The “Creating the Future” scholarship was established in 2010 in honor of Dr. E. Paul Torrance, creativity guru and founder of Future Problem Solving Program. FPS is an international competitive program in which students apply a problem solving process to situations involving global issues, to current issues in schools and communities, and to visions of the future through storytelling. The scholarship recognizes a current FPS student who is graduating from secondary school. Applicants generally have many years of participation in competitive Future Problem Solving, often in more than one component. In addition, they have shown exceptional dedication to the program through actions that embody the skills of a creative problem solver and/or support the program in their geographic area.Now accepting applications for the 2017 Creating the Future Scholarship .
Applications are due by January 27, 2017.
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The 2016 Creating the Future Scholarship winner is Cole Cunningham a student at Danville High School, Danville, Illinois. A participant since sixth grade, Cole has participated on Community Problem Solving Teams to address Shaken Baby Syndrome, pill disposal, bullying, veteran assimilation into the community, and the stigma of mental illness. Several of these teams incorporated the collaboration with students from Australia. Cole writes, “I participated in FPS in middle school and was infatuated with the program because of its life lessons and opportunities that it provided. The most poignant skill that I have learned from the program is the ability to utilize the community and its resources.”
The Mayor of Danville Scott Eisenhauer writes, “I cannot think of anyone better suited to represent the spirit of Future Problem Solvers. Dr. Torrance once said, ‘Outstanding creative achievement involves being different, testing know limits, attempting difficult jobs, making honest mistakes and responding to challenge.’ I believe Mr. Cole Cunningham to be an outstanding representative of your organizations.”
FPSPI congratulates Cole and wishes him the best in his future endeavors.