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  • 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 in 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 by 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. It is open to members of the state chapters of Federation of Music Clubs; entrants must be between 18 and 25 years of age. 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.

17--Children with disabilities: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Early Education Program for Children with Disabilities. The awards are 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 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: (800) 877-8339.

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.

  • 27--Students with disabilities: The U.S. Education Department 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 youths 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: (800) 877-8339.
  • 27--Students with disabilities: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Program for Children and Youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance. The awards are intended to support projects, including research projects, for improving special education and related services to children and youths with serious emotional distrubance, and demonstration projects to provide services for children and youths with 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, and 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: (800) 877-8339.
  • 27--Architecture scholarships: 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 for the competition. Projects must be sponsored by a teacher from the entering student's school, but all work must be done by the student. Projects can be done freehand 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, and 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.
  • 27--Media award: Entries are due for the Georgia Association of Educators 1995 School Bell Media Award. The School Bell Award 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 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.

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.

  • 31--Ambassador 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.
  • 31--American classroom award: 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 a educational tour of the United States or Canada with 10 students. Contact: American Classroom Teacher Award, EF Educational Tours, 1 Memorial Dr., Cambridge, Mass. 02142.
  • 31--Global classroom award: Entries are due for the EF Global Classroom Teacher Award, sponsored by EF Educational Tours. Teachers of grades 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 students in the United States and Canada. Contact: Global Classroom Teacher Award, EF Educational Tours, 1 Memorial Dr., Cambridge, Mass. 02142.
  • 31--Teacher sweepstakes: Entries are due for the "Ghostwriter" Sweepstakes, sponsored by the Children's Television Workshop and Creative Classroom magazine. Elementary school teachers are invited to enter an anecdote describing how they use the PBS series, "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.

February

  • 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.
  • 1--Science fellowship: Applications are due for the Wright Fellowship Program, sponsored by Wright Center for Science Education at Tufts University. Secondary school teachers of science are eligible for the yearlong fellowship and a salary of $35,000 plus benefits. Contact: W.C.S.E., T.U., 4 Colby St., Medford, Mass. 02155; (617) 628-5000, ext. 5394.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 3--Postbaccalaureate award: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. The purpose of the award is to provide grants for higher-education institutions to prepare low-income, first-generation college students and students from groups underrepresented in graduate education for doctoral study. There are an estimated 92 awards ranging from $190,000 to $250,000 per year. Contact: Eileen S. Bland, Special Services Branch, Division of Student Services, U.S.E.D., 600 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202-5249; (202) 708-4804; TDD: (800) 877-8339.
  • 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 judged for nationwide awards: a $5,000 savings bond for first place and $1,000 and $500 bonds for second and third place. Entries must be made through schools. Contact: N.S.P.C., Bureau of the Public Debt, Savings Bonds Marketing Office, Suite 800, 800 K St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20226.

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.

7--Educational-press awards: Entries are due for the 1995 EdPress Awards, sponsored by the Educational Press Association of America. Entries must have been published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 1994, and must be sent in duplicate. Entries must be in the following categories: feature article, personality profile, one-theme issue, series, department, interview, editorial, news story, learned article, or fiction. Awards for editorial and design excellence are also considered. Contact: EdPress Awards, Rowan College of New Jersey, 201 Mullica Hill Rd., Glassboro, N.J. 08028-1701; (609) 256-4610.

