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  • Dec. 9--Education awards: Nominations are due for the 1995 American Heroes in Education Awards, sponsored by the Reader's Digest Association Inc. The program is a national program to honor teachers and principals who are making a difference in schools across America. Educators from 10 schools share $150,000. Individual teachers and principals, or teams of up to six educators, will receive $5,000, with an additional $10,000 going to their schools ongoing activities that encourage educational excellence. Contact: The Reader's Digest Association Inc., American Heroes in Education Awards, c/o Jan Braun, Program Manager, Reader's Digest Rd., Pleasantville, N.Y. 10572.
  • Dec. 9--Student contest: Applications are due for the "Letters About Literature" Essay Contest, sponsored by Read magazine and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Students in grades 6-10 are encouraged to write a letter of up to 1,000 words to the author of their favorite book, explaining how the book changed their outlook on life. Contact: Cathy Gourley, Weekly Reader Corporation, 245 Long Hill Rd., Middleton, Conn. 06457; (203) 638-2400.

Dec. 15--Astronomy: Nominations are due for the Thomas Brennan Award, sponsored by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. The award recognizes expectional achievement related to the teaching of astronomy at the high school level, whether made by an active teacher or someone who's work has had a substantial impact on high school astronomy teaching. Winners will receive an awards plaque, $250, and travel and lodging expenses for the A.S.P.'s summer meeting where the award will be presented. Contact: A.S.P., 390 Ashton Ave., San Francisco, Calif. 94112; (415) 337-1100, fax: (415) 337-5205.

Dec. 16--Student contest: Entries are due for the Weekly Reader Writing and Art Awards Contest, sponsored by Read magazine. The contest is open to students in grades 6-12. Students submissions may be in the categories of fiction, essay, and artwork. Fiction entries can be in any style, essay entries must be first-person, and artwork can be in any medium. Contact: Kate Davis, Read Writing and Art Awards, Weekly Reader Corporation, 245 Long Hill Rd., Middletown, Conn. 06457; (203)638-2406.

Dec. 20--Postsecondary education: The U.S. Department of Education is inviting applications for new awards under its Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary education-Innovative Projects for Community Service Program. The awards are distributed by the Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education with an estimated 29 awards ranging from $25,000 to $75,000 each. Contact: U.S.E.D., F.I.P.S.E., 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 3100, ROB-3, Washington, D.C. 20202-5175. (202) 205-0082 or (202) 708-5750.

Dec. 22--Education research: Applications are due for the Spencer Post-Doctoral Fellowships, sponsored by the National Academy of Education. Individuals who have received a doctorate or equivalent degree between Jan. 1, 1989, and Dec. 31, 1994, in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, or education, are eligible to submit research proposals that are directly relevant to education. Up to 30 fellowships will be awarded; fellows will each receive $40,000 for one academic year of research, or $20,000 for each of two contiguous years if working half time. Contact: N.A.E., Stanford University, School of Education, CERAS 507, Stanford, Calif. 94305-3084; (415) 725-1003.

Dec. 23--Poetry contest: Entries are due for the Ann Arlys Bowler Poetry Contest, sponsored by Read magazine. An award of $100 will go to each of six students who submit the best poems. Contact: Kate Davis, Ann Arlys Bowler Poetry Contest, Weekly Reader Corporation, 245 Long Hill Rd., Middletown, Conn. 06457; (203) 638-2406.

  • Jan. 9--Arts fellowship: Applications are due for the S.A.F./N.E.A. Regional Visual Arts Fellowships, sponsored by the Southern Arts Federation, in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Arts. An estimated 30 awards of $5,000 each will go to winners in the areas of sculpture, crafts, and photography. All applicants must submit an application and ten slides of recent work. Evaluation criteria will include artistic excellence, record of professional activity, and stage of the artist's development. Applicants must be residents of the S.A.F. service region (Ala., Fla., Ga., Ky., La., Miss., N.C., S.C., and Tenn.). Contact: S.A.F., 181 14th St. N.E., Suite 400, Atlanta, Ga. 30309; (404) 872-7244.
  • Jan. 9--Professional development: Applications are due for the 1995-96 Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowship, sponsored by the AAUW Education Foundation. The program is designed to enrich classroom teaching, encourage professional developement, and broaden educational opportunities for women. The program emphasis is on increasing girls' participation in math, science, and technology studies. Women classroom teachers who teach full time in grades K-12 are eligible to apply. Contact: AAUW Foundation, Department 14, 2201 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, Iowa 52243-4030. (319) 337-1716 ext.14.

Jan. 10--Children with disabilities: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for a new award under its Training Personnel for the Education of Individuals with Disabilities Program-Parent Training and Information Centers division. The award is intended to support training and information centers for parents of children with disabilities and persons who work with parents. An estimated 18 awards ranging from $100,000 to $300,000 each will be available to eligible parent organizations. Contact: Norm Howe, U.S.E.D., 600 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202-2651; (202) 205-9068; TDD: (202) 205-9999.

Jan. 13--Science: Entries are due for the thirteenth annual Duracell/N.S.T.A. Scholarship Competition, sponsored by Duracell and administerd by the National Science Teachers Association. The competition is open to all students grades 9-12 who are interested in designing and building a device powered by Duracell batteries. Devices should perform a practical function and can be designed to educate, entertain, or make life easier in some way. Each entry must be designed and built by the entrant. There will be 100 prize winners of U.S. Series EE Savings Bonds with values of between $100 - $20,000. Contact: Duracell/N.S.T.A. Scholarship Competition, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22201-3000; (703) 243-7100.

  • Jan. 15--Gardening: Presentations are due for the 1995 national youth-gardening symposium, sponsored by the American Horticultural Society. The symposium is seeking a broad spectrum of 30- to 60-minute workshops and 10-minute "new idea" presentations that describe youth-gardening programs at schools, public gardens, and community programs, from local to national, and from any number of perspectives. Contact: Maureen Heffernan, A.H.S., 7931 East Boulevard Dr., Alexandria, Va. 22308-1300; (800) 777-7931; fax: (703) 765-6032.
  • Jan. 15--Gifted students: Applications are due for the 1995 International Hollingworth Award Competition. Individuals and educational organizations are eligible to submit a research proposal in the field of education or psychology of gifted children and youths. The winner will be awarded a $2,000 cash grant and a certificate. For information on submission requirements, applicants must send a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Contact: Roxanne H. Cramer, Chairman, H.A.C., 4300 Sideburn Rd., Fairfax, Va. 22030-3507.
  • Jan. 15--Music contest: Entries are due for the annual national Young Composers Contest, sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs. The competition is divided into four categories: a sonata or comparable work for solo wind or string instrument, a work for a chorus, a composition for solo piano, and a composition for solo voice. The competition is open to members of the state Federation of Music Clubs, and entrants must be between 18 and 25 years old. Each composition must be accompanied by a $5 entry fee. First-prize winners will be awarded $1,000; second- and third-prize winners will receive a $500 award. Contact: Florence Marshall, National Contest Chairman, Y.C.C., 701 Whisperwood Trail, Fenton, Mich. 48430-2286; (810) 629-1369.

Jan. 17--Children with disabilities: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for a new award under its Early Education Program for Children with Disabilities. The award is intended to support activities designed to address the special needs of children with disabilities, from birth through age 8, and their families. An estimated 15 awards ranging from $120,000 to $140,000 each will be available to eligible public agencies or nonprofit private organizations. Contact: Sonya Jenkins, U.S.E.D., 600 Independence Ave., S.W., Switzer Bldg., Room 4617, Washington, D.C. 20202-2644; (202) 205-9077. TDD: Call the Federal Information Relay Service, (800) 877-8339.

Jan. 26--Science: Entries are due for the fifth annual TAPESTRY (Toyota's Appreciation Program for Excellence to Science Teachers Reaching Youth) grant program, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. and administered by the National Science Teachers Association. Forty grants totaling up to $400,000 will be available to teams of one to five science teachers grades 6-12, who propose innovative year-long projects that can be implemented in their school and or school district. Teachers are encouraged to submit proposals for projects in two categories: environmental education and physical science applications. Contact: TAPESTRY, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22201-3000; (703) 243-7100.

  • Jan. 27--Students with disabilities: The U.S. Department of Education is inviting applications for new awards under its Technology, Educational Media and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities Program. The awards are intended to support projects and centers for advancing the availability, quality, use, and effectiveness of technology, educational media and materials in the education of children and youth with disabilities and the provision of related services to infants and toddlers with disabilities. An estimated five grants averaging $300,000 for the first 12 months of the projects will be awarded to institutions of higher education, state and local educational agencies, public agencies, and private nonprofit or for-profit organizations. Contact: Darlene Crumblin, U.S.E.D., Room 3525, Switzer Bldg., 600 Independence Ave. S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202-2641; (202)205-8953. TDD: Call the Federal Information Relay Service, (800) 877-8339.
  • Jan. 27--Students with disabilities: The U.S. Department of Education is inviting applications for new awards under its Program for Children and Youth with Serious Emotional Distrubance. The awards are intended to support projects, including research projects, for the purpose of improving special education and related services to children and youth with serious emotional distrubance, and demonstration projects to provide services for children and youth serious emotional distrubance. An estimated four grants averaging $173,000 for the first 12 months of the projects will be awarded to institutions of higher education, state and local educational agencies, public and private nonprofit institutions or agencies. Contact: Darlene Crumblin, U.S.E.D., Room 3525, Switzer Bldg., 600 Independence Ave. S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202-2641; (202)205-8953. TDD: Call the Federal Information Relay Service, (800) 877-8339.
  • Jan. 27--Architecture-design contest: Entries are due for the sixth annual Natural Architecture Design Competition, sponsored by the New Jersey Institute for Technology. The theme of this year's competition is "A Fire Station for Your Community." All students attending high school in the United States are eligible to enter. Projects must be sponsored by a teacher, but all work must be done by the student. Projects can be free-hand or with the assistance of a computer. The top prize is a five-year, full-tuition scholarship to the N.J.I.T.'s school of architecture; the second prize is a five-year, half-tuition scholarship; four third-place winners will receive $250 cash prizes. Contact: Sandy Moore, High School Design Competition Coordinator, School of Architecture, N.J.I.T., University Heights, Newark, N.J. 07102-1982; (201) 596-3080; in New Jersey, (800) 222-NJIT; fax: (201) 596-8296.
  • Jan. 27--Media award: Entries are due for The Georgia Association of Educators 1995 School Bell Media Award. The School Bells recognizes Georgia media representatives who have demonstated excellence in communicating public education concerns. Entries in the categories of print, television, radio, and other media must have been published or broadcast between Jan. 1, 1994 and Dec. 3, 1994. Contact: Kevin Pearson, G.A.E. Communications School Bell Media Awards, 3951 Snapfinger Parkway, Decatur, Ga.30035; (404) 289-5867 ext. 333.

Jan. 30--Environmental award: Entries are due for The Anheuser-Busch Theme Park's 1995 "A Pledge and a Promise," Environmental Awards. The awards are part of a nationwide program that honors outstanding efforts of school groups who have made positive contributions to the environment. The program offers 13 awards totaling $100,000. Project entries will be judged in areas of environmental improvement, such as cleaning up polluted areas, educating others on environmental issues, and working with local groups and government agencies on land conservation projects. Contact: "A Pledge and a Promise" Environmental Awards, Sea World Education Department, 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando, Fla. 32821; (407) 363-2389.

  • Jan. 31--Travel scholarship: Entries are due for the second annual EF Ambassador Scholarship, sponsored by EF Educational Tours. Fifty U.S. students (one from each state) and 12 Canadian students (one from each province and territory) will be chosen to travel free through Europe. Students in grades 9-12 who have an idea to change their world--locally or globally--are encouraged to apply. Contact: Ambassador Scholarship, EF Educational Tours, 1 Memorial Dr., Cambridge, Mass. 02142.
  • Jan. 31--Travel scholarship: Entries are due for the EF American Classroom Teacher Award, sponsored by EF Educational Tours. Teachers of grades 4-12 who have inspired their students to become better American citizens are eligible for a travel scholarship. One U.S. teacher will be selected for the award and will travel on an educational tour of the United States or Canada with 10 deserving students. Contact: American Classroom Teacher Award, EF Educational Tours, 1 Memorial Dr., Cambridge, Mass. 02142.
  • Jan. 31--Travel scholarship: Entries are due for the EF Global Classroom Teacher Award, sponsored by EF Educational Tours. Teachers grades of 7-12 who have inspired their students to global awareness through formal or informal school programs are eligible. The award provides international-travel scholarships to one winning teacher and six deserving students in the United States or Canada. Contact: Global Classroom Teacher Award, EF Educational Tours, 1 Memorial Dr., Cambridge, Mass. 02142.
  • Jan. 31--'Ghostwriter' contest: Entries are due for the "Ghostwriter" Sweepstakes, sponsored by the Children's Television Workshop and "Creative Classroom." Elementary school teachers are invited to enter an anecdote describing how they use "Ghostwriter" in the classroom. The grand-prize winner will receive a complete set of 16 "Ghostwriter" videotapes with teachers' guides and "Ghostwriter" books. Contact: Tania Villarin, C.T.W., (212) 875-6630.
  • Feb. 1--Science: Entries are due for the third annual Toshiba/N.S.T.A. ExploraVision Awards, sponsored by Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association. The competition asks students K-12 to work in teams of three or four to predict what a form of technology would look like in 20 years. A teacher-advisor and an optional community advisor facilitate each team project. Twelve teams-four first-place teams and eigth second place teams-will be selected as national winners. Each student on the first-place teams wins a $10,000 savings bond; each second-place team member wins a $5,000 savings bond. Contact: Toshiba/N.S.T.A. ExploraVision Awards, National Science Teachers Association, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22201; (800) EXPLOR-9.
  • Feb. 1--Music award: Applications are due for the Wendell Irish Viola Award, sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs. Four awards of $700 each will be presented to each winner for continued study of viola with a teacher of the recipients choice. To be eligible, an entrant must have reached the 12th birthday, but the not the 19th birthday by March 1, 1995. He/she must be a Junior member or Junior special member. Contact: Dr. George Keck, 421 Cherry St., Arkadelphia, Ark. 71923-5116; (501) 246-5076.
  • Feb. 1--Student competition: Entries are due for the Pratt Institute's 1995 Talent Search scholarship competition, sponsored by the Pratt Institute. The 1995 scholarship winners will receive the scholarship for four years to attend Pratt Institute and transfer students will receive the scholarship for two years. The competion is open to high school seniors and transfer students applying to the institute. Contact: Jean Kiernan, Talent Search Competition, Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11205; (718) 636-3669 or (800) 331-0834.

Feb. 3--Poster contest: Entries are due for the fourth annual National Student Poster Contest, sponsored by the U.S. Savings Bond Program. The contest is for students in grades 4-6. This year's theme is "Invest in Your Future Today--Buy U.S. Savings Bonds." The winning poster from each state and the District of Columbia will be judged for the following nationwide awards: a $5,000 savings bond for first place, and $1,000 and $500 bonds for second and third places, respectively. Entries must be made through schools. Contact: National Student Poster Contest, Bureau of the Public Debt, Savings Bonds Marketing Office, Suite 800, 800 K St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20226.

Feb. 6--Science and technology awards: Entries are due for the NYNEX Science and Technology Awards, sponsored by the NYNEX Foundation and administered by the National Science Teachers Association. The competition offers an estimated $750,000 worth of scholarships to 36 teams of high school students in New York and New England. The competition invites students to devise practical solutions to community problems using science and technology. Judges will choose 12 finalist teams. Students on the first-place team will each be awarded a $15,000 scholarship; second-place team members will each be receive $10,000; and third-place team members, $5,000 scholarships. Students on the remaining nine finalists teams each receive $3,000 scholarships. Contact: (800) 9X-TEAMS.

  • Feb. 15--Music award: Applications are due for the Joyce Walsh Junior Scholarship for the Handicapped, sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs. Music students with a visual or physical disability may compete for $3,400 in scholarship funds. The first-place winner will receive a scholarship for $750, and the second place winner, $250, for the purpose of musical study. To be eligible, an entrant must have reached the 12th birthday, but the not the 19th birthday by March 1, 1995. He/she must be a Junior member or Junior special member. Contact: Joyce Walsh, 905 Dial Dr., Kennett, Mo. 63857; (314) 888-3347.
  • Feb. 15--Public-service awards: Nominations are due for the 1994 Public Service Excellence Awards, sponsored by the Public Employees Roundtable. The awards are directed to groups and organizations, not individuals, to pay tribute to government employees whose achievements exhibit the highest standard of dedication, excellence, and accomplishment. Contact: P.E.R., P.O. Box 14270, Washington, D.C. 20044-4270; (202) 927-5000.

Feb. 28--Student scholarships: Applications are due for the Horace Mann Scholar awards, sponsored by the Horace Mann Companies. The company will present a $20,000 college scholarship to its "Horace Mann Scholar," and a $4,000 award to three other outstanding students. High school seniors who are legal dependents of public school or college employees are eligible. Contact: Horace Mann Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 20490, Springfield, Ill. 62708.

