Westerville middle school and high school teachers and student science projects, activities and experiences now may be funded by grants from the Sarah Krause Memorial Science Fund.

Westerville middle school and high school teachers and student science projects, activities and experiences now may be funded by grants from the Sarah Krause Memorial Science Fund.

Since 2005, the fund has awarded college scholarships to Westerville North High School science students.

Now, in honor of Krause, an outstanding student and musician who led WNHS's Science Olympiad team, money will be granted for science projects and other activities.

Awards are given in two granting periods: fall and spring. The fall deadline is Sept. 15.

Proposed projects must center on learning about natural sciences and have the potential to excite interest in that science.

Krause died in September 2004 at age 16. Her family and friends established the science fund to memorialize her adventurous spirit and her excitement about natural sciences.

Grant criteria and the application are available online at www.sarahkrause.com.

Two area students recently attended a selective four-day mentoring program at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University.

Adventures of the Mind, referred to as the "Davos for High-Schoolers," brings together students and influential figures in business, science, literature and entertainment.

Sarah Shaffer of Westerville, a student at the Columbus School for Girls, and Kasun Waidyaratne of Dublin Coffman High School, were among the 150 students chosen to attend the summit.

Among the guests at the summit were former United States Poets Laureate Billy Collins and Rita Dove; dance legend Jacques d'Amboise, environmental artist Christo and eight Nobel Prize winners.

Students are nominated to attend Adventures of the Mind each year by teachers and counselors, who base their nominations on academic achievement and potential.