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Semiconductor Research Corp unveils 2024 Research Call, $13.8M Funding

DURHAM, NC, April 10, 2024 — Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), a premier research and workforce development consortium, is announcing the start of solicitation season with $13.8 million in funding opportunities. Calls for research will begin in early April and will run through June. Research programs releasing solicitations include Nanomanufacturing Materials and Processes (Apr 10); Packaging + Center for Heterogenous Integration Research in Packaging (Apr 10); Hardware Security (May 7); Computer-Aided Design and Test (May 7); and Environment, Safety, and Health (May 7). Details and submission information will be available at beginning April 10, 2024.

Research ideas selected for 3-year projects should align with the Microelectronics and Advanced Packaging Technologies (MAPT) Roadmap. Building upon the 2030 Decadal Plan for Semiconductors, the MAPT Roadmap serves as a guiding light for initiatives such as the National Semiconductor Technology Center, the National Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program, and SMART USA Institute, the industry-led CHIPS Manufacturing USA Institute bid. Both the Decadal Plan and the MAPT Roadmap are the results of collaboration between hundreds of industry and academic experts. By aligning our research call to the MAPT Roadmap, we ensure that selected research proposals address topics of utmost importance to the semiconductor industry.

Along with creating critical, industry-relevant technology, these calls will fund degrees for between 50 to 100 student scholars of diverse ethnicity, gender, and geography. The semiconductor industry is facing a severe talent shortfall in coming years. While SRC programs have prepared 20% of all semiconductor Ph.D. in the United States, we are committed to growing our student base by fostering a balanced mix of bachelors, masters, and Ph.D.-level grads while helping students of all backgrounds to feel comfortable and safe pursuing their chosen career. SRC welcomes submissions from US and international colleges and universities that sponsor bachelor’s degrees to postdocs. SRC members include global leaders in the semiconductor industry who are committed to investing in revolutionary research, a more diverse and inclusive community, and a long-term, worldwide outlook for sustainability. Learn more at

About SRC

Semiconductor Research Corporation (, a world-renowned, high technology-based consortium, serves as a crossroads of collaboration between technology companies, academia, government agencies, and SRC’s highly regarded engineers and scientists. Through its interdisciplinary research programs, SRC plays an indispensable role in addressing global challenges, using research and development strategies, and advanced tools and technologies. Members of SRC work synergistically together, gain access to research results, fundamental IP, and highly experienced students to compete in the global marketplace and build the workforce of tomorrow.

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Charles River Associates Opens Second Scholarship Cycle, Expands to the UK

Scholarship program will award $5,000 to twelve students pursuing degrees in Business, Economics and STEM

BOSTON, MA (March 22, 2024) – Charles River Associates (CRA), a leading provider of economic, financial and management consulting services, this week announced the opening of the 2024-25 CRA All-Access Scholarship. CRA will award $5,000 scholarships to twelve students for their junior year in the United States or final year in the United Kingdom.

Part of the company’s All-Access Initiative – which champions the importance of higher education, particularly within traditionally underserved communities – the All-Access Scholarship Program is a talent development pipeline program that seeks to support female students and students from socioeconomically-challenging backgrounds pursuing degrees in Business, Economics, or STEM fields. Originally launched in 2023 for U.S.-based applicants only, the program marks its second year with an expansion to the UK through CRA’s partnership with SEO London.

“This expansion represents a significant step forward in our journey towards fostering inclusion and empowerment,” said Raquel Tamez, CRA’s Chief Inclusion and Engagement Officer. “By investing in the potential of these future leaders, we are not only creating opportunities for individual growth but also driving positive change on a broader scale.”

“To all applicants for this year’s round of scholarships, I encourage you to seize this opportunity and submit your applications. Your determination and drive are the cornerstones of our program’s success, and we look forward to welcoming the next cohort of inspiring scholars,” said Tamez. “Together, let us continue to champion the values of inclusion and empowerment as we work towards a brighter and more inclusive future for all.”

Applicants in the United States must be current, full-time college sophomores attending an accredited college/university and majoring in Business, Economics, or STEM with an overall GPA of 3.5. Ideal candidates will have a record of leadership and community service, exhibit financial need, and demonstrate a commitment to inclusion and empowerment.

The deadline to apply for the 2024-25 CRA All-Access Scholarship is April 22, 2024. For more information and to begin the application process, visit

This program is administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services Inc., an independent company that specializes in managing sponsored educational assistance programs.