  • March 1--Teachers: Nominations are due for the Fourth Annual Teacher Induction Program into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. Five teachers will be selected for induction. Candidates must have (or have had) at least 15 years of classroom teaching as their responsibility in grades pre-kindergarten through high school. Candidates may be active or retired and must be (or have been) certified public or non-public school teachers. All nominations must be submitted on an official nomination form. Contact: N.T.H.O.F., 1320 C of E Dr., Emporia, Kan. 66801; (800) 96-TEACH, fax: (316) 341-5744.
  • March 1--Arts education: Entries are due for the 1995 Young Writer's Award, sponsored by Heldref Publications. Entrants must under 35 and are asked to write a paper on any subject concerning K-12 arts education policy. The winner will receive a $500 prize and the paper will be published in Arts Education Policy Review. Contact: Arts Education Policy Review Competitions, Heldref Publications, 1319 Eighteenth St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-1802; (202) 296-6267, fax: (202) 296-5149.
  • March 1--Arts education: Entries are due for the 1995 Reston Prize, sponsored by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, National Association of Schools of Dance, National Association of Schools of Music, and National Association of Schools of Theatre. A $1,000 prize will be awarded to the best paper analyzing policy-based relationships between K-12 arts education and higher education. Papers must be 3,500-4,500 words in length and previously unpublished. Contact: Arts Education Policy Review Competitions, Heldref Publications, 1319 Eighteenth St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-1802; (202) 296-6267, fax: (202) 296-5149.
  • March 15--School contest: Entries are due for the A+dvanced Learning System or A+LS software drawing, sponsored by the American Education Corporation. The names of 25 schools will drawn; each will be awarded $10,500 worth of A.E.C.'s learning software. All entries must be on the school's letterhead. Each school will receive free demonstration disks of A+LS products. Contact: A.E.C., 7605 North Broadway Extn., Oklahoma City, Okla. 73116; (800) 34-APLUS.
  • March 15--Student contest: Entries are due for the seventh annual Student Editorial Cartoon Contest, sponsored by NewsCurrents. All elementary, middle, and high school students are eligible to enter the contest. One First Prize winner, two Second Prize winners, and two Third Prize winners will be chose from grade categories of K-6, 7-9, and 10-12. The top 100 cartoons will appear in Editorial Cartoons by Kids, 1995, a softcover book. Contact: NewsCurrents Editorial Cartoon Contest, P.O. Box 52, Madison, Wis. 53701.
  • March 15--Summer seminars: The National Endowment of the Humanities Division of Fellowships and Seminars is inviting applications for summer seminars on a variety of texts in the humanities for four, five, or six week during the summer of 1995. Full-time or regular part-time teachers, at public, private, or parochial schools, grades 7-12, as well as other school personnel, K-12, are encouraged to apply. All teachers selected to participate will be awarded stipends of $2,450, $2,825, or $3,200 each, depending on the length of the seminar. Contact: Public Information Office, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20506; (202) 606-8400.
  • March 15--Student contest: Entries are due for the MEGAGAME 2000 contest, sponsored by Phantastic Phinds for Phys Ed and US Games. Physical Education students grades 7-12 are asked to develop a new, futuristic game they believe will be the hottest game to come. All game entries must be original in design. The winning entry will receive $100,000 worth of free sporting equipment. Entry forms may be obtained by sending a S.A.S.E. to: Phantastic Phinds for Phys Ed, MEGAGAME 2000, 72532 Edgehill Dr., Suite #2, Palm Desert, Calif. 92260.

March 31--Recycling scholarship: Entries are due for the 1995 Mid-America Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Scholarship Program. Students must write an essay of 750 to 1000 words demonstrating the 1994-95 program theme of "Recycling Á A 21st Century Reality." High school seniors in Missouri, eastern Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and southern Illinois are eligible to compete for more than $1,500 in scholarship money. Contact: Corporate Strategies, 11861 Westline Industrial Dr., Suite 200, St. Louis, Mo. 63146; (314) 997-0037; fax: (314) 997-1357.

April 1--Art scholarship: Entries are due for the Tandy Leather 1995 Art Scholarship, sponsored by the Tandy Leather Company. Entrants must create a work of art made of at least 50 percent leather. The item may be flat, freestanding, wearable, or functional. First prize is $2,000, second prize $1,500, third prize $1,000, and fourth prize $500. Scholarships are available to high school seniors attending any public, private, or religious school. Contact: T.L.C., 1400 Evernman Parkway, Fort Worth, Tex. 76140.

April 3--Poster/essay contest: Entries are due for the 1995 Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 7-Eleven Poster and Essay Contest. The contest is open to students grades 1-12. The contest theme this year is "Take a Drive on the Safe Side--Steer Clear of Alcohol." National first-place winners will receive a $1,000 savings bond and a trip to the awards ceremony next June in Dallas, Tex. National second-place winners will receive a $500 savings bond, and national third-place winners will receive a $250 savings bond. Contact: MADD National Office: (214) 744-6233.

April 15--Playwright contest: Entries are due for the 1995 Young Playwrights Program's "call for scripts," sponsored by Very Special Arts. Students ages 12 to 18 are invited to submit a play script that incorporates some aspect of disability. The young playwright whose scripts are chosen will travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in final rehearsals and attend the play's production at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Contact: Young Playwrights Program Program, V.S.A., Education Office, J.F.K.C.P.A., Washington, D.C. 20566; (202) 628-2800; TDD: (202) 737-0645.

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