Disney Dreamers Academy Essay Contest

This is an excellent example of a successful relationship we have secured in the past – Schwab Foundation worked with Disney to bring a new, exciting experience to high school students in northeast Indiana. The Disney Dreamers Academy offered an opportunity for students to participate in their 2012 Disney Dreamers Academy. One hundred winners were  selected to attend the workshop. As one of the winners of the contest, that student was part of an immersive four-day program at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida in March 2012. The Schwab Foundation partnered with Disney to fund the communication effort in this area.

What exactly happens at the Disney Dreamers Academy? An all-star lineup of entertainment and sports figures, motivational speakers and world-class business professionals headlines more than 20 personalized and interactive “Deep Dive” educational workshops that allow the students to become fully immersed in various career experiences.

Students are required to complete three essays answering these three questions:

Essay I Question: If you were asked by Steve Harvey to tell your story, what would your story be?
Essay II Question: Describe an experience or person in your life that had a big impact on you. Discuss the experience and how it has affected your goals for the future. Describe how you would be different if this experience or person was not a part of your life.
Essay III Question: What are your dreams after high school? How will Disney’s Dreamers Academy help to make those dreams come true?

Schwab funded informational packets that were given to area high schools in Allen, Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wells and Whitley counties. Packets were also given to several non-profits that serve high school youth. The essays were due to Disney by October 31. Winners will be announced in December. We eagerly wait to hear whether a NE Indiana student was selected as one of the 100 essay contest winners.

CyberPatriot Cyber Defense Competition

The Foundation funded participation opportunities for Northeast Indiana in the CyberPatriot National High School Cyber Defense Competition. CyberPatriot is the premier national high school cyber defense competition created to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The competition was conceived by the Air Force Association, and national outreach was made possible by Northrop Grumman.

The Foundation partnered with the NE IN Air Force Association Chapter to visit area high schools to explain the competition and sign up teams. Five teams are representing NE Indiana:

  1. Anthis Career Center – Allen County
  2. Auburn Cadet Squadron (Civil Air Patrol) – DeKalb County
  3. Bellmont High School in Decatur – Adams County
  4. Garrett High School – DeKalb County
  5. The Howe School (Army Junior ROTC) – LaGrange County

Throughout October and November, online competition was held. The final Championship round was held in Washington, D.C. in March 2012.