About Charles River Associates (CRA)

Charles River Associates® is a leading global consulting firm specializing in economic, financial, and management consulting services. CRA advises clients on economic and financial matters pertaining to litigation and regulatory proceedings, and guides corporations through critical business strategy and performance-related issues. Since 1965, clients have engaged CRA for its unique combination of functional expertise and industry knowledge, and for its objective solutions to complex problems. Headquartered in Boston, CRA has offices throughout the world. Detailed information about Charles River Associates, a registered trade name of CRA International, Inc., is available at Follow us on LinkedInX, and Facebook.


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–Festival Begins March 29 at 100 AMC Movie Theatres with tickets on sale now–

Logo and Stills Available HERE

Los Angeles, Calif. – March 20, 2024 – Blumhouse, the driving force in horror, and AMC Theatres (NYSE: AMC) are celebrating Halloween early with the first-ever Halfway to Halloween Film Festival. The five-day festival kicks off Friday, March 29 in over 40 cities and 100 AMC movie theaters across the U.S., and features five different repertory films – anchored by the 13th anniversary of Insidious April 1, nearly halfway to Halloween. Insidious marked the first collaboration between the now-merged Blumhouse and Atomic Monster.

Festival-goers can catch their favorite Blumhouse films on the big screen, with tickets priced at just $8 per film. Plus, they’ll have the chance to win giveaways, get sneak peeks and see exclusive recorded messages from directors and talent from the films. Tickets are on sale now on and within the AMC Mobile App for the following films:

Friday, March 29 – Sinister
Saturday, March 30 – The Purge
Sunday, March 31 – Ouija: Origin of Evil
Monday, April 1 – Insidious (13th year anniversary of the movie’s opening)
Tuesday, April 2 - The Invisible Man

“We wanted to celebrate local communities of horror fans throughout the country with a fun, affordable and slightly evil night at the movies. We’re grateful to our partners at AMC for helping us bring this idea to life,” said Jason Blum, Founder and CEO, Blumhouse.

“Blumhouse films terrify and delight horror fans. We are excited to bring these favorites back to the big screen,” said Elizabeth Frank, EVP Worldwide Programming and Chief Content Officer, AMC Theatres.

The full list of cities includes: Atlanta (GA), Baltimore (MD), Boston (MA), Charlotte (NC), Chattanooga (TN), Chicago (IL), Cincinnati (OH), Columbus (OH), Dallas (TX), Denver (CO), Detroit (MI), Harlingen (TX), Hartford (CT), Houston (TX), Indianapolis (IN), Jacksonville (FL), Kansas City (MO), Las Vegas (NV), Los Angeles (CA), Miami (FL), Minneapolis (MN), Mobile (AL), New Haven (CT), New Orleans (LA), New York (NY), Norfolk (VA), Orlando (FL), Philadelphia (PA), Phoenix (AZ), Pittsburgh (PA), Rockford (IL), San Diego (CA), San Francisco (CA), Seattle (WA), Spokane (WA), Tallahassee (FL), Tampa (FL), Tucson (AZ), Tulsa (OK), Washington, D.C., Wichita (KS).

Learn more about the first-ever Halfway to Halloween Film Festival here:

About Blumhouse

Blumhouse is a multimedia company regarded as the driving force in horror. The company has produced over 200 movies and television series with theatrical grosses of almost $6 billion in worldwide box office. In film, the company has produced iconic, genre, film franchises like Halloween, The Purge, and prolific films like the box-office juggernaut Five Nights at Freddy’s, M3GAN, Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman; Get Out from Jordan Peele, among several others. The television company operates in genre and provocative programming through acclaimed scripted and unscripted series and documentaries, such as the upcoming original series The Sticky, produced by Jamie Lee Curtis for Amazon; The Thing About Pam for NBC; Worst Roommate Ever for Netflix; The Jinx for HBO. The company also recently launched a games division. In October 2023, Blumhouse was honored by Fast Company in its third annual Brands That Matter list.

About AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.

AMC is the largest movie exhibition company in the United States, the largest in Europe and the largest throughout the world with approximately 900 theatres and 10,000 screens across the globe. AMC has propelled innovation in the exhibition industry by: deploying its Signature power-recliner seats; delivering enhanced food and beverage choices; generating greater guest engagement through its loyalty and subscription programs, website, and mobile apps; offering premium large format experiences and playing a wide variety of content including the latest Hollywood releases and independent programming. In addition, in 2023 AMC launched AMC Theatres Distribution with the highly successful releases of TAYLOR SWIFT | THE ERAS TOUR and RENAISSANCE: A FILM BY BEYONCÉ. AMC Theatres Distribution expects to release more concert films with the world’s leading musical artists in the years ahead. For more information, visit

Source: AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.

