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The assistance that The Cairns Foundation provided for our wheel-weight-tool inventions was instrumental in turning our ideas into marketable, profitable products. It’s exciting and...
Russell & Kim Barnhart
Daytona Beach, FL
When I think of the positive effect the Cairns Foundation financial assistance has had on my academic experience, my face lights up with joy. The scholarship has been a blessing in my...
Joel M.
Daytona Beach, FL
The Cairns Foundation was established in 2003 by James L. Cairns.   The mission of the Foundation is to identify and give a life-changing boost for bright, creative young persons who otherwise might never attain their full potential.   To fulfill its mission, the Foundation:

·          Provides financial support to outstanding students whose urgent financial needs threaten to deny them the benefits of higher education; and

·        Through mentoring and funding, aids young inventors to realize the technical and commercial successes of their creations.

For more information about the Innovation Challenge please contact us at
386-872-3100 or 386-872-3101

Applications must be submitted to

Please click on the INNOVATION CHALLENGE tab for more details and application requirements.

Final pitch event on April 5, 2017 by invitation only.

Finalists from the four schools will present their innovative ideas to a group of local investors, providing the student entrepreneurs with a possible opportunity to advance their technology's commercialization through early-stage funding.

"If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it." - Margaret Fuller, writer (1810-1850)
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