HCPSS to identify students around the county who do not have access to computers in their homes. The Foundation then provides refurbished, Internet ready, laptops to give to these students. Included in each student's package are also flash drives and security software.. Students and a parent attend a training session to learn how to set up and use their equipment, and at the end of the session, they take the computer home with them.  We have donated 1240 computers to families to date and plan to continue the program into the near future.  We have distributed almost 500 netbooks donated to us by HCPSS to middle school students during the past two years as well as several hundred refurbished laptops for our high school students.  With new funding from the Kahlert Foundation, we also launched a pilot program to give out new chromebooks to selected high school students in school year 2016/2017.  After reporting the success of the pilot, we received enough funding to provide 100 more Chromebooks during school year 2017/2018.

STAFF AND TEACHER GRANTS

Bright Minds supports educational innovation by awarding grants to HCPSS staff and teachers via our yearly application process.  We release application information and due dates to staff yearly and send out an announcement.  Grant amounts range from $500-$2000.  for more details on the program, please see our Grant History page.  Applications are solicited once per year;  announcements will be made via the HCPSS Staff Hub and on Bright MInds website and newsletters.

THE 3rd ANNUAL STRUTTING WITH THE STAFF CONTEST WAS HELD AT JIM ROUSE THEATER ON 3/22/17

We sincerely thank our sponsors, emcee, judges, volunteers, and especially our dancers!