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NEW YORK, New York -  As Congress reconvened on Antisemitism at Post-Secondary Institutions  and Anti-Defamation League (ADL) hosts their “Never Again is Now” summit next week to confront the troubling rise of antisemitism overall and specifically on college campuses, including violent protests, and heart wrenching testimony yesterday, The Heart Monitors – a strategy and insights consultancy – believes it’s imperative to acknowledge the “why,” the feelings behind the facts and the realities truly faced by Generation Z (Gen Z). The Heart Monitors found that 70% of Gen Z feels apart from other generations and not heard.

The Heart Monitors was born in the wake of the October 7, 2023 Israel/Hamas attacks, which revealed the strong feelings, perspectives and larger social debate of the Gen Z generation. Co-founded by marketing and brand strategy industry pioneers Jon Bond and Robin Lemberg -  both parents to Gen Z aged children  – The Heart Monitors was created to better listen, understand and connect with the powerful feelings of Gen Z in the Hamas/Israeli conflict from all perspectives: Gen Z overall, Gen Z Muslims, Gen Z Jews, and what they term the Middle. Bond and Lemberg believe that exposing, and quantifying different facts and the  feelings behind them are the new currency to change minds and behaviors.

“Feelings are the new currency in an ‘Emotion economy’. Facts alone cannot combat feelings,” said Robin Lemberg, co-founder, The Heart Monitors. In a world of truth decay and misinformation,  we are in the Emotion Economy where feelings are the new contemporary currency that drives identification, adherence to a message, powerful narratives and ultimately behavior change. There are twenty core emotions and thousands of feelings. Feelings shift hearts to change behaviors and incite action — facts do not.”

Since January 1, 2024, The Heart Monitors has fielded over 300 short quantitative surveys supplemented by qualitative research conducted through a nationally representative panel of U.S. teens/adults. Research was conducted among Gen Z (ages 16-26), with results compared to the general population 16-plus (U.S., national), and then among separate samples of relevant sub-segments of Gen Z (self-identified Jews, Muslims and other, along with LGBTQ+ identifying Gen Zers when relevant). The key to the methodology is quick and timely reads on the most meaningful headlines, and related  pop culture events as they appear. This quick take on the “pulse” of GenZ is coupled with a bold approach: asking the questions that no one asks, so it is possible to derive the insights no one else is seeing, even when the answers might be hard to hear. And when confronted with a meaningful statistic, The Heart Monitors drills down further, to get to the raw feelings behind the facts and then uses a battery of feelings behind them.

From these research pulses, The Heart Monitors has revealed statistics and insights which indicate a disconnect between the perceptions of Gen Z and the general population around  the realities of antisemitism, perceptions of antisemitism, Hamas vs the IDF as well as  the actions of Israel and the beliefs of American Jews , the feelings of Gen Z Jews and Gen Z Muslims. The Heart Monitors has examined the events at Harvard as a microcosm of college campuses across the country,  quantified what is free speech or hate speech, their reactions to slogans, messaging and creative ideas circulating on social media and compared them to the General Population.

Just yesterday, The Heart Monitors found that only 50% of Gen Z identified the cartoons released by Harvard Professors as Antisemitic. Additionally, the majority of Gen Z does not view the Antisemitic cartoons as a form of hate speech (50%). Instead, as we know they argue for their right to free speech, even in educational settings. Moreover, the story of Dr. Claudine Gay’s resignation was viewed as an influence of “rich Jewish donors” (60% agreement)  and less  her failure to address antisemitism and accusations of plagiarism, and that 46% of Gen Z believes that Jews should be considered a minority group with all others in the context of DEI, yet accusations of quotas at Harvard, Penn and other institutions of higher education speaks to the complexities at play.

Earlier Gen Z insights from The Heart Monitors from January 2024 through February 2024 show that only 32% of Gen Z believe the Holocaust is relevant today, 25% of Gen Z believe that both Hamas and IDF are terrorist organizations, and 50% of Gen Z agree the slogan “Free Palestine” inspires them to take action or support the cause. Gen Z feelings range from numb/indifferent, curious and confused, shocked, and suspicious, depending on the topic and inspired, sympathetic, sad, joyful, happy to creative messages and ads. “Never Again is Now” is a Jewish call to action, but alienating to others as the Holocaust is seen as history in the face of modern day genocide.

