Numerous companies and organizations generously support the Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Challenge program with their money, time and expertise:

2012-2013 Corporate Partners







2012-2013 Challenge Partners

Each year, we have one official partner for each Spirit of Innovation Challenge category to provide expert mentors, judges for submissions and opportunities for students, such as speaking at national conferences, internships and career opportunities.

AIAA’s mission is to address the professional needs and interests of the past, current, and future aerospace workforce and to advance the state of aerospace science, engineering, technology, operations, and policy to benefit our global society.
ASN ASN advances excellence in nutrition research and practice through its publications, education, public affairs, and membership programs.
   Sigma Xi is the international  honor society of research scientists and engineers with 60,000 members in 100 countries, including more than 200 Nobel Laureates.  Since 1886, the Society has been unique in promoting a spirit of cooperation among researchers in every field of science and technology.  The Society's mission is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering and promote the public's understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition.


2012-2013 Champions


About Communities In Schools

Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.  Through a school-based site coordinator, Communities In Schools connects students and their families with critical community resources, tailored to local needs.  Working in nearly 3,000 schools, in the most challenged communities in 25 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools serves more than 1.3 million young people and their families every year.  It has been shown through an independent evaluation to be the nation’s only dropout prevention organization proven to both increase graduation rates and reduce dropout rates. 




About The National Academy Foundation

The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is an acclaimed network of career-themed academies that open doors for underserved high school students to viable careers. For 30 years, NAF has refined a proven model that provides young people access to industry-specific curricula, work-based learning experiences, and relationships with business professionals. NAF academies focus on one of five career themes: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences. Employees of more than 2,500 companies volunteer in classrooms, act as mentors, engage NAF students in paid internships, and serve on local advisory boards. During the 2011-12 school year, 500 NAF academies serve 60,000 students across 39 states, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NAF’s national graduation rate of 97% testifies to the effectiveness this effort.




About the National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology

The NCSSSMST was established in 1988 to provide a forum for schools to exchange information and program ideas and to evolve alliances between them. As of  June, 2010 there were  over 100 institutional members (secondary schools), representing more than 40,000 students and 1,600 educators. These are joined by nearly 100 affiliate members (colleges, universities, summer programs, foundations, and corporations) who share the goals of transforming mathematics, science, and technology education.