FUN Future Educators Scholarship - Applicant Recipients Announced

FUN is pleased to announce that we have created a scholarship program. The FUN Future Educator Scholarship is the first FIRST scholarship directed for those looking to enter the education field (as far as we can tell) FUN Founders Mike, Justin and Kristine are all educators and I’m an education major dropout so this is something that has been on our mind for years and something we are passionate about as well. You can read all details on the link below.

Scholarship applications are open through March 31st 2021 and located at . This will also be up on the FIRST Scholarship website soon.

There will be two scholarships starting at $500 each. FUN is accepting donations from the community if you would like to help contribute and we will cover any transaction fees associated. You can donate at through March 31st. 100% of funds donated here will fund the scholarships.

Side plug: We have launched a tiktok account under @firstupdatesnow or . Follow us and check it out. This is not ran by old man Tyler so look forward to some interesting stories from members of our Crew including our first story by Ari!


Very cool seeing another community based scholarship offering! The ecosystem just keeps growing.


Video on the FUN Future Educators Scholarship if you would like to share:


A big thank you as we have already received $465 in additional donations!


That sounds great!

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Is this scholarship open to non US citizens?
Is the scholarship open to universities overseas?
(I live in Australia and plan to go to an Australian university)

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Yes, we have no geographic restrictions. Please note the funds will just convert from USD to whatever currency of the recipients.

Also thank you to those who have donated additional funds! We have received an additional $655 from donors which puts both scholarships at $827.50 USD each.

Donations and applications are accepted through March 31st.


If you would like to donate to the fund:


Just an update we have received quite a few donations recently. Current total fund is at $1905 which is $952.50 each.

Donations and applications are accepted through March 31st.


If you would like to donate to the fund:

Today is the last day to apply or donate to the scholarship. Currently the scholarships will be for $1000 each.


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The First Updates Now executive committee is pleased to introduce Wei Seet and Luigi Cedeno as our two Future Educator Scholarship winners for 2021. Starting out as $500 scholarships, the FUN community has come together donating an additional $1000 resulting in two scholarships of $1000.

Here’s a little more about our scholarship recipients:

Wei is planning on pursuing an education degree with a focus on Primary Education. Wei’s interest in Science caught the attention of their 3rd Grade teacher who pushed Wei to enter a Science Fair, which led to her involvement in FIRST. Wei’s understanding of the hardships facing rural Australian schools combined with an interest to bring STEM to those communities is inspiring. Wei will be well suited in the classroom having run FLL workshops for dozens of students and leading their FRC team as captain. Wei says “I personally believe that every student is worth investing in” and the First Updates Now executive committee is happy to invest in you.

Luigi is planning on pursuing a degree in Physics, with the intention of becoming a high school or middle school educator. What once was never a thought in his mind, Luigi has decided to pursue an education degree after an interaction with his engineering teacher in high school. The passion and love for this teacher’s subject completely changed the way that Luigi viewed education. Luigi hopes to continue this legacy by helping students understand what they are learning and why, rather than just learning facts for their short term memory. Luigi is going to strive to make “learning stimulating rather than mental baggage”. Luigi, we are proud of you, and wish you the best in the future.

Thank you to the 30+ applicants. We took the time to read through every single application and it certainly was not an easy decision picking just two recipients. We know that your continued path in education will lead to a brighter future for all.

Justin, Kristine, Mike and Tyler


Hi I’m Wei,

Thanks so much to the FUN team for this opportunity. Tyler, Kristine, Justin, and Mike you are all legends!

Thank you to everyone who donated. It’s absolutely amazing how much the community raised!

I’m excited about the future. I appreciate FUN for making an education-focused scholarship. It’s such an important part of our society and it’s amazing that FUN is investing in it.

Also thanks Ari for making that tiktok on it. I almost forgot to apply but I saw it and I remembered (follow FUN TikTok)

Thank you everyone and stay safe!