Nonprofit offering grants up to $5,000 for innovative young people

FARGO — The Hunter Watson Memorial Fund, a nonprofit based out of Virginia, is offering grants of up to $5,000 to innovative young people ages 16 to 25.

Grant applicants are not required to be in school and the grants are not scholarships nor are they intended to cover tuition costs. The grants offer direct financial support for a young innovator's project and come with a mentor to help the grant recipient move their project forward.

In recent grant cycles, grants have helped finance new internet and cell phone applications, music and performance projects, audio and video recording and expansion of online businesses.

There is no cost to apply. The deadline for the next grant cycle is Saturday, June 15, but the fund is encouraging people to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications are reviewed by a committee looking for innovative ideas in a variety of areas, including music, the performing arts, computer technology and entrepreneurship.

The fund was created in memory of Hunter Brooks Watson, a college sophomore from McLean, Va., who died as a passenger in a distracted driving accident.

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