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Student Scholarships and Awards

Jan. 14--Duracell/NSTA scholarship: Entries are due for the Duracell/NSTA Scholarship Competition, sponsored by the Duracell North Atlantic Group and administred by the National Science Teachers Association. Students in grades 7-12 are asked to design and build working devices powered by Duracell batteries. Two first place winners will receive a $20,000 savings bond; four second place winners will a receive $10,000 savings bond; and 10 third place winners will receive a $1,000 savings bond. First and second place winners will attend the NSTA convention in Las Vegas in April. Contact: Duracell/NSTA Scholarship Competition, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (888) 255-4242; Web site:

Jan. 30--Kennedy Journalism Award: Entries are due for the Robert F. Kennedy Student Journalism Award, sponsored by the Channel One Network and the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. The award is open to middle, junior high, and high school students and is given in both print and broadcast journalism categories. Entries must have been published by a school or local newspaper or magazine; or broadcast by a school or local television or radio station for the first time during the 1997-98 school year. Contact: RFK Student Journalism Awards, School Participation-Channel One Network, P.O. Box 7491, Los Angeles, CA 90004; (888) CH1-NTWK; fax: (213) 860-1455; e-mail:

Jan. 31--Bayer/NSF Award: Entries are due for the Bayer/NSF Award for Community Innovation, sponsored by the Bayer Corp. and the National Science Foundation. Teams of students in grades 6-8 are asked to identify problems in their communities and use the scientific method to solve them. Ten finalists will receive a trip to the Epcot Center at Walt Disney World in Florida and will compete for the first prize of a $5,000 savings bond for each team member, the second prize of $3,000 savings bonds, and the third prize of $1,000 savings bonds. Contact: (800) 291-6020; Web site:

Feb. 1--Reuse It Contest: Entries are due for the National Plastics Reuse It Contest, sponsored by the American Plastics Council. Students and teachers can participate as a class in the following categories: elementary school; junior high school; high school; and college. Contestants are invited to enter their imaginative and practical reuse ideas. The winner of each class categories will recieve $1,000. Contact: (800) 777-9500; Web site:

Feb. 3--ExploraVision Awards: Entries are due for the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards, sponsored by Toshiba Corp. and the National Science Teachers Association. Students in grades K-12 are asked 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- and second-place teams will win a $10,000 or $5,000 U.S. savings bond, respectively. Team members, their parents, and their advisers will also win a trip to an awards weekend in Washington, D.C. Contact: Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards, NSTA, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201; (800) EXPLOR-9 or (703) 243-7100; e-mail:; Web site:

Feb. 28--ThinkQuest contest: Entries are due for the ThinkQuest contest, sponsored by Advanced Network and Services Inc. The contest is open to student ages 12 to 19, and asks student teams to create web-based educational tools and materials. Each team can have teachers or mentors who act as coaches, but students are required to do the work themselves. The top prize for the winning team is $25,000 per student in scholarships, $5,000 per coach, and $5,000 per school. There are five categories: arts and literature, interdisciplinary, science and mathematics, social sciences, and sports and health. Contact: Web site:

March 9--Skirball essay contest: Entries are due for the Skirball Essay Contest sponsored by the Skirball Institute on American Values of the American Jewish Committee. Tenth, 11th, and 12th graders are asked to submit essays on an American value which can be documented in the nation's history. This year students are to draw their study of American history and literature and consider to what extent Americans have learned to judge people "not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." A $5,000 first prize winner will be chosen along with a second prize winner of $1,000 and a $500 winner of third place. Contact: Skirball Institute, 635 S. Harvard Blvd., Suite 214, Los Angeles, CA 90005-2511; (213) 381-1719; fax: (213) 381-1078.

March 19--Young Inventors Award: Entries are due for the Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Award Program sponsored by Sears, Roebuck and Co. and the National Science Teachers Association. Students in grades 4-6 are asked to invent and build a tool or modify an existing tool. The national winner will receive a $10,000 U.S. savings bond. Eleven regional winners will each receive a $5,000 savings bond. Contact: Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program, NSTA, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201; (888) 494-4994; e-mail:; Web site:

*March 20--HBO Contest: Entries are due for the Home Box Office "4 Little Girls" creative expression contest. The contest is open to students in grades 9-12. Students are asked to express their thoughts and feelings based on events featured in 4 Little Girls, a documentary film on the historic Birmingham, Ala. church bombing that claimed four lives in 1963. Four grand prize winners will each receive a $5,000 scholarship. Contact: HBO, (888) HBO-0060; Web site:

Teacher Fellowships and Awards

Jan. 15--American Teacher Awards: Nominations are due for the American Teacher Awards sponsored by the Walt Disney Co., and the McDonalds Corp. Teachers are honored in 12 subject categories, with one teacher selected from among the 12 individual subject honorees as Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the teachers themselves. Catergories include: athletic coach; early childhood; English; foreign langauge/ESL; general elementary; mathematics; performing arts; physical education and health; science; social studies; visual arts and vocational/technical education. Contact: The Walt Disney Company Presents the American Teacher Awards, P.O. Box 9805, Calbasas, CA 91372; Web site:

Jan. 16--Fulbright Teacher Study grants: Applications are due for the Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program, sponsored by the government of Japan. The organization is offering 600 grants to teachers and administrators in grades 1-12 for a fully funded three-week study visit to Japan in June, October, and November 1998. Contact: Institute of International Education, (888) 527-2636; Web site:

Jan. 16--GIFT grants: Applications are due for the 1998 Growth Initiatives for Teachers Program, sponsored by the GTE Foundation. Each year, the foundation awards GIFT grants to 60 teams of one math teacher and one science teacher from the same school to integrate the two subjects in the school curriculum. Individual members receive $2,500 to pursue professional development activities listed in their proposals and a $7,000 team grant to implement its school enrichment project. The grants are for public and private school math and science teachers of grades 7-12, in eligible states. Contact: GTE Foundation, (800) 315-5010.

Feb. 7--C-SPAN Teacher Fellowship: Applications are due for the 1998 C-SPAN High School Teacher Fellowship Program. The fellow will develop materials for C-SPAN in the Classroom at the network's offices in Washington during a four-week period next summer. The fellowship includes a stipend, housing, round-trip airfare, and a trip on the C-SPAN School Bus. Teachers are chosen based on their creative and effective use of C-SPAN in the Classroom. Applicants must be members of C-SPAN in the Classroom. Contact: C-SPAN, 400 N. Capitol St. N.W., Suite 650, Washington, DC 20001; (202) 626-4858; e-mail:

Feb. 13--Dana Education Award: Nominations are due for the Charles A. Dana Awards for Pioneering Achievements in Education, sponsored by the Charles A. Dana Foundation. The foundation each year awards $50,000 to the individual or individuals whose innovations have demonstrated potential in improving the quality of education. In reviewing nominations, a committee will consider whether an innovation: addresses a critical problem in K-12 education; has the potential for wider positive impact; has demonstrated its effectiveness; can be widely replicated or adapted; is not unduly expensive or dependent on a particular setting or individual; and is ready for dissemination. Contact: Charles A. Dana Foundation, 745 Fifth Ave., Suite 700, New York, NY 10151; (212) 223-4040.

Feb. 14--Mandel Teacher Fellowship: Applications are due for the Mandel Teacher Fellowship Program, sponsored by the education department of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The program is designed to create skilled secondary educators who can serve as leaders in Holocaust education. Up to 25 educators in grades 8-12 will be designated as Mandel Fellows. Applicants must show evidence of extensive knowledge of Holocaust history and evidence of successful teaching experience. Teachers will participate in a five-day, all-expenses-paid summer institute at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Following the institute, fellows are expected to create and implement outreach projects in their schools, communities, and professional organizations. History, social studies, and English teachers, as well as instructional-media specialists, are encouraged to apply, but other content ares will be considered as well. Contact: Stephen Feinberg, Coordinator, Mandel Teacher Fellowship Program, Education Program, USHMM, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place S.W., Washington, DC 20024-2150.

Feb. 20--Language summer institute: Applications are due for the Advancing Language Immersion Education summer institute, sponsored by the National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Hawaii. Each summer, the NFLRC sponsors a month-long institute which provides foreign language educators with opportunities for hands-on experience. The program is from July 6, 1998 to July 24, 1998 in Honolulu and is open to foreign language educators. Contact: NFLRC Summer Institute, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1859 East-West Road #106, Honolulu, HI 96822; (808) 956-9424; fax: (808) 956-5983; e-mail:

*Feb. 27--Lesson Plan contest: Entries are due for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and Microsoft Corp., Lesson Plan Contest. K-12 educators can win a Compaq Presario ES PC, technology grants worth up to $500, and Microsoft software by sharing their creative uses of technology in the classroom. Winners will be selected in four categories: grades K-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. Contact: Microsoft Corp., K-12 Lesson Plan Contest, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399, Attn: Bldg. 22; Web site: or

March 2--Rainforest workshop: Applications are due for 1998 Rainforest Workshop Scholarship Drawing, sponsored by Rainforest Workshops and the National Science Teachers Association. A $1,000 scholarship for a Summer Rainforest Workshop is available to K-12 educators. The workshop engages teachers and adminstrators in research with biodiversity experts, marine biologists, geographers, and others. Contact: RW, (800) 669-6806.

March 1--James Madison Fellowship: Applications are due for the James Madison Fellowship Program, sponsored by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation. The foundation awards fellowships 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 of the same subjects. The awards of up to $24,000 cover tuition, fees, books, and 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, IA 52243-4030; (800) 525-6928; fax: (319) 337-1204; e-mail:; Web site:

