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Dare to Dream

Fall applications due Monday, Oct. 30.

The average grant award is expected to be approximately $2,000 for selected applications.


  1. Read the Grant Guidelines to make sure your proposal fits within the designated criteria for this grant program.
  2. Secure a faculty or staff sponsor for your proposal.
  3. Please provide all information and answers to the questions on this fillable PDF:

Be sure to save the form under a new name or your answers will be lost.

To Submit: Attach both your PDF application and your project’s budget in an email and send it to Steve Day.

What is Dare to Dream?

Dare to Dream is a newly established, internal granting fund that supports innovation at La Salle. Students can apply for funding of innovative projects through a simple but competitive grant application process. Submission of an application does not guarantee a grant will be awarded.

Dare to Dream grant monies will be awarded to those whose aim is to:

  • Experiment with and practice the process of innovation.

For example but not limited to:

–Create a new product, program, social service, or message delivery.

–Define a new use for an existing product or technology.

–Use new communication techniques to reach a target audience.

  • Bring transformative opportunities into the La Salle community or the broader community.

For example but not limited to:

–Organize and lead an event that adds value to the community.

–Define and design a better way to do something, an innovative process, for La Salle or the community.

Questions can be directed to Steve Day.

Students can use many resources to hone their Dare to Dream ideas: utilize the internet to look for examples or talk to a teacher, parent, or outside expert. If you wish to review an idea before submission of a grant request, please contact Steve Day in the Advancement Department to arrange a meeting.


Examples of innovative grants awarded to high school students around the country from similar grant programs:

Poolesville High School (Poolesville, Maryland): Detector of paper money denomination for people who have impaired vision

Greenbrier East High School (Lewisburg, West Virginia): System to transform waste cardboard into a building product

Tustin High School (Tustin, California): Device to remove gum from school floor

Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School (Cleveland, Ohio): Device to lift kayaks onto standard car carriers

Cypress Springs High School (Cypress, Texas): Device to clear condensation from inside a firefighter's helmet

Charles R. Drew Charter Senior Academy (Atlanta, Georgia): Alert system to detect presence of child or pet in the backseat of a car

STEM School Chattanooga (Chattanooga, Tennessee): Detector of bicyclists in protected bike lane configurations

Two ideas from our own community:

  • Create a means of communication (through an app, social media etc.) specifically to expedite the exchange of critical information between two people or between groups of people, especially during an emergency.
  • Spearhead regional events, such as an Arts, Faith and Community festival, open to all high school students in Oregon.

Here's an example of a past LEAP project that may have been elevated had it been supported by this fund:

When he was a senior, Alex Petersen '15, developed an app that accounted for extra monies in an online purchase of stocks to offer opportunities for to do with the leftover small amounts of money in purchases. His app aimed to increase the amount of money in a stock purchase that went to investments. A Dare to Dream grant could have been used to help patent this idea and to create and implement a marketing plan for selling the app, etc.

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