Our mission is to create scholarly (educational) and scholarship (financial) opportunities in which participants of all levels have a fair and equal chance to participate and be successful.
The first Common Knowledge Scholarship was created in January 2000 for high school students in Norway, Michigan. Unlike traditional scholarship programs, the competition was designed to reward students who had well-rounded, practical knowledge, not just the strongest academic performers. The success of this first competition led to the creation of the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF) in 2001.
Administered at the Fischler School of Education at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL, CKSF has since developed a wide variety of scholarships in which high school, college, graduate students, and even parents can participate. The National Nursing Scholarship, the Bible Scholarship, and the CKSF Movie Scholarship are just a few of the scholarships that helped fuel CKSF's growth. With new, exciting scholarship quizzes being announced each month, more and more students, parents, and scholarship coordinators began to recognize CKSF as a unique, fun, and legitimate scholarship provider.
In 2004, CKSF administered scholarship quizzes based on information from websites such as the Miami Dolphins and the FBI. The results demonstrated that students are willing to study and learn new information in order to win a scholarship. This sparked a new series of scholarship competitions sponsored by businesses, foundations, and individuals looking to raise awareness about a specific topic or issue. CKSF has had the privilege of administering scholarships on behalf of the FBI, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, California Police Youth Charities and many more.
Pleased with the reach and effectiveness of the FBI Scholarship, the Miami FBI Crimes Against Children Unit asked CKSF to develop an internet safety program for elementary and middle school students. With a few modifications to the scholarship quiz mechanism, CKSF created the Safe Online Surfing (SOS) Internet Challenge. SOS is an internet safety program designed to help students become responsible cyber citizens. Students take web-based quizzes and complete an online Scavenger Hunt to learn important internet safety and cyber citizenship concepts. And, instead of scholarships, high scoring students are awarded prizes and trophies. Other programs administered by CKSF include an anti-bullying initiative, a prescription drug abuse prevention program, and a monthly reading competition designed specifically for students in intensive reading classes.
Since that first scholarship in 2000, CKSF has developed a wide variety of scholarship and academic enrichment programs for students of all ages. To date, CKSF has awarded over $350,000, resulting in more than 800 scholarships to students. Today, CKSF administers several new contests each month and is growing at a rate of approximately 600 new students per day.