Scholarship reminder to high school seniors and juniors

Opportunities are out there for millions in scholarships from colleges, universities, and corporations who support FIRST Robotics.

These offer exclusive financial help available only to FIRST team members, giving them a leg up when seeking college funding- whether you plan to attend technical schools or traditional four-year institutions.

  • Most are for use at the specific college or university for example, this year there are eight (8) to Drexel University in Philadelphia, three (3) to Fairleigh-Dickinson in New Jersey, one to Penn State and twenty (20) to Rochester Institute of Technology, New York.
  • There are full tuition scholarships, such as to Northeastern or MIT both in Massachusetts.
  • Some can be used at any school, like the ASME Auxiliary Lucy and Charles W. E. Clarke Scholarship FIRST® Scholarship  or the Bart Kamen Memorial FIRST Scholarship Fund.
  • About 35% of FIRST Scholarships can be used for any course of study, not just engineering, such as Portland State in Oregon or University of Rochester in New York.


Application deadlines vary, but some are as early as December. Be sure to ask your FRC or FTC coach if you need a letter of support.

Learn more about these and MANY others here–


MOE 365 jumps in to meet new challenge

Here are a few scenes from the FRC team MOE365 meeting last Saturday, January 9 at DuPont’s Chestnut Run work site. Like others around the world, they gathered to view kickoff video from FIRST world headquarters, then jumped in to begin brainstorming potential strategies and robot designs.

  • (Left) MOE students watching a broadcast of the FIRST kickoff, showing Dean Kamen talking with students in Manchester, NH.
  • (Right) MOE students acting out the roles of robots in a simulated match to help the team understand how the game works.


The 2016 challenge has a medieval theme and name: FIRST Stronghold, and the kickoff video spoofed genre films and television shows– complete with catapulted “animals” and tower-climbing robots. Learn more about FRC here or watch the same animation video below.