  • 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 or she must be a junior member or junior special member. Contact: Joyce Walsh, 905 Dial Dr., Kennett, Mo. 63857; (314) 888-3347.
  • 15--Public-service award: 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.
  • 28--Interpreter training: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf and Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind Program. The awards are intended to train a sufficient number of skilled interpreters to meet the communication needs of those who are deaf or deaf-blind. There are an estimated 11 awards ranging from $120,000 to $160,000 each for regional projects, and an estimated two awards from $250,000 to $300,000 each for national projects. Public and private nonprofit agencies and organizations, including institutions of higher education, are eligible. Contact: Victor Galloway, U.S.E.D., 600 Independence Ave., S.W., Room 3228, Switzer Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20202-2736; (202) 205-9152; TDD: (202) 205-8352.
  • 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. Those eligible are high school seniors who are legal dependents of public school or college employees. 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.
  • 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, H.P., 1319 18th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-1802; (202) 296-6267; fax: (202) 296-5149.
  • 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 to 4,500 words in length and previously unpublished. Contact: Arts Education Policy Review Competitions, Heldref Publications, 1319 18th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-1802; (202) 296-6267; fax: (202) 296-5149.
  • 1--Music contest: Entries are due for the Lynn Freeman Olson Composition Awards, sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs. Awards totaling $3,000 will be made in three categories: junior (grades 7-9), $500; student (grades 10-12), $1000; and adult (high school graduate through age 25), $1,500. Contact: James Schnars, National Chairman, L.F.O.C.A., 160 Cabrini Blvd., New York, N.Y. 10033.
  • 1--Research fellowship: Applications are due for the Short-term Resident Fellowships for Individual Research sponsored by the Newberry Library in Chicago, Ill. The fellowships are designed primarily to help provide access to Newberry resources for people who live beyond commuting distance. Preference is given to applicants from outside the Chicago area whose research particularly requires study at the Newberry. The fellowships are given in any field appropriate to the Newberry's collections; appointments carry stipends of $800 per month for up to two months. Contact: Committe on Awards, N.L., 60 West Walton St., Chicago, Ill. 60610-3380.

13--Youth-rehabilitation services: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Special Projects and Demonstrations for Providing Transitional Rehabilitation Services to Youths With Disablities Program. The awards are designed to provide job training for youths with disabilities to prepare them for entry into the labor force, including competitive or supported employment. There are an estimated 10 awards averaging $200,000 available to eligible states and other public and nonprofit private agenices and organizations. Contact: Pamela Martin, U.S.E.D., 600 Independence Ave., S.W., Room 3414 MES, Washington, D.C. 20202-2741; (202) 205-9343; TDD: (800) 877-8339.

  • 15--School software 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 be drawn, and each will be awarded $10,500 worth of the company's learning software. All entries must be on the school's letterhead to be considered. Contact: A.E.C., 7605 North Broadway Extn., Oklahoma City, Okla. 73116; (800) 34APLUS.
  • 15--Student cartoon contest: Entries are due for the seventh annual Student Editorial Cartoon Contest, sponsored by NewsCurrents. All elementary, middle, and high school students are eligible. One first-prize winner, two second-prize winners, and two third-prize winners will be chosen from the 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.
  • 15--Summer humanities seminars: The National Endowment for the Humanities' division of fellowships and seminars is inviting applications for seminars on a variety of texts in the humanities for four, five, or six weeks during the summer of 1995. Full-time or regular part-time teachers of grades 7-12, at public, private, or parochial schools, as well as other K-12 school personnel, 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, N.E.H., 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20506; (202) 606-8400.
  • 15--Student game contest: Entries are due for the Megagame 2000 contest, sponsored by Phantastic Phinds for Phys Ed and U.S. Games. Physical-education students in grades 7-12 are asked to develop a new, futuristic game. All entries must be original in design. The winning entry will receive $100,000 worth of free sporting equipment for the school. Entry forms may be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: P.P.P.E., Megagame 2000, 72532 Edgehill Dr., Suite 2, Palm Desert, Calif. 92260.
  • March 31--Student essay contest: Entries are due for the William J. Gage National Student Zinc Essay Contest sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Mines and the American Zinc Association. Students in grades 7-12 are invited to participate by writing a five- to 10-page essay about zinc and its uses in everyday life. Two winners--one from grades 7-9 and one from grades 10-12--will each receive a $200 U.S. Savings Bond and a two-day trip to Washington, D.C., during the summer. Contact: A.Z.A., Suite 240, 1112 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C.; (202) 835-0164.
  • 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 1,000 words demonstrating the 1994-95 program theme of "Recycling--A 21st Century Reality." High school seniors from the region comprising Missouri,eastern Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and southern Illnois are eligible to compete for more than $1,500 in scholarship money. Contact: Corporate Strategies, 11861 Westline Ind. 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, free standing, wearable, or functional. A first prize-winner will receive $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.

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.

15--Playwright contest: Entries are due for the 1995 Young Playwrights Program "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 playwrights whose scripts are chosen will travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in final rehearsals and attend their plays' production at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Contact: Y.P.P., 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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