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Feb. 28--Fiction contest: Submissions are due for the 15th annual fiction contest, sponsored by Highlights for Children magazine. Three winners will receive $1,000 each for the best previously unpublished action/adventure fiction for children. Stories should not exceed 900 words, and should not contain violence, crime, or derogatory humor. Contact: F.C., H.F.C., 803 Church St., Honesdale, Pa. 18431; (717) 253-1080.

Feb. 28--Geography: Entries are due for the fifth annual American Express Geography Competition, sponsored by the American Express Philanthropic Program, for students in grades 6-12. Eighteen teams of students will share the $100,000 in prize money. Contact: (800) 395-GLOBE.

March 1--Arts education: Applications are due for the Reston Prize, sponsored by Arts Education Policy Review, to recognize the best policy paper on the relationship between K-12 arts education and higher education. Applicants should submit a previously unpublished manuscript of 3,500 to 4,000 words. The winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication in the review. Contact: R.P., A.E.P.R., Heldref Publications, 1319 18th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-1802.

March 1--Arts education: Applications are due for the Young Writers' Award, sponsored by Arts Education Policy Review, to recognize the best policy paper on any subject concerning K-12 arts education. Entrants must be under 35 years old and submit a previously unpublished manuscript of 3,500 to 4,000 words. Winners will receive a $500 prize and publication in the review. Contact: Y.W.A., A.E.P.R., Heldref Publications, 1319 18th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-1802.

March 1--Epilepsy scholarship: Applications are due for the third annual Parke-Davis Epilepsy Scholarship Program. High school seniors with epilepsy who have excelled in both academics and extracurricular activities are encouraged to apply. Fourteen winners will share $42,000 in grants and attend a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Contact: Susanna Silverman, P.D. E.S.P., c/o Intramed, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N.Y. 10036; (800) 972-7503.

March 1--History and social studies: Applications are due for the 1994 James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation awards, for in-service high school teachers of American history, American government, and social studies and for graduating or recently graduated collegians who wish to become secondary school teachers of these subjects. The $24,000 awards cover tuition, fees, books, and room and board associated with study leading to master's degrees in American history or political science or education with concentrations in the framing, principles, and history of the U.S. Constitution. Stipends cover five years of part-time study by teachers or two years of full-time study by recent baccalaureates. At least one fellowship is awarded annually to a recipient in each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and, taken together, the other territories. Contact: James Madison Memorial Fellowship Program, P.O. Box 4030, Iowa City, Iowa, 52243-4030; (800) 525-6928; fax: (319) 337-1204.

March 1--School libraries: Applications are due for the 1994 Leadership Development Grant, sponsored by the International Association of School Librarianship, to encourage school-library leadership in developing countries. The grant will enable the winner to attend the 1995 I.A.S.L. conference in Nigeria. Contact: The Secretariate, I.A.S.L., P.O. Box 19856, Kalamazoo, Mich. 49019.

March 1--Music: Applications are due for the Brevard Music Center Scholarship, sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs. One $1,850 scholarship will be awarded for six weeks of summer study at the music center in Brevard, N.C. The competition is open to students of band and orchestral instruments who must have reached their 13th but not their 21st birthday by March 1 of the contest year. Contact: Mrs. Robert E.L. Freeman, 30 Heathwood Circle, Columbia, S.C. 29205; (803) 256-1090.

March 1--Summer seminars: The Division of Fellowships and Seminars of the National Endowment for the Humanities is inviting applications for summer seminars on a variety of texts in the humanities. Full-time or regular part-time teachers of grades 7-12 at public, private, or parochial schools are invited to apply for one seminar. For each seminar, 15 teachers will be awarded stipends of $2,450, $2,825, or $3,200 each, depending on the length of the seminar. Contact: Public Information Office, N.E.H., 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20506; (202) 606-8443.

March 1--Teacher recognition: Applications are due for the third annual Teacher Induction Program, sponsored by the National Teachers Hall of Fame. Candidates eligible for induction must have classroom-teaching experience in prekindergarten through 12th grade, and must be, or have been, certified public or nonpublic school teachers. Five teachers will be selected for induction at a ceremony in Emporia, Kan. Contact: N.T.H.F., 1320 C of E Drive, Emporia, Kan. 66801; (800) 96-TEACH or (316) 341-5660.

March 11--Indian education: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Formula Grant Program of the Indian Education Act of 1988, to supplement projects that meet the special-education and culturally related academic needs of American Indian children. An estimated 1,203 awards ranging from $580 to $1,430,000 each will be awarded to local educational agencies, certain schools operated by Indian tribes, and organizations that received funds under this program in fiscal 1988. Contact: Sandra Spaulding, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 2177, Washington, D.C. 20202-6335.

March 11--Special education: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Knowledge Dissemination and Utilization Program, to support activities that will insure that rehabilitation knowledge generated from projects and centers funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research is fully utilized to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. An estimated one award of $250,000 will be awarded to a public or private nonprofit or for-profit agency or organization. Contact: Dianne Villines, U.S.E.D., Switzer Building, Room 3417, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202-2704; (202) 205-9141; TDD: (202) 205-8887.

March 11--Student scholarships: Applications are due for the M.C.I. International Scholar Awards, for bilingual students attending New York City and Los Angeles Unified School District public high schools. Twenty scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded to students who are fluent in two or more languages, will be graduating in spring of 1994, and have plans to pursue studies in telecommunications, marketing, international or general business, computer science, communications, or engineering. Contact: MCI, 1200 South Hayes St., Arlington, Va., 22202.

  • March 14--Educational opportunity: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Educational Opportunity Centers program, which provides grants for projects designed to provide information on available financial aid and academic assistance for postsecondary education, and to assist individuals in applying for admission to postsecondary institutions. An estimated 65 grants ranging from $180,000 to $750,000 each will be awarded to institutions of higher education, public and private agencies and organizations, and combinations of institutions, agencies, and organizations. Contact: Margaret Wingfield, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 5065, Washington, D.C. 20202-5249; (202) 708-4804.

March 15--Cartooning: Entries are due for the 1994 Student Editorial Cartoon Contest, sponsored by NewsCurrents magazine. Students in grades K-12 are invited to submit original cartoons on any subject of nationwide interest. Twenty-one winners will receive savings bonds ranging from $50 to $100. Contact: N.C. Magazine, P.O. Box 52, Madison, Wis. 53701; (800) 356-2303 or (608) 836-6660.

  • March 15--Cursive handwriting: Entries are due for the National Awards Contests for Cursive Handwriting, sponsored by Peterson Directed Handwriting. Students in grades 3-8 should submit a sample paragraph that includes at least four lines of writing and a minimum of 64 letters. One winner for each grade level will receive a $50 savings bond and a certificate. Contact: P.D.H., 315 South Maple Ave., P.O. Box 249, Greensburg, Pa. 15601-0249.

March 15--Drug-abuse prevention: Registration is due for the "Murals Reflecting Prevention'' program, sponsored by Learning Systems Group and Very Special Arts. Participating teachers of students in grades 1-12 will receive free educational materials including a project packet and video, featuring age-appropriate information on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug education, as well as suggestions for creating portable or traditional wall murals. Contact: L.S.G./V.S.A., 1331 F St., N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004; (202) 628-8080; TDD: (202) 737-0645.

  • March 15--Foreign language: Applications are due for the National Arabic Language and Culture Institute, sponsored by Ohio State University and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Thirty-five teachers will be selected to attend the institute, which is intendend to instruct teachers in the development and use of methods to integrate Arabic language and culture into the existing curricula. Secondary school teachers of all foreign languages are encouraged to apply; knowledge of Arabic is not required. Contact: N.A.L.C.I., O.S.U., 256 Cunz Hall, 1841 Millikin Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43210-1229; (614) 292-3129.

March 15--Teacher education: Applications are due for the Teacher Education Equity Project, sponsored by the City University of New York, to assist professors of teacher education in addressing gender equity in mathematics, science, and technology education in the preparation of future teachers. Teacher-educators in math, science, and technology, in teams of one to three per college or university, are invited to apply. Sixty teacher-educators or teams will each receive a $750 grant to be used for project-related activities, two expense-paid seminars, and materials and resources designed to help incorporate gender equity into the classroom. Contact: T.E.E.P., Center for Advanced Study in Education, C.U.N.Y. Graduate Center, 25 West 43rd St., Suite 400, New York, N.Y. 10036; (212) 642-2672.

  • March 18--Field research: Applications are due for scholarships for the Teacher Research Participation Program, sponsored by the University of California at Berkeley. The scholarships are intended to bring teachers into the field for research and scientific discovery through the University Research Expeditions Program. California teachers of grades 6-12 who teach at least one course in the natural or social sciences are invited to apply. Contact: U.R.E.P., U.C.B., Berkeley, Calif. 94720; (510) 642-6586.
  • March 18--Student internships: Applications are due for summer internships at the Smithsonian Institution, to be held June 26-Aug. 6 in Washington, D.C. Graduating high school seniors may apply for internships in various departments of the institution, in areas including biology, journalism, photography, history, veterinary science, art, carpentry, library science, and computer science. Thirty students will be selected; each will receive a living allowance of $700 and housing in a college dormitory. Applications must be requested by March 11. Contact: Intern '94, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Mailroom Code 444, S.I., Washington, D.C. 20560; (2020 357-3049.
  • March 31--Essay contest: Entries are due for the National Student Zinc Essay Contest, sponsored by the American Zinc Association and the U.S. Bureau of Mines. Students in grades 7-12 are invited to submit a five- to 10-page essay on the importance of zinc in our society and daily lives. One winner from grades 7-9, and one from grades 10-12, will each receive a $200 savings bond and will be flown to Washington, D.C., for a two-day visit and a photo session with the director of the Bureau of Mines. A $100 donation will also be made to the science department of each winner's school. Contact: N.S.Z.E.C., P.O. Box 65748, Washington, D.C. 20035.
  • March 31--Teacher recognition: Nominations are due for the 10th annual Sallie Mae First-Class Teacher Award. Superintendents of public schools, and the highest-ranking officials of private schools, are invited to each nominate one certified teacher who began his or her teaching career on or after Jan. 1, 1993. Approximately 50 award winners will each receive a $1,500 check and mention in a special education supplement of U.S.A. Today. Contact: S.M.F.C.T.A., 1050 Thomas Jefferson St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007-3871; (202) 298-3019.

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