To Gen Z, Anti-Semitism is a gray area at best. Viewing this through a brand marketing lens, Israel is losing the propaganda war with Gen Z.,” said Jon Bond, co-founder, The Heart Monitors. “‘Free Palestine’ is arguably the best marketing campaign of the 21st century. It was a simple, powerful, unified message from a well orchestrated playbook. Gen Z responded, and Israel lost the hearts of Gen Z. In less than 5 months, the pro-Palestinian effort has flipped the script so that Israel is no longer ‘the underdog’ — they have become David, and Israel is now big, bad Goliath. What are the long term implications of this? We need to truly listen to Gen Z to understand more.”

To donate  your voice to your favorite non-profit and provide your perspective around this conflict to incite change please visit The Heart Monitors will be launching online forums for discussion and healthy debate.


The Heart Monitors is a new type of strategy consultancy that exposes the feelings behind the factsthat offer deep insights and drive behavior change. Made up of passionate leaders from the worlds of marketing, finance, non-profits, research and social science, The Heart Monitors bring a proprietary research tech stack, custom communities, daring questions, quick and timely reads and with products and services such as the “F Factor” and the “Gen Z Heart Tracker.” We empower non-profits, brands and their partners with powerful audience insights around messages, campaigns, topical and polarizing issues in order to craft a story that resonates, drives behavior and influences change. For more information, visit

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Effie Collegiate US Launches 2024 Spring Semester Brand Challenge

The leading digital financial services company is inviting marketing students across the United States to create an effective integrated brand campaign

Effie United States (part of Effie Worldwide), a nonprofit that champions marketing effectiveness, announced that its 2024 Effie Collegiate program will be in collaboration with Ally. Modeled after the Effie Awards, the Effie Collegiate program engages marketing students to research, ideate, and develop comprehensive marketing plans to address real world business challenges.

For the Spring 2024 semester, college students across the country will be challenged by Ally and Effie to build Ally brand awareness, consumer advocacy, and consideration through a disruptive, integrated marketing campaign. Participating student teams will be briefed with a target audience, budget, and marketing challenge and have through April 3, 2024 to submit their projects.

All entries will be reviewed by a jury of marketers from across the Effie network, representing agencies, brands and media. The final teams will be invited to pitch their ideas to Ally’s Marketing team in late Spring 2024.

Ally is continuing its relationship with the Effies, following a successful Collegiate competition last year.  The Spring 2023 Brand Challenge winner was from Loyola Marymount University.

“The ideas presented by last year’s Effie Collegiate participants were innovative and truly brought to life the idea that we are all better off with an ally,” said Andrea Brimmer, Chief Marketing and Public Relations Officer at Ally. “We look forward to seeing more work that elevates our approach of challenging the status quo in financial marketing while engaging consumers where they are on their financial journeys.”

“I am so pleased to be kicking off another Collegiate Brand Challenge with our friends at Ally,” said Traci Alford, Global CEO, Effie Worldwide. “The Effie Collegiate competition offers students an unmatched opportunity to solve a real business challenge. Ally’s brief helps take the marketing theories learned at university and put them into practice. All underpinned by Effie’s framework for effectiveness. As always, I wish all students the best of success in this year’s program and look forward to seeing the results.”

Call for Entries for the Effie Collegiate US x Ally Brand Challenge is open now. The Challenge is open to students enrolled in full/part-time graduate, undergraduate and portfolio programs at accredited educational institutions.

For more information about the Effie Collegiate US competition, click here:

About Effie Worldwide

Effie is a global 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to lead and evolve the forum for marketing effectiveness. Effie leads, inspires and champions the practice and practitioners of marketing effectiveness through education, awards, ever-evolving initiatives and first-class insights into marketing strategies that produce results. The organization recognizes the most effective brands, marketers and agencies, globally, regionally and locally through its 50+ award programs across the world and through its coveted effectiveness rankings, the Effie Index. Since 1968, Effie is known as a global symbol of achievement, while serving as a resource to steer the future of marketing success. For more details, visit

About Ally Financial

Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) is a financial services company with the nation’s largest all-digital bank and an industry-leading auto financing business, driven by a mission to “Do It Right” and be a relentless ally for customers and communities. The company serves more than 11 million customers through a full range of online banking services (including deposits, mortgage, point-of-sale personal lending, and credit card products) and securities brokerage and investment advisory services. The company also includes a robust corporate finance business that offers capital for equity sponsors and middle-market companies, as well as auto financing and insurance offerings. For more information, please visit and follow @allyfinancial.

