Christopher Columbus Fellowship Program
To encourage and support research, study, and labor designed to produce new discoveries in all fields of endeavor for the benefit of mankind.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 11/01/2009 (Archived.)
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS FELLOWSHIP FOUNDATION
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants; Direct Payments for Specified Use; Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use.
In 2002, the Foundation awarded four $50,000 Frank Annunzio Awards for "cutting edge" innovation. Two $50,000 awards were presented in the Arts/Humanities/Humanitarian field, and two $50,000 awards were presented in the Science/Technology field. The Columbus Scholars in the Arts/Humanities/Humanitarian field were: Dr. James C. Cobey, M.D., M.P.H., Orthopaedic Surgeon, Washington, D.C., for his lifelong dedication to humanitarian causes and his professional medical expertise in orthopaedics to help thousands of children, patients, landmine and war victims worldwide; and Dr. William P. Magee Jr., D.D.S., M.D., CEO and Co-Founder, Operation Smile, Inc., Norfolk, VA for providing reconstructive surgery and related health care to indigent children and young adults in developing countries and the United States. The Columbus Scholars in the Science/ Technology field were: M. Ian Phillips, Ph.D., University of Florida, College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL, for his gene therapy research leading to new gene "vigilant vectors" that provide cardioprotective genes to reduce heart damage from repeated attacks, and could be applied to treatment of other chronic diseases such as diabetes, stroke and lung disease; and Ray Wu, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, for his DNA sequence analysis discoveries and subsequent development of techniques to produce drought- and salt- tolerant transgenic rice plants to increase production of all major cereal crops, which is crucial for third world countries. The $25,000 Columbus Foundation Community Grant went to a team of students from Minocqua-Hazelhurst and Lake Tomahawk Elementary School for their environmental action plan to stop the spread of Eurasian Water Milfoil, a fast-growing weed that is choking lakes all across the country, stunting tourism, fishing and boating, and threatening lake ecology. The inductees in the National Gallery for America's Young Inventors must have won a national invention competition, hold a patent or have a product on the national market. The 2002 inductees were: Anthony D. Jarecki, the Easy Lift Trash Can; Gabe Klapman and Peter Alexander Lee, Big Array System; Ryan Patterson, The American Sign Language Translator; Ezra Jacob Rapoport, A Speech Compression Engine Based on Principal Component Analysis; Harris Sokoloff, Heads Up (Headphone Emergency Alert Defense System); and Lisa Marie Wright; Auto-Off Candle. The third Freida J. Riley Teacher Award was presented to Amy Dunaway-Haney, a Spanish teacher at Kettering Fairmont High School, Kettering, OH. Amy was diagnosed at 8 years of age with Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy, a degenerative muscle disease, and had to overcome the challenges of her disease and the discouragement of some professors to achieve her dream of becoming a teacher. Amy's desire is to broaden her students' perspectives and inspire them to appreciate and make the most of the opportunities they have.
Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Coins and Fellowship Foundation, Public Law 102-281, Title IV, 106 Stat. 139-145, 20 U.S.C. 5701-5708.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
United States citizens may apply.
United States citizens will benefit.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
In order to fulfill its mission, the Foundation has developed a Frontiers of Discovery program. WORK IN PROGRESS - The Foundation will present four $50,000 Frank Annunzio Awards to living Americans whose "cutting edge" innovations will lead to creative work, process, product or other achievement that will have a significant and beneficial impact on society. Two $50,000 awards will be presented to individuals in the Arts/Humanities/Humanitarian field, and two $50,000 awards to individuals in the Science/Technology field. All nominations will be received online. DISCOVER THE FUTURE - The Future program is accomplished through three separate programs. 1) Christopher Columbus Awards - The Christopher Columbus Awards is a national competition which asks sixth through eighth grade students to identify a problem in their community and then solve it using science and technology. The program is designed to foster curiosity, creativity and critical thinking skills in youth with diverse backgrounds, interests and abilities. The students work in teams of three to four. The teams' entries are reviewed by a regional panel of judges who select 30 semi-finalist teams. The finalist judging selects ten finalist teams to compete in the national finals. The national judging is held at Walt Disney World Resorts(r), Orlando, FL. In addition, the finalists attend the Christopher Columbus Academy, a custom-designed program that takes the kids through a one-of-a-kind educational experience. Also, one of the teams wins the $25,000 Columbus Foundation Community Grant to take back to their community to make their idea a reality. This program is sponsored by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation. The program is managed by Media Management Services, Inc., 105 Terry Drive, Newtown, PA 18940, Attn: Nanette Reed. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. 2) National Gallery for America's Young Inventors - The Christopher Columbus Foundation is affiliated with the Partnership for America's Future, Inc. and sponsors the National Gallery for America's Young inventors. The purpose of the National Gallery is to "celebrate the learning, insight, creativity and workmanship of America's student inventors by recognizing and preserving their accomplishments for the inspiration of future generations." The National Gallery inducts up to six student inventors annually to honor their creative innovation. In order to be considered for induction, each entrant must be a winner of a national invention competition, a patent holder or have a product on the national market. All entrants must be American citizens between the ages of 6 to 19. Entries are judged by a national Student Board of Directors. The program is operated by the Partnership for America's Future, Inc., 80 West Bowery Street, Suite 305, Akron, OH 44308, Attn: Gay Evans. 3) $10,000 Freida J. Riley Teacher Award - The Freida J. Riley Teacher Award is another program sponsored by the Foundation through the Partnership for America's Future. The purpose of the Award is to identify and reward an American teacher who "has overcame tremendous adversity, or made an enormous sacrifice in order to positively impact students." The award is limited to any certified classroom teacher who is presently teaching, or has previously taught full-time (grades K-12), in an accredited U.S. public, private, or charter school. The award will be presented to a teacher who "is working with a physical disability; is dealing with an especially challenging educational environment, or has performed a heroic act for his/her students." The award will not be given posthumously. The program is managed by the Partnership for America's Future, Inc., 80 West Bowery Street, Suite 305, Akron, OH 44308, Attn: Gay Evans.
WORK IN PROGRESS - The Frank Annunzio Awards - The winners of the Frank Annunzio Awards must be living Americans whose "cutting edge" innovations will lead to creative work, process, product, or other achievement that will make a significant and beneficial impact on society. Only nominations in the field of Arts/Humanities/Humanitarian and Science/Technology will be accepted. All nominations are received online. The deadline for entries is April 30, 2003. DISCOVER THE FUTURE - Christopher Columbus Awards - Entries will be accepted from all 50 States, territories and possessions. All team entries must consist of a Christopher Columbus Awards Entry form (signed by the team members and the coach), a team-written section and the visual component. To enter, mail an original and two copies of the team's community solution to: Christopher Columbus Awards, 105 Terry Drive, Suite 120, Newtown, PA 18940. The deadline for the 2003 competition is January 31, 2003. National Gallery for America's Young Inventors - An entrant must be a winner of a national invention competition, a patent holder or have a product on the national market. All entrants must be American citizens between the ages of 6 to 19. Entries may be submitted to Partnership for America's Future, Inc., 80 West Bowery Street, Suite 305, Akron, OH 44308. The deadline for the 2003 competition is January 15, 2003. $10,000 Freida J. Riley Teacher Award - The Freida J. Riley Teacher Award is limited to any certified classroom teacher who is presently teaching, or has previously taught full-time (grades K-12), in an accredited U.S. public, private, or charter school. The award will be presented to a teacher "working with a physical disability, dealing with an especially challenging educational environment, or who has performed a heroic act for his/her students." The award will not be given posthumously. The deadline for entries is March 3, 2003. Send applications to Partnership for America's Future, Inc., 80 West Bowery Street, Suite 305, Akron, Ohio 44308.
WORK IN PROGRESS - Frank Annunzio Awards - All entries are screened by the Board of Trustees of the Christopher Columbus Foundation and a national Evaluation Committee. The Awards will be presented on October 13, 2003. DISCOVER THE FUTURE - The Christopher Columbus Awards has three judging phases. The finals and the Christopher Columbus Academy are held at the Walt Disney World Resorts, Orlando, FL, from June 20-26, 2003. National Gallery for America's Young Inventors - Inductees are chosen by a Student Board of Directors and will be honored at a banquet on May 3, 2003 in Akron, OH. Freida J. Riley Teacher Award - Applications are evaluated by a panel of national judges. The award will be presented on May 1, 2002, in Washington, D.C.
Contact the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation for deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Assistance is intended for the advancement of programs and individuals that pursue new discoveries.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Judith M. Shellenberger, Executive Director, 110 Genesee Street, Suite 390, Auburn, New York 13021. Telephone: (315) 258-0090. Fax: (315) 258-0093.
(Grants) FY 02 $930,000; FY 03 $727,500; and FY 04 est $1,000,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$10,000 to $50,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects