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DELCAPS Scholarship and Awards

OMER's Award
The OMER's Award is given to teams and individuals for showing Odyssey spirit. This includes teams and team members, or anyone involved with World Finals. It can be someone who showed some type of artistic talent, good sportsmanship, teamwork, or even for going beyond expectations to help others. An OMER's Award is given to anyone who serves as an outstanding example of Odyssey spirit through their words or actions.

It can be given to coaches, team members, parents, officials, or others who serve as positive examples or role models by their actions and words or to team members who exhibit exceptional skill, as opposed to creativity.

Ranatra Fusca Award

The Ranatra Fusca Award, named for the water strider insect, promotes and recognizes exceptional creativity. This award representsthe essence of the Odyssey of the Mind program. The Ranatra Fusca Award is given to teams or individuals who display tremendous creativity at competition. This award serves as an incentive for risk-taking and out-of-the-box thinking for Odyssey participants.

Ranatra Fusca is the term for a classification of water insects. Although this may seem like a remote association to creative thinking, it is not as far off as it sounds. When our founder, Dr. Sam Micklus gave his college students an assignment to create a flotation device to transport themselves across a pond, one student designed a water strider-like contraption. This contraption did not solve the problem because of its inability to maintain proper balance. Even though the first attempt at the device did not work properly, the idea was exceptionally creative.

The Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award represents the essence of the Odyssey of the Mind program. It is presented to teams OR individuals who exhibit exceptional creativity either in some aspect of the problem solution, their behavior, or through an extraordinary idea beyond the problem solution.

A successful solution to the problem is not a criterion for winning the award; rather, the award is a way to acknowledge and encourage creative thinking and risk taking. Many Omers and coaches regard the Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award as being equal to, or more prestigious then winning a first place trophy.

This is why a team that is willing to take a risk or be exceptionally creative, and is awarded the Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award at the State Competition will also win the right to advance to World Competition along with first place winners.

DELCAPS and COU Scholarship

DELCAPS Scholarship
2017 DELCAPS Scholarship Application

Nominations should be submitted to:
Bill Hill
DELCAPS Scholarship Committee Chairperson
505 Woodlawn Avenue
Newark, DE  19711-5537


Creative Opportunities Unlimited Scholarship
Form is found on the COU website: www.creativeopportunities.org.


Nominations should be submitted to:
Creative Opportunities Unlimited, Inc.
Attn: Dan Semenza
1204 La Paloma Place
Lady Lake, FL 32159
By email: MAGICENTER@aol.com

DELCAPS and COU Scholarship

 

scholarship

2017 DELCAPS Scholarship - Winner
LIA COMBS from Charter School of Wilmington


Eligibility Requirements:
1. Applicant must be a graduating Delaware high school senior in the Class of 2018.
2. Applicant must have participated on a Delaware Odyssey of the Mind team at least one year during 9th through 12th grade at a Delaware high school.
3. Applicant's participation in the Odyssey of the Mind program must be verifiable.

*Project must be fully completed by the scholarship applicant; no outside assistance is allowed.

2018 DELCAPS Scholarship Application

Application Deadline:
Applications and project submission postmarked by March 15, 2018 to:

Bill Hill
DELCAPS Scholarship Committee Chairperson
505 Woodlawn Avenue
Newark, DE 19711-5537

Completed applications and project submissions will be evaluated by the DELCAPS Scholarship Committee similar to the Style component of an Odyssey of the Mind competition.

Completed applications and project submission will be evaluated by the DELCAPS Scholarship Committee similar to the Style component of an Odyssey of the Mind competition.  A single winner for the 2018 Scholarship for $1,000 will be selected and announced at the Delaware State Finals on March 24, 2018.

Questions about the scholarship can be directed to bchill2@verizon.net.


Previous Scholarship Winners

  • 1999 –
  • 2000 –
  • 2001 –
  • 2002 –
  • 2003 –
  • 2004 –
  • 2005 –
  • 2006 –
  • 2007 –
  • 2008 –
  • 2009 –Rachel Southmayd
  • 2010 –none
  • 2011 –
  • 2012 – Rebecca Southmayd
  • 2013 – Rebecca Engler-Charter School of Wilmington
  • 2014 – Joshua Combs- Charter School of Wilmington
  • 2015 – Moushmi Patel, THE CHARTER SCHOOL OF WILMINGTON
  • 2016 – DESIDERIO PILLA from Conrad School of Science
  • 2017 – Lia Combs, THE CHARTER SCHOOL OF WILMINGTON

National scholarships are available from Creative Opportunities Unlimited (COU). Creative Opportunities Unlimited (COU) is an independent non-profit, tax-exempt corporation that rewards students who have demonstrated creative problem-solving skills, good sportsmanship, perseverance and teamwork. COU invites Odyssey of the Mind participants to apply for scholarships each year. Winners of the scholarships will be announced on the COU web site.