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State Department Announces 2023-2024 Fulbright Top Producing Institutions

February 13, 2024

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce 170 higher education institutions in 37 states and the District of Columbia have received the designation of Fulbright Top Producing Institution for having the highest number of candidates selected for the Fulbright U.S. Student and Fulbright U.S. Scholar Programs.

Fulbright Top Producing Institutions are grouped by Carnegie Classification, and represent the range of institutions engaging with the Fulbright Program and ensuring its broad impact on American communities across the country.

Lee Satterfield, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, commended the honorees: “Fulbright’s 2023-24 Top Producing Institutions represent the diversity of America’s higher education community. Dedicated administrators, faculty, and advisors support students and scholars to fulfill their potential and rise to address tomorrow’s global challenges through the Fulbright Program. We congratulate them, and all the Fulbrighters who are making a positive impact across the world.”

The institutions with the highest number of U.S. Scholars within their classification were California State Polytechnic University, Kirkwood Community College (Iowa), Middlebury College (Vermont), the Pennsylvania State University, Salem State University (Massachusetts), and Western Washington University. Oregon Health & Science University, and Chief Dull Knife College (Montana) were also recognized as top producers among special focus institutions and tribal colleges, respectively. Fulbright U.S. Scholars are faculty, researchers, administrators, and established professionals who teach or conduct research in affiliation with institutes abroad.

The institutions with the highest number of U.S. Students within their classification were Bowdoin College (Maine), Georgetown University (District of Columbia), the University of North Georgia, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Illinois).  Fulbright U.S. Students are recent college graduates, graduate students, and early career professionals who participate in study/research exchanges or serve as English teaching assistants in local schools abroad.

Twelve institutions had the distinction of being a top producer of both Fulbright U.S. Students and U.S. Scholars: Arizona State University, Bowdoin College (Maine), the George Washington University (District of Columbia), Middlebury College (Vermont), North Carolina State University at Raleigh, Reed College (Oregon), Rollins College (Florida), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Illinois), the University of Alabama, University of Maryland – College Park, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, and University of Southern California.

For more information and stories about the Fulbright Top Producing Institutions, and to view the full list of institutions, visit the Fulbright Top Producing Institutions website.

Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided over 400,000 talented and accomplished students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds with the opportunity to study, teach, and conduct research abroad. Fulbrighters exchange ideas, build people-to-people connections, and work to address complex global challenges.

Fulbright is a program of the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support.

Interested media should contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at


The nonprofit will distribute over half a million dollars in scholarships, tuition waivers, and grants—funding the education of future restaurant industry leaders

NEW YORK – The James Beard Foundation® (JBF) announced today that applications for its 2024 Scholarship Program are now open. The Scholarship Program—an annual initiative aimed at supporting aspiring culinary students, future restaurateurs, beverage professionals, and more—will offer more than $500,000 to recipients this year.

With the independent restaurant industry at its most stable since before the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a renewed interest and excitement in the culinary arts among young professionals, resulting in nearly a 10% increase in enrollment in 2-year culinary programs between 2022 and 2023. The JBF Scholarship Program supports the life cycle of a culinary career, providing financial assistance to both emerging and established culinary talent looking to further their education at a licensed or accredited culinary school, hospitality institution, college, or university. As of 2024, JBF will have awarded nearly $10 million in financial aid to over 2,000 recipients, thanks in part to a new offering from HexClad and existing partnerships.

“The mission of the James Beard Foundation is to celebrate and support the people behind America’s food culture, while creating a future where all have the opportunity to thrive,” said Dr. Anne E. McBride, Vice President of Programs, James Beard Foundation. “As the country’s leading culinary nonprofit supporting independent restaurants, we are proud that our Scholarship Program offers this foundational support for aspiring culinary professionals at the very start of their careers.”

Scholarship award amounts range from $5,000 to $20,000, and eligibility requirements vary by opportunity. Applicants, generally, must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a program at a licensed or accredited culinary school, hospitality institution, college, or university in Fall 2024. International students may also qualify for many of the scholarships and are encouraged to apply. Previous recipients are also eligible to apply again, and interested applicants are eligible to apply for more than one scholarship. There is no application fee required.

