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"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
~ Mahatma Gandhi
Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur (CASE)
Take on the Challenge to solve a societal problem, and you can win a grant to implement your project and earn the prestigious Carter Certification for Civic Engagement. Fulfill your dream to serve and make a difference to the lives of others, your own and the world. CASE recognizes the most innovative solutions for problems in the Community.
1. Impact of innovation and project
· Increased economic opportunity, improved social networks
· Learning about community service.
· Quantification of impact (data etc.)
2. Nature of Partnership with community
· Building upon community strength
· Decision making based on Scientific method
· Teamwork and partnerships
3. Quality of Proposal
· Originality of the idea
· Effective use of the grant
· Replicating potential of the idea.
What is CASE?
The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation developed the Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur (CASE) grant to recognize students who develop innovative solutions for community problems as part of their courses in college.
The CASE India Challenge is a special edition of CASE offered to all college students of Science & Technology across India. This competition will reward the most innovative community service projects using science and technology to solve societal problems and link to the student's academic program. Key elements of this challenge include the impact on the community, the partnership with the community, the quality of the idea and the extent that the project will support the student's academic program. Students whose proposals are selected as winners will receive grants to implement their projects and will receive a certificate of merit signed by President and Mrs. Carter. Project proposals and later project summaries will be published on the following websites: www.C2PF.org, www.servicebook.org, and www.dostpost.com.
What does it mean to win the competition?
- The winning proposal receives a grant to implement the project.
- The student winner receives a Certificate of Merit from JRCPF signed by President and Mrs. Carter.
- All students whose proposals meet the criteria are presented with Certificate of Merit.
- A version of the student proposal and a summary of the student's project will be published on www.C2PF.org, on ServiceBook.org and www.dostpost.com
Who can apply for a CASE grant?
The applicant must be a full-time student, propose an innovative academic service learning project, get a faculty member to guide the project and submit an application over ServiceBook.org. Winners must keep a running account of project activities and write a summary report at the conclusion of the project. In addition to the project summary, students are encouraged to submit photographs, videos, PowerPoint, etc.
How to develop a project.
First, review the needs of the community. Discuss these needs with members of the community, with a faculty member and with other students. Develop some ideas about ways to make improvements in the community. Review the ideas to determine which will have the most impact and still fit within your schedule as a student. Review the criteria above and the questions in the CASE application for some ideas. Finally, write a draft of your proposal so you can cut and paste it into ServiceBook.org. Explain your draft to those who helped you formulate the idea and incorporate their feedback into your final application
The application process.
Step 1. Register on www.ServiceBook.org
Step 2. Follow the home page link "Apply for CASE".
Step 3. Provide answers to the questions on the application. Be sure to select "CASE-India Challenge" from the drop-down list titled "CASE Competition" on the application.
Restrictions on the use of CASE grant funds:
CASE grants are only to be used to implement the project. The use of grant funds must be directly related to the needs of a project, such as supplies, space or equipment rentals, etc.