Memorial fund offering grant funds to young innovators
Most high school and college campuses are now closed. Most students are stuck at home, often filling the hours with TikTok and other social media outlets. But for young people ages 16-25 who have a new idea or dream they are trying to pursue, there is now an opportunity to apply for a grant to make those ideas and dreams a reality.
The nonprofit Hunter Brooks Watson Memorial Fund offers competitive grants from $500 to $5,000. Its focus is on providing financial assistance to help passionate young people further their interests and innovative ideas in fields such as the performing arts, technology, music and entrepreneurship.
The fund is currently accepting applications for the next grant cycle. Applications can be submitted online until June 15. There is no application fee or any other cost for applicants. Applicants need not be in high school or college, only to have demonstrated enthusiasm and passion in developing a new idea or business.
To date, the fund has helped more than 40 young people expand online businesses, finance music production facilities, attend international relations conferences, develop new social media apps, and undertake a variety of other innovative programs. It provides direct grants to help finance the projects, and also offers mentoring support to help move the awarded projects forward.
The fund was created in honor of Hunter Brooks Watson, a young man who was tragically killed as a passenger in a distracted driving accident prior to entering his junior year at Syracuse University. Its funding focus is inspired by Watson’s talents and accomplishments in music, performing, starting a business and computer technology.
For more information or to apply, visit www.hunterwatson.org.