This year, JBF will offer three basic types of scholarship awards in the categories of Culinary and Pastry Arts, Wine Studies, and Food Systems. The types of awards are:

• Scholarships: Cash grants applied to tuition and, on a case-by-case basis, other school-related expenses
• Tuition Waivers: Tuition waivers granted by educational institutions, which are renewable in some cases
• Work Study Grants: Grants for working culinary professionals that cover expenses from programs offering experiential learning at farms, fisheries, wineries, and other venues of food production, under the auspices of the Jean-Louis Palladin Professional Work/Study Grant

Below is a selection of the scholarships JBF will be offering for the 2024 year:

• The Debbie Lewis Women in Wine Scholarship: The Debbie Lewis Women in Wine Scholarship honors the life of vintner Debbie Lewis. Debbie had a lifelong passion for mastering the business of wine and set an inspiring example of dedication and hard work to all those around her. Students who are women over the age of 21 who reside in the U.S. and are planning to enroll or are currently enrolled in a beverage, wine studies, hospitality management, master sommelier, or culinary program at an accredited culinary school, hospitality institution, college, or university will qualify. Up to one [1] scholarship of $5,000 will be granted.
• HexClad Culinary Scholarship: The HexClad Culinary Scholarship is open to women and BIPOC individuals who reside in the United States and are accepted into or enrolled in an accredited Culinary program. Up to 2 scholarship(s) of $12,500 each will be granted. Please note that there are promotional opportunities associated with this scholarship.
• The JBF Visit San Antonio Culinaria Scholarship Fund: The JBF Visit San Antonio Culinaria Scholarship Fund, funded by the Tasting Texas Wine + Food Festival, is open to women and BIPOC individuals who reside in the state of Texas and are pursuing a degree at an accredited institution in culinary, pastry, restaurant management, or wine studies. Up to six [6] scholarships of $10,000 will be granted.
• The JBF National Scholars Scholarship: The JBF National Scholars Program, which launched in 2016, provides ten [10] high-impact scholarships of $20,000 each to food-focused candidates of exceptional talent. Candidates for the 10 National Scholarships are selected according to academic merit, personal and professional recommendations, and demonstration of the potential for leadership roles in culinary arts, food studies, agriculture, hospitality management, and related fields. To ensure regional diversity of this national program, one [1] awardee will be selected from each of the 10 geographic regions defined by the JBF Awards.

The Scholarship Program is administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS), an independent company that specializes in managing sponsored educational assistance programs. ISTS hosts the online application process, vets the initial candidates for eligibility, and disburses awards to recipients on the Foundation’s behalf. The JBF Scholarship Selection Committee reviews the semifinalists and approximately 40 recipients are selected. The deadline to apply is April 5, 2024.

For more information about the program and to apply, visit

About the James Beard Foundation

The James Beard Foundation (JBF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that celebrates and supports the people behind America’s food culture, while pushing for new standards in the restaurant industry to create a future where all have the opportunity to thrive. Established over 30 years ago, the Foundation has highlighted the centrality of food culture in our daily lives and is committed to supporting a resilient and flourishing industry that honors its diverse communities. By amplifying new voices, celebrating those leading the way, and supporting those on the path to do so, the Foundation is working to create a more equitable and sustainable future—what we call Good Food for Good®. JBF brings its mission to life through the annual Awards, industry and community-focused programs, advocacy, partnerships, and events across the country. Coming soon, for the first time in the Foundation’s history, exceptional culinary talent, industry leaders, and visitors from NYC and beyond can experience unforgettable dining and educational programming at Pier 57—inspiring food and beverage devotees for decades to come. Learn more at, sign up for our newsletter, and follow @beardfoundation on social media.

About James Beard Foundation Programs

The James Beard Foundation’s Programs help the independent restaurant industry reach new standards around equity, sustainability, and workplace practices to ensure that all involved in its supply chain can thrive. We look to turn independent restaurant jobs into long and healthy independent restaurant careers; to expand who has access to leadership, visibility, financial stability, and capital; and to use the power of chefs for climate change mitigation and other issues that touch our food system. Our mission comes to life through training programs, policy advocacy, and harnessing the agency of chefs for change.

The Obama Foundation Opens Applications for the 2024-2026 Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service

The scholarship supports students interested in pursuing public service careers with an academic scholarship, travel-based learning, and connections to a network of leaders

CHICAGO – Today, the Obama Foundation opened applications for the 2024-2026 Voyager Scholarship, The Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service. Funded by a $100 million personal contribution from Airbnb Co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky to the Obama Foundation, the Voyager Scholarship provides college students with last-dollar financial aid to help alleviate the burden of college debt, meaningful travel experiences to expand their connections to new communities, and a network of mentors and leaders to support them throughout their careers.

As the Voyager Scholarship enters its third year, the Obama Foundation and Chesky remain committed to supporting young leaders who can bridge divides and help solve our biggest challenges together. The Voyager scholarship supports students as they refine their values-based leadership approach, gain access to new experiences that broaden their horizons, and nurture their sense of curiosity as they deepen their commitment to pursuing public service careers. As part of the program, Voyager Scholarship recipients receive a $10,000 stipend and free housing through Airbnb to pursue a summer work-travel experience, or “Summer Voyage,” between their junior and senior years of college. Students design their own Summer Voyage to gain exposure to new communities and experience in a chosen field. Last summer, the inaugural cohort of Voyager Scholarship recipients collectively traveled to 23 U.S. states and territories and 63 countries around the world in 2023. Students engaged in internships, volunteer experiences, and research opportunities to deepen their understanding of the issues they are most passionate about. Here are some inspiring stories from our soon-to-be graduating, inaugural cohort of Voyager Scholarship recipients:

• Gretchen North (2022-2024 Voyager) – Supporting Education in Kenya and Panama: Gretchen North, a Conservation Biology and Environmental Education student at the University of Minnesota, used her Summer Voyage to lead an environmental education workshop series in Kenya and Panama, covering topics such as rainforest conservation, grassland ecology, and permaculture. As part of the experience, Gretchen partnered with 2018-2019 Obama Scholar Juan Carlos Monterrey Gómez, the Executive Director of Panama’s Geoversity. The hands-on experiences during her months abroad have profoundly influenced her journey as a young public service leader, providing insights that will shape her future career decisions and foster a deep sense of love and community that she intends to carry throughout her life.
• Kennedi Roberts (2022-2024 Voyager) Implementing Programming to Support Youth Mental Health: Kennedi Roberts, a student at Howard University majoring in Psychology, had a transformative Summer Voyage working with an organization in Los Angeles, California, that supports youth who have had encounters with the criminal justice system. There, she supported summer programming and helped facilitate a wilderness expedition that provided adventure therapy for young people in Boulder, Utah. This experience has fueled Kennedi’s desire to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology after graduation this May.
• Yasmin Nayrouz (2022-2024 Voyager) – Leveraging Communications for Change in Italy, the United Kingdom, Washington, DC: Yasmin Nayrouz, a Syracuse University student majoring in English and Public Relations, traveled across Italy, the United Kingdom, and Washington, D.C. for her Summer Voyage. In Italy, she interned with an immigration law firm, learning about the rights of refugees and how the E.U. has been responding to high levels of migration. In London, she worked to empower immigrants through cooking classes, and participating in U.K. government events on migration. And in Washington, D.C., Yasmin honed her communications skills to support migrant communities. This experience solidified her commitment to combating xenophobia and promoting inclusivity in her future public service career.

To learn more about the previous recipients of the Obama-Chesky Voyager Scholarship for Public Service and to see highlights from the program, visit The application deadline for the Voyager Scholarship for Public Service is Thursday, March 27, 2024, at 11:59 PM United States Central Time (UTC-6). The Obama Foundation will award the scholarship to 100 students from colleges and universities across the United States and its territories. Voyager Scholarship for Public Service recipients receive:

• Up to $50,000 in financial aid: Students will receive up to $25,000 per year in “last dollar” financial aid for their junior and senior years of college. This financial aid should help alleviate the burden of college debt so that students can afford to pursue a career in public service.
• Summer Voyage: Students will receive a $10,000 stipend and free housing through Airbnb to pursue a summer work-travel experience between their junior and senior year of college. The students will design their own Summer Voyage to gain exposure to new communities and experience in a chosen field.
• 10-year travel stipend: After graduation, Airbnb will provide the students with a $2,000 Airbnb travel credit every year for 10 years, totaling $20,000. This will allow students to continue to broaden their horizons and forge new connections throughout their public service careers.
• Monthly Virtual Sessions: Students must participate in monthly virtual programming sessions, including speaker series and mentorship roundtables, Summer Voyage design workshops, and Summer Voyage coaching sessions, to ensure they have the most meaningful experience possible.
• Fall Summit: During their Junior Year, Voyagers may have the option to attend an in-person convening where they will engage in community building activities with fellow Voyagers, build their leadership skills, and learn from experienced leaders in public service.
• Network of leaders: Throughout the program, students will be invited to an ongoing speaker series, giving them access to a network of leaders. This network of leaders will expose them to new areas of service and innovations happening in their fields. After graduation, they will join the Obama Foundation’s global community, providing them with Foundation resources and programming.

For more information about the Voyager Scholarship, including the application process and answers to frequently asked questions, visit For more updates from the Obama Foundation, follow us on Facebook, Threads, and Instagram.


