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STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

Sept. 15--Music: Entries are due for the Very Special Arts Soloists Awards. The program was established to recognize exceptional young musicians with disabilities. The award provides scholarship funds and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Young musicians, ages 25 and under, with disabilities are invited to apply. Contact: Very Special Arts, (800) 933-8721; TDD: (202) 737-0645.
Nov. 1--Essay contest: Entries are due for the "National Conversation" essay contest. Students, grades 10-12, are asked to respond in 350 words or less to the question, "What does it mean to be an American?" The contest, sponsored by the Voice of America and the National Endowment for the Humanities, will honor the top 10 winners with a trip to Washington, D.C., to read their essays on the V.O.A. airwaves. Contact: Carolyn Naifeh, V.O.A., (202) 205-9663; or Candace Katz, N.E.H., (202) 606-8623.
Nov. 15--Gardening grants: Applications are due for the 13th Annual Youth Garden Grants Program. The program, sponsored by the National Gardening Association, will award 300 grants to applicants nationwide for use during the 1996 growing season. Each grant, worth more than $500, consists of tools, seeds, plants, and garden products. Programs involving at 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18 are eligible. Contact: Garden Grants, Department PS, N.G.A., 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington, Vt. 05401; (800) 538-7476.
Dec. 18--Poster contest: Entries are due for the 1996 Reading Is Fundamental Inc. National Poster Contest. The contest will recognize art that best conveys RIF's 30th-anniversary theme, "Big on Books." Children in RIF programs, grades K-12, are eligible. Winners will be announced in January. The contest winner and immediate family will receive an expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to be honored at an awards ceremony in April and they will also receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond. Contact: Janet Frick, RIF, 600 Maryland Ave., S.W., Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20024; (202) 287-3263.

TEACHER FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

Oct. 27--Art: Applications are due for the Fifth Performing Arts Centers and Schools: Partners in Education Institute, which will be held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., April 24-28, 1996. The purpose of the institute, funded by the U.S. Education Department, is to promote school-community partnerships in the performing arts, with special focus on the education of teachers. Up to 14 two-person teams consisting of a representative from a performing-arts center and a neighboring school system will be selected for participation. Contact: Performing Arts Centers and Schools Program, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. 20566-0004; fax: (202) 416-8802.

Oct. 31--Foreign teachers' fellowships: The National Endowment for the Humanities is now inviting applications for its 1996 summer fellowship program for K-12 foreign-language teachers. Stipends of $3,750 each will be provided for six weeks' study abroad. Applicants must have three years' full-time K-12 teaching experience, with at least one-half of the teaching schedule in foreign languages during each of those years; be employed by a U.S. school or U.S. school abroad; and have the intent to teach foreign languages at least five more years. Former winners of the program and teachers of English as a second language and bilingual education are not eligible. Contact: N.E.H. Fellowship Program for F.L. Teachers K-12, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London, Conn. 06320-4196; (203) 439-2282; fax: (203) 439-5341.



OTHER DEADLINES

Sept. 1--Academic leadership: Nominations are due for the 15th Annual Leadership for Learning Awards, sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators and Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association. Parents, teachers, administrators, and community members nationwide are invited to nominate superintendents and innovative student-achievement programs. A $4,000 cash award is available in each of three categories of school district: rural, suburban, and urban. Contact: Darlene Pierce, A.A.S.A., (703) 875-0736.
Sept. 15--Environmental awards: Entries are due for the Phillips Environmental Partnership Awards, sponsored by the Phillips Petroleum Company. The awards target primary and secondary schools and adult nonprofit community organizations and nature centers. Awards ranging from $500 to $5,000 will be given in five categories: wildlife and habitat; water; parks and school grounds; recycling; and other. Contact: P.P.C., PEP Program, 16D1 PB, Bartlesville, Okla. 74004.
Dec. 20--Career-education award: Applications are due for the American Association for Career Education Awards for Excellence and Innovation. The a.a.c.e. Citations for Career Education Initiatives are offered in 16 categories, including student, staff, and employee education, training, counseling, management, assessment, evaluation, and research. Contact: Pat Nellor Wickwire, A.A.C.E., 2900 Amby Place, Hermosa Beach, Calif. 90254-2216; (310) 376-7378.

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