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–


2016 Scholarship awarded

The 2016 winner of the John A. Larock, Sr. Memorial Scholarship is James Garcia.  MOE FRC (FIRST ROBOTICS Challenge) team leader, John Larock said, “His demonstration of hard work and Gracious Professionalism was outstanding, so much so that he became the go-to student on the programming team and was an important member in our mentor-selected pit crew.”

James will be a senior this fall at The Charter School of Wilmington.  This is his first year on the MOE FRC team. James received an award certificate and $100 toward his team travel expenses next year. Congratulations, James!
Established in 2015 in honor of the late John Larock, Sr., the scholarship is awarded to a MOE student who best exemplifies characteristics of Mr. Larock, Sr.- a strong work ethic and gracious professionalism.

Axalta FTC scholarship awarded

Photo: Axalta

Axalta awards Georgia Mackay, Newark High School senior and MOE robotics team member, the Axalta First State Robotics Scholarship. Left to right, Michael Mackay-Georgia’s father, Georgia Mackay and Axalta’s Lisa Miree-Luke. Photo: Axalta


Georgia Mackay, Newark High School senior, was named 2016 recipient of Axalta’s First State Robotics Scholarship last week (February 6) at the 2016 Diamond State FIRST Tech Challenge Championship. Mackay was selected for her scholastic achievement, dedication and excellent contributions to the Miracles of Engineering (MOE) robotics team. She plans to attend the University of Delaware this fall to study engineering.

“Axalta is happy to support such a talented group of young men and women,” said Lisa Miree-Luke, Axalta’s Head of Corporate Affairs, North America.  “These bright minds are the engineers and scientists of tomorrow.  We are pleased to support the organization that helps these kids unleash their potential and encourage students to take advantage of life’s opportunities.”

FSR Board president, Peggy Vavalla, congratulated Georgia and praised her success. “It is exciting to see a young woman like her strive to become a leader in the engineering fields. In addition, I would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Axalta for their continued involvement. Their support helps us to bring programs like FTC to the Delaware community.”

Axalta’s sponsorship was recognized by a “thumbs-up” in Saturday, February 13, editorial in Delaware News Journal.