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Macmillan Learning Launches Awards with Cash Prize to Honor Extraordinary Economics Student and Instructor

New York, NY; Jan. 24, 2024 –  Macmillan Learning, a privately-held, family-owned educational publishing and services company, announced today it will mark its 15th year hosting the EconEd Summit with new awards recognizing innovation within the Economics community. Macmillan Learning will honor a remarkable Economics student and instructor with the new EconEd award, which comes with a $2,500 prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to the conference, scheduled to take place on September 27-28 in Chicago.

“As Economics plays an integral role in nearly every aspect of our lives, its significance sometimes goes unnoticed. With these awards, we aim to shine a spotlight on the students and instructors who not only illuminate this crucial subject but also ignite curiosity among students,” said Scott Guile, Executive Marketing Manager, at Macmillan Learning.

The EconEd Student Award will honor an undergraduate Economics student who demonstrates exceptional academic achievements and makes noteworthy contributions to their community through their Economics acumen. Impactful community involvement could involve mentoring/tutoring, contributing to research initiatives, supporting students’ economic literacy, writing about economic issues, or other activities.

The EconEd Instructor Award will celebrate innovation in the teaching of Principles of Economics. Whether through cutting-edge technology, interactive projects, gamification, community involvement, tailored learning experiences, or inventive assessment techniques, this award celebrates those who are redefining economics education.

The awards are open to students and instructors in U.S. colleges. Students should have a declared major or minor in Economics. Applications for both awards are open until April 1, with winners announced mid-May.

EconEd is a platform for professional development, knowledge sharing, and community building among Economics instructors. Over the years, the conference has featured distinguished figures within the Economics community, including Paul Krugman, Justin Wolfers, Betsey Stevenson, Tyler Cowen, Alex Tabarrok, Eric Chiang, and many more, fostering a legacy of rich academic discourse and thought leadership. These Macmillan Learning authors represent a range of diverse economic perspectives and insights and collectively have more than 150 years experience at leading colleges around the world.

This year’s EconEd Summit will focus on the intersection of government policies and Economics, with sessions examining topics like the discrepancy between consumer attitudes and economic data. Peer consultants, Macmillan Learning, and Macmillan Learning CEO Susan Winslow will present during the summit. More information about the conference is available here.

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The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Accepting Applications for 2024 Awards Program

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society—is currently accepting applications for its 2024 awards program including Scholar, Artist and Distinguished Service Awards, Pioneer Awards, Study Abroad Grants, Literacy Grants, Fellowships and Love of Learning Awards. These awards provide funding for undergraduate and graduate study, continuing education, professional development, studies abroad and local, national and international literacy initiatives.

Since 1932, Phi Kappa Phi’s awards program has recognized members and students on its chapter campuses for outstanding academic achievement. Currently, $1.3 million is awarded annually through programs that last year recognized 485 individuals.

Programs currently accepting applications include:

• Scholar and Artist: A life membership and a $1,000 donation to a nonprofit cause will be awarded to individuals who demonstrate the ideals of the Society through their lifelong activities, achievements and scholarship. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1.
• Distinguished Service: A life membership and a $1,000 donation to a nonprofit cause will be awarded to an individual who has provided sustained, non-compensated volunteer service to others beyond the realm of academia. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1.
Study Abroad Grants: 125 grants of $1,000 each will be awarded to both members and non-members studying abroad. The deadline to apply is March 15.
• Literacy Grants: Grants of up to $2,500 are available to Phi Kappa Phi chapters and individual members seeking funding for literacy initiatives. The deadline to apply is April 1.
• Pioneer Awards: 50 $1,000 awards are available to undergraduate members for developing the research, engagement, and leadership skills necessary to become a successful scholar. The Deadline to apply is June 1.
• Fellowships: 62 Fellowships are available each year – two at $35,000, six at $20,000 and fifty-four of $8,500 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. The deadline to apply varies by each Phi Kappa Phi chapter. Contact your local chapter for deadline information.
• Love of Learning Awards: 200 awards at $500 each, are available to help fund post-baccalaureate studies and professional development for active members. The deadline to apply is June 30.

“I am deeply humbled to have been selected as a recipient of the 2023 Pioneer Award. Winning this award means a lot to me; not only does it recognize my past and present achievements, but it also fuels the trajectory of my future career and endeavors,” said Isac Kaba, Pioneer Award recipient.

For more information including eligibility requirements and application instructions for each program, please visit

About Phi Kappa Phi

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The Society has chapters on more than 325 select colleges and universities in the United States, its territories and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information, visit


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