Applications are now being accepted for the annual Reaching for the Stars: Women in STEM Scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded to three outstanding women (high school juniors and seniors) currently registered with a FIRST team in the FIRST Chesapeake District (FTC in Virginia, FRC in DC, Maryland, and Virginia). Applications are due no later than 11:59PM on Friday, December 6, 2019. Finalists will be notified no later than December 9, 2019 and must attend an interview with the selection committee on December 13, 2019 at Rolls-Royce in Reston, VA. Scholarship recipients will be notified no later than December 20th, 2019.

Scholarships will be presented at the annual Reaching for the Stars: Women in STEM Breakfast Sponsored by Rolls-Royce on January 23, 2020. Additional details are included below. Questions? Contact Katarina Spears at .

Apply now!


Scholarship application deadline:

Friday, December 6, 2019, 11:59PM


Finalist interviews:

Friday, December 13, 2019, 8:00AM-12:00PM (scheduled in 30-minutes time slots) at Rolls-Royce US Corporate Headquarters, 1875 Explorer Street, Ste. 200, Reston, VA



Three scholarships available for women currently registered with a FIRST team in the FIRST Chesapeake District (FTC in Virginia and FRC in DC, Maryland and Virginia)



Scholarship recipients will be notified by December 20, 2019.


Other considerations:

Scholarship recipients must attend the Women in STEM Breakfast Sponsored by Rolls-Royce on January 23, 2020 at the UVA Darden Center, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, 30th Floor, Arlington, VA 8:15AM-10:00AM for scholarship presentation.


The annual FRC Workshop Sponsored by FRC 1418 Vae Victis is now open for registration. Click here for Team sign up sheetDeadline to sign up December 6th.

Cost: now FREE!!!

  • 8:00-8:30 Check-In
  • Sessions 8:30am- 4:00pm
  • Lunch provided

Due to low attendance, we have canceled this Saturday's FIRST Chesapeake Mentoring Workshop in Richmond.

We are still offering another Mentoring Workshop January 25th in Arlington VA. Please click here to sign up for this session.

Starting on November 4th, students can apply for a $40,000 college scholarship plus guaranteed paid software engineering internship at Amazon. We will be granting 100 new winners to high school students who graduate in 2020. All high school students who have taken or are currently enrolled in AP computer science in under-resourced schools and intend to study computer science in college are eligible.

Students can follow this link to apply starting on November 4th: 

The application will open on November 4th, 2019 and will close on January 17, 2020.

Learn more about Amazon Future Engineer:

Meet previous winners: LeoJailynn.

The deadline for submissions for the Dean's List is the 15th of the month prior to the event where the student will be interviewed.  If you are planning on submitting nominations for the Dean's List for any of the following December Qualifiers, the deadline for the submission is November 15 at 11:59 pm EST:
  • 12/07 FTC Richmond Qualifier
  • 12/07 FTC Christiansburg Qualifier
  • 12/14 FTC Newport News Qualifier
  • 12/15 FTC Centreville Qualifier
Who is Eligible? Any team member who is in 10th or 11th grade may be nominated for the Dean's List Award. However, each team may only submit two nominations. Students who are in 10th and 11th grade that mentor the team (and do not actively participate as members of the team) are not eligible.
Other important items to note:
  • A mentor of the team who is unrelated to the student being nominated should submit the nomination for the Dean's List Award.
  • It is required that the coach/mentor making the nomination choose an event within their own state/region AND an event where they will be competing for the Semi-finalist to be interviewed.
  • The second student nomination must be for the same event chosen for the first student nomination. If you choose to submit only one student to an event, you will not be able to go back and add another student to a later event once the deadline has passed.
Here is a link to the Dean's List Nomination Guide for instructions on how to submit your nomination(s):


Month of competing events Nomination deadline
December Friday, November 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET
January Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET
February Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 11:59 P.M. ET


A "friendly" FIRST Tech Challenge scrimmage event is being planned at Hines Middle School (Newport News, VA) on Nov 15th from 6:00-8:00 PM. 

If your team is interested in participating or you have other questions, please contact David Lawrence at 

The VHSL will feature Robotics for the first time as a League-sanctioned Academic Activity for the 2019-20 school year. (Click here for VHSL letter) This is another way that teams can compete, in addition to FIRST Chesapeake events. Participation in this is not mandatory for FIRST teams.
If you are interested in learning more about VHSL and robotics, please contact Ron Therrien, Asst Director of Programs, at
FIRST Chesapeake Mentoring Workshops Presented by MENTOR Virginia

Free for all FIRST Chesapeake mentors and volunteers.

Space is limited. Registration required

Participants will gain a solid understanding of: a mentor’s role, relationship-building techniques, stages of relationship development, reporting requirements, communication, setting boundaries, and the positive youth development framework. 

We welcome current and potential mentors and event volunteers, and anyone interested in improving their FIRST Chesapeake mentoring or youth development skills.

We are offering two sessions: