The Competition

The Imagine, Innovate, & Inspire (I³) Competition is a competition for 8th to 12th graders who are passionate   about learning and helping their community. The GHS South Asian Heritage Club (SAHC) is partnering with the Institute for Entrepreneurial Learning (IFEL) to motivate students to effect positive and impactful change within our communities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

This competition will have two categories: practical and concept. Each category will have one winner and win prize money. Teams may be comprised of 3 to 4 members and must have an adult sponsor (teacher or parent).


Each team is expected to apply design thinking skills to solve an issue that falls under our annual theme.        This year, our theme is "What innovation can you create to benefit small businesses in your community?"


For both the high school and middle school divisions, there will be a list of four-five topics that will directly help small businesses to choose from. High school groups will be matched with a small business to develop a product while middle school groups will come up with a concept or a prototype. More information can be found in the sub-tabs of this website.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Participants are allowed to submit their projects to other programs and scholarships opportunities. High school students will need the consent of their small business parter and may need to adapt the project for other competitions. 

The winning practical team will receive a $2,000 prize and the winning concept team will receive $250!

Topics of Focus

Mobile App Creation

High school teams that choose this topic will create a mobile app for the small business. They can use any type of technology to create this, such as the MIT App Inventor.

Social Media

High school participants that choose this topic will create social media platform(s) and/or market it to reach a larger audience. 

Website Creation
or Re-creation

High school participants that choose this topic will work to redesign or create a website for the small business based off the needs of the company. They should try to improve user experience and show how your changes has benefited the company.

Words of Advice from Past Contestants

"Stay organized! It is easy to lose track of time, therefore plan accordingly. Consistent communication is also key to ensuring that you hit reach your goals and the business feels satisfied."

We found a series of scholarships that your experience with the I3 Competition might be helpful for! If you choose to use I3 for these scholarships, please notify the business you worked with to make sure you don't share private information. 


STEM Scholarship Program | Avomeen 

  • Avomeen offers two scholarship programs to assist funding your undergraduate education in a STEM discipline. Scholarships are awarded annually in the amount of $2,500 each.

10x Digital Marketing Scholarship 

  • “10x digital is passionate about nurturing the next generation of digital marketers. In addition to our internship program, we award the 10x digital Marketing Scholarship twice annually. We accept applications with essays for those students who are planning to be enrolled or are currently enrolled in a digital marketing, technology, communications, marketing, business or a related field.”

    • Write a 500-word essay on the following topic: Digital marketing trends are changing the way we market to consumers. In your opinion, which 5 digital marketing trends are paving the way for 2022 and why. Give detailed examples of each. 

    • Separately, include a narrative (2 paragraphs max) of why you are deserving of this scholarship. 

  • Eligibility: high school seniors and undergraduate students

  • Due: June 01, 2022

Valentino DiGiorgio STEAM Scholarship

  • For high school seniors interested in pursuing a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) education in college. Demonstrate your interest by talking about a STEAM related project you have worked on. 

  • Applications open ~March and close at the end of April. 

  • Requires demonstrated financial need.

  • Prize: $2,500.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes 

  • Eligibility: 8-18 years old

  • Prize: $10,000 and multiple winners; Recognition Gifts, Young Heroes Materials, Networking Opportunities, Media Coverage

  • Requirements: Completed Application Form; Project Summary (250 word limit); Project Essay (1,500 word limit); Three Letters of Recommendation; One color photo of the applicant   

House Scholarship Foundation 

  • Eligibility: 9-12 grade

  • Prize: $2,000

  • This year's scholarship is the $2000 House Scholarship Foundation Aspiring Scholars Award, given to students who demonstrate leadership qualities in their community during the Covid-19 crisis. Applicants must be U.S citizens who are currently attending high school. 

Essay Contest — Kaplun Foundation

  • Eligibility: 7-12th graders

  • Prompt for 10-12th graders (Level 2): How does philanthropy improve the world beyond just the direct recipients/beneficiaries?

    • Level 2 entries may not exceed 10,000 characters — approximately 1,500 words.

  • Prize: The first-place winners will be awarded $1,800. The next five winners in each level will receive an award of $500 each. Entrance prizes of $18.00 will be awarded to the first 50 essays received in each level.

Interesting Scholarships