DI Scholarships

Each year, DI offers scholarships for DI participants. Check this page in early 2024 for the next round of opportunities.

The DI Graduate of the Year Award is open to students who are graduating from high school or college/university/trade school in 2022. Applicants should be currently involved in Destination Imagination as a team member or volunteer. One recipient will be selected to receive a $1,500 award.

The Founders Award was established in honor and appreciation of the hundreds of volunteers who came together to make the DI network and community a reality. This award is given annually to the applicant that best exemplifies the spirit of Destination Imagination through volunteering in support of Destination Imagination and its mission and creating impact for the organization and its participants. One recipient will be selected to receive a $1,000 award. Please note that an applicant can only receive the Founders Award once. 

Applications are open to students who are graduating from high school in 2022 or are currently pursuing a post-high school degree in a trade school, community college, or university. They must be accepted at a college/university or other post-secondary educational institution and plan to attend in the 22-23 school year. Applicants must have participated in Destination Imagination as a team member or as a volunteer and be actively involved in Destination Imagination during the 21-22 Challenge season.

Application Materials:

  • Online application form, which includes your contact information and a photo
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Applications for the DI Graduate of the Year must include a creative response to the following questions:
    • How has Destination Imagination affected your life?
    • Why is it important to get others involved in DI?
    • Your creative response can be in whatever medium or format you choose, including but not limited to: an original song, podcast, video presentation, story, poem, essay, website, or any other creative medium
  • Applications for the Founders Award should include an essay (250 words or less) about how the applicant represents the spirit of volunteerism and impact within Destination Imagination.

Scholarship details will be published in January 2024. 

Questions? Contact scholarships@dihq.org.

The MN DI DIstinguished Leader Award

High school teams! This honor was designed to recognize the truly committed individual who has contributed to Minnesota Destination Imagination throughout his or her high school career. This is a self-nominated award, and secondary level MN DI participants who successfully complete the requirements will receive recognition and an award at the Affiliate Tournament. Occasionally, younger teams complete the requirements for this Award.

The DIstinguished Leader Award recognizes high school students’ exceptional dedication, innovation, leadership and performance in service of Minnesota’s  DI program over the course of their high school years. The award requires that students give considerably of their time, skills and creative talent to MN DI. The DIstinguished Leader Award is Minnesota’s highest recognition of superlative teamwork, leadership, and creative problem solving abilities.

Students may self-nominate in their junior or senior year. In order to receive the DIstinguished Leader Award, they must complete all requirements by April. Applications should be in by the beginning of March annually. Junior and seniors who are well on track for this award may include it in their college applications.

Click here for more information and the application form.

Questions? Contact Pamela Schroeder, MN DI Affiliate Director
763-550-7212 or pfschroeder@district287.org.