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  • Student leadership: The Center for Field Services and Studies at the University of Massachussetts in Lowell requests abstracts/proposals for papers on student leadership in schools, K-12, to be considered for publication in a new journal. Possible topics include: technology, governance, service learning, academic support, peer tutoring, curriculum, philanthropy. Also looking for review of literature, resource guide, and annotated bibliography. Proposal or outline should not exceed three pages.There is no specific deadline for proposal, but the Center asks that they be submitted as soon as possible. Contact: Judith Boccia, CFSS, U.Mass., 1 University Ave., Lowell, Mass. 01854; (508) 934-4650; fax: (508) 934-3002; e-mail:


  • Dec. 1--ACM97 essay contest: Entries are due for the "ACM97 Vision of the Future" essay contest, sponsored by Popular Science magazine and the Association for Computing. Essays must be on the subject of "how computer technology will change our lives over the next 50 years" and must be no longer than 1,500 words. The contest is open to all students in grades 9-12. Three winning essayists will each receive a $2,500 scholarship for college and a trip to the ACM97 interactive conference in San Jose, Calif. Contact: ACM97 Vision of the Future, P.O. Box 12114, Church Street Station, New York, N.Y. 10257.

Dec. 17--Auto skills contest: Entries are due for the 1997 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills National Quality Care Challenge, sponsored by Ford Motor Co. and the American Automobile Association. The contest for high school senior automotive-service students will award more than $3 million in scholarships and prizes. To qualify students will take a state-level auto skills written test in February and March and compete in a statewide hands-on competition in April and May. Contact: Student Auto Skills, Mail Stop 75, 1000 AAA Drive, Heathrow, Fla. 32746-8030; (407) 444-8378.

  • Jan. 15--Duracell/NSTA scholarship contest: Entries are due for the 1997 Duracell/NSTA Scholarship Competition, sponsored by Duracell USA and the National Science Teachers Association. Students in grades 9-12 are asked to design and build working devices powered by Duracell batteries. One grand-prize winner will receive a $20,000 savings bond, five second-place winners will each receive a $10,000 savings bond, and 10 third-prize winners will receive $1,000 savings bonds. Everyone who enters will receive a gift and a certificate. Contact: Duracell/NSTA Scholarship Competition, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22201-3000; (888) 255-4242.
  • Jan. 18--Fulbright Young Essayist awards: Entries are due for the Fulbright Young Essayist Awards, a new nationwide scholarship program for students in grades 7-12, sponsored by the United States Information Agency and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers Inc. Students may select from three questions, arranged by grade levels, that explore international issues and cross-cultural experiences. A total of 12 students will receive scholarship prizes in the form of $500-$2,500 bonds redeemable upon graduation. Contact: AYAW, 555 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10012-3999; (212) 343-6493; Web site:

Feb. 3--ExploraVision awards: Entries are due for the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards, sponsored by the Toshiba Corp. and the National Science Teachers Association. The competition, open to K-12 students, asks students to work in teams of three or four to envision what a form of technology might look like in 20 years. Twelve teams--four first-place and eight second-place--will be selected as national winners. Each student on the first-place teams will win a $10,000 savings bond; each second-place team member will win a $5,000 savings bond. Every student and adviser who enters wins a gift, and teacher-advisers of winning teams win Toshiba equipment for their schools. Contact: Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards, NSTA, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22201; (800) EXPLOR-9 or (703) 243-7100.

Feb. 28--Horace Mann scholarships: Applications are due for the Horace Mann Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Horace Mann Cos. The program offers $40,000 in awards to high school seniors who are children of public school employees; the total includes one $20,000 scholarship, three $4,000 scholarships, and eight $1,000 scholarships. To be eligible, a student must be a college-bound senior whose parent or legal guardian is public school or college employee. The student must have at least a B average and score at least 23 on the ACT or 1,000 on the SAT. Contact: HMSP, P.O. Box 20490, Springfield, Ill. 62708; Web site:

March 7--Essay contest: Entries are due for the Kaplan/Newsweek "My Turn" Essay Contest, sponsored by Kaplan Educational Centers and Newsweek magazine. High school students are asked to submit a 500- to 1,000-word essay on their solution to issues that will affect the quality of life in 21st-century America. Ten winners will be awarded with $1,000 scholarships; the first-prize winner will also receive free Kaplan PSAT, SAT or ACT course, book or software product. In addition, the winners and 20 honorable mentions will be published in the Newsweek Education Program book My Turn Essays: Student Reflections. Contact: KEC, (800) KAP-TEST.

May 15--Wal-Mart scholarships: Applications are due for the Wal-Mart Competitive Edge Scholarship, sponsored by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The scholarship is awarded to 240 college-bound students who have a strong interest in science and technology, good academic standing, and a record of community involvement. Contact: Keely Beene, Community Programs, W-MSI, 702 Southwest 8th St., Bentonville, Ark. 72716-9002.


Nov. 15--Science-teacher award: Entries are due for the Philips Media Hands-On-Science Teacher Award, sponsored by Philips Media and the National Science Teachers Association. The award recognizes teachers who best use computers to enhance their science teaching and their students' hands-on learning. K-8 science teachers are eligible. Entrants are asked to submit a description of their innovative use of computers and hands-on-learning manipulatives in the classroom. The grand-prize winner will receive a $1,000 cash award and $750 toward attending the NSTA's national convention in New Orleans, La., in April 1997. Ten runner-ups will each receive $100, a one-year NSTA membership, and their choice of science software from Philips Media. Contact: NSTA Award Programs, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22201-3000; (703) 243-7100; Web site: or

Dec. 1--Early-childhood teaching awards: Nominations are due for the Kohl/McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Awards. The awards are open to full-time teachers in the six-county Chicago metropolitan area (Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane, McHenry, and Will counties) who have taught full-time for at least three years. Contact: Kohl/McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Awards, (312) 335-KIDS.

Dec. 1--Taft educators' scholarship: Applications are due for the William Howard Taft University educators' scholarship program. The award, valued at $10,650, will include all tuition, registration, and application fees in the university's independent-study Doctor of Education program. The program does not require any seminar or classroom attendance; students may keep their full-time jobs and live anywhere. Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree and two years' teaching or educational-administration experience. Contact; WHTU, 201 E. Sandpointe Ave., Office 330, Santa Ana, Calif. 92707-5703; (800) 882-4555.

  • Jan. 10--Catalyst awards: Entries are due for the Catalyst Awards, sponsored by the Chemical Manufacturers Association. The awards recognize science teachers who show dedication and motivation and make outstanding contributions on regional and national levels. Eight national winners will receive $5,000 each along with a medal and a citation; 16 regional winners will each receive $2,500, a medal, and a citation. Elementary school science teachers and secondary school chemistry teachers are eligible for the regional awards, but only teachers with 10 years' experience in teaching are eligible for the national awards. Contact: Toni Benton, c/o Prolist, 17904 Georgia Ave., Suite 100, Olney, Md. 20832; or Hope Bonito, CMA, 1300 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22209; (703) 741-5826.

Jan. 10--Eleanor Roosevelt teacher fellowships: Applications are due for the Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowships, sponsored by the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation. The fellowships, which range from $1,000 to $10,000, are available to K-12 women public school teachers interested in transforming the nation's classrooms into gender-equitable learning environments. Teachers must have at least three years' full-time experience; part of the applicant's teaching assignment must be in math, science, or technology. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must plan to teach for at least three years after the fellowship year. Contact: AAUW Educational Foundation, Dept. 92, 2201 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, Iowa 52243-4030; (319) 337-1716 ext. 92.

  • Jan. 10--Toyota Time grants: Proposals are due for the Toyota Time grants program, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Twenty two-year grants will be awarded to K-12 teachers of mathematics for innovative projects that enhance math education in a school. Grants will be awarded at three levels: elementary, middle, and high school. Contact: Toyota Time Grants, NCTM, 1906 Association Drive, Reston, Va. 20191-1593.
  • Jan. 16--GIFT program: Applications are due for the GTE Foundation's Growth Iniatives for Teachers (GIFT) program. An estimated $720,000 is available in grants to at least 60 teacher teams to help in the development of innovative projects for students. Teams of one science and one math teacher in grades 6-12 in the 35 states and the District of Columbia where GTE operates are eligible. Teachers will receive $7,000 to implement their projects and $2,500 each for professional development. Contact: Maureen Gorman, Vice President, GTEF, 1 Stamford Forum, Stamford, Conn. 06904; (203) 965-3620.

Feb. 1--Wright fellowship: Applications are due for the Wright Fellowship Program, sponsored by the Wright Center for Science Education at Tufts University, for secondary school teachers of science. The yearlong fellowship offers teachers time to pursue projects related to their field while in residence at the university in Medford, Mass. A salary of $35,000 plus benefits and a moving stipend are included. Contact: Ronnee Yashon, Educational Coordinator, WCSE, TU, 4 Colby St., Medford, Mass. 02155; (617) 628-5000, ext. 5394; fax: (617) 627-3995; e-mail:; Web site:

March 1--James Madison fellowship: Applications are due for the James Madison Memorial Fellowship, sponsored by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation. The fellowship is awarded to in-service secondary school teachers of American history, American government, and social studies in grades 7-12, and to graduating or graduated collegians who wish to become secondary school teachers in those subjects. Each year at least one award of up to $24,000 covers tuition, fees, books, room, and board associated with study leading to a master's degree in American history, 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. Contact: JMFP, P.O. Box 4030, Iowa City, Iowa 52243-4030; (800) 525-6928; fax: (319) 337-1204; e-mail:


  • Nov. 15--Leadership grants: Applications are due for 1996-97 leadership grants, offered by the Cleveland Education Fund. Grants of up to $500 will be awarded to individual teachers, or up to $1,500 for collaborative teaching teams, in the Cleveland, Ohio, public schools. Cleveland public school teachers, library media specialists, guidance counselors, other school personnel, and parents and students (with a teacher-partner) are eligible to apply. Contact: CEF, 1422 Euclid Ave., Hannah Bldg., Suite 1550, Cleveland, Ohio 44114; (216) 566-1136.
  • Nov. 15--J.C. Penney grants: Applications are due for a new education grant program sponsored by the J.C. Penney Co. Inc. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 are available to schools, groups of schools, and school districts to support new K-12 education programs that address site-based management, parental invovlement in school, and school curriculum enhancements. Contact: Camille Alexander, JCP Co. Inc., P.O. Box 10001, Dallas, Texas 75301-8101.

Dec. 6--'American Heroes' awards: Nominations are due for the 1997 American Heroes in Education Awards, sponsored by the Reader's Digest Association Inc. The national program honors teachers and principals who are making a difference in their schools. Individual teachers and principals, or teams of up to six educators, will receive $5,000 with an additional $10,000 going to their schools to support ongoing activities that encourage educational excellence. Any teacher, principal, or administrator may nominate a fellow educator. Contact: Claudia L. Edwards, director, AHEA, RDA Inc., Reader's Digest Road, Pleasantville, N.Y. 10570-7000.

Dec. 20--Career-education awards: Entries are due for the American Association for Career Education Citations for Career Education Initiatives--Programs, Practices, and Publications That Work, sponsored by the American Association for Career Education. The Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Career Education are offered each year for student, staff, and employee education and training, management, counseling, assessment, evaluation, and research, as well as curriculum design and delivery, career-resource centers, partnerships, coalitions, collaboratives, and various publications. Contact: Pat Nellor Wickwire, 2900 Amby Place, Hermosa Beach, Calif. 90254-2216; (310) 376-7378.

Jan. 31--Environmental awards: Entries are due for the 1997 "A Pledge and a Promise" Environmental Awards, sponsored by the Anheuser-Busch Theme Parks. The program is open nationwide and offers three awards for school groups in four categories--K-5, 6-8, 9-12, and college-level--for projects that improve the environment. Project entries will be judged on students' accomplishments in four areas of environmental improvement. A total of 13 awards will be presented, including a first-place award of $12,500, a second-place award of $5,000, and a third-place award of $2,500. In addition, a grand prize of $20,000 will go to the school-group entry in any of the four categories that excels in overall creativity, innovation, and positive environmental impact. Contact: "A Pledge and a Promise" Environmental Awards, Sea World Education Department, 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando, Fla. 32821; (407) 363-2389; Web site:

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