Fenn Academy - Engineering Small Grants Program

Small Grants Program 2014 - 2015
Fenn Academy

Apply By: Monday, September 15, 2014
Funds Awarded By: Monday, October 13, 2014


Fenn Academy Engineering Small Grants are intended to support 9th – 12th grade teachers, counselors or administrators in their efforts to develop, improve or expand innovative instructional programs, projects, competitions or activities in engineering related areas.  Grants from $500 to $1,500 each will be awarded to Fenn Academy partner high schools beginning in the 2014-2015 academic school year.


Applicants must be high school teachers, counselors or administrators at public, private or charter high schools that are current Fenn Academy Program partners. For partnership information call (216) 687-5272.


Eligible Fenn Academy Small Grants requests include activities that:

  • Provide high school students with appropriate opportunities to grow an innate interest in engineering
  • Provide demonstrable development opportunities for high school students, teachers or counselors
  • Develop, improve or expand resources and/or curriculum available in math, science or pre-engineering classrooms or other learning environments like engineering clubs. Equipment requests will only be considered if the equipment can be shown to be integrated into an overall pre-engineering education effort.
  • Ensure students have the core competencies needed to pursue a career or degree in an engineering field.
  • Strengthen and expand opportunities for students to experience engineering in an after school setting.
  • Provide engineering related activities that support students’ application of engineering concepts to real world applications
  • Increase the number and types of opportunities for students, teachers or counselors to get to know real-life individuals in engineering careers, thereby making the field more accessible.
  • Link secondary education with post-secondary career and technical education programs.


  • The grant proposal must be competitive and not exceed the available funds.
  • The grant will be subject to committee review.
  • The grant must “make the case” for the proposed project


Fenn Academy Small Grants requests should include the following components:
  • Essay (Max. 500 words) : A statement of need that clearly shows how the project will increase student participation and interest in engineering.
  • Activities (Max. 500 words) : Innovative activities designed to increase interest in and knowledge of engineering. Activities should be fun, inquiry based, hands-on and easily understood by student participants.
  • Evidence (Max. 100 words) : Evidence of collaboration with at least one of the following (Check all related boxes on the application page)–
    1. Another teacher, counselor or administrator in your school, within your district or with a school that partners with you in STEM activities even if it is in another district.
    2. CSU’s Washkewicz College of Engineering
    3. A state-wide, regional or national program like Project Lead the Way, FIRST Robotics, VEX Robotics, etc.
    4. An engineering firm and/or individual an engineer.
    5. A community based non-profit organization that provides STEM education to high school age students, like College Now, Upward Bound, the ACE Mentoring Program, etc.
These components must be submitted with the application by utilizing the provided fields on the form. All applications must be submitted electronically. The link to the application is under the TO APPLY section of this page.


Upto 5 grants between $500 and $2,000 may be awarded to support projects in eligible categories. Each teacher, counselor or administrator may only receive one grant per academic school year. Funds will be paid directly to an organization’s budget manager or principal at a Fenn Academy partner high school and may be used ONLY for the specified/approved project. Funds awarded must be used within one year of the date of issue. Potential or actual funding recipients must agree to preliminary and/or follow up site visits, with sufficient notice, by the funding providers from the Fenn Academy and CSU’s Washkewicz College of Engineering to verify the appropriate use of grant funds. Receipts for purchases must be kept on file by the responsible and identified grant recipient and be available for review, along with any items purchased with grant funds. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in the denial of future funding, as well as further inquiries into the use of funds.


All applications will be reviewed by a Fenn Academy committee based on the following criteria:

(The following information must be included in your essay on the application form.)

  • The extent to which measurable goals, objectives and activities meet identified needs, enhance student/faculty performance and ultimately encourage preparation for an engineering undergraduate program and future engineering career.
  • The extent to which the program design and activities are deemed innovative, challenging and appropriate to the purpose of the Fenn Academy Small Grants Program and are likely to have a measurable and effective impact on students.


Fenn Academy partner high schools must complete the Fenn Academy Small Grant Application. Incomplete or late applications or those that fall outside of the scope of eligible projects will not be considered.

All applications must be submitted electronically.




For questions or more information please call Gregg Schoof, Manager of Engineering Student Programs, at (216) 687-5272 or email g.schoof@csuohio.edu.


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Mailing Address
Washkewicz College of Engineering
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Ave., FH 104
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214
Campus Location
Fenn Hall Room 104
1980 East 24th Street
Phone: 216.687.2555
Fax: 216.687.9280
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