Principals' Memo #1020-12

Department of Education

October 18, 2012

TO:  Principals

FROM:  Linda M. Wallinger, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

SUBJECT:  Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation Call for Nominations for the 2012-2013 Christopher Columbus Awards

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, is an independent Federal government agency created by Congress in 1992 to encourage and support research, study, and labor designed to produce new discoveries in all fields of endeavor.

Now in its 17th year, the Christopher Columbus Awards, a free program that challenges middle school students to explore opportunities for positive change in their communities, announces the Call for Entries for the 2012-2013 school year.  Teams of up to four students and a coach identify a community issue and use the scientific process to solve it.  Finalist teams win an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World® where they attend the Christopher Columbus Academy and compete for gold medals, cash prizes, and the $25,000 Columbus Foundation Community Grant.

In its 16 years, the program has attracted over 20,000 “everyday” students from all across the United States, and appeals to educators who are increasingly looking to develop critical STEM skills in students while meeting state and federal standards.  The program:

The Christopher Columbus Awards program is free to enter.  For more information, visit  Coaches may be teachers, parents, community leaders, or mentors.  Teams do not need to be affiliated with a school to enter.  The deadline for receipt of 2012-2013 entries is Monday, February 4, 2013.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Hallman, at the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, by e-mail at or by telephone at 800-291-6020 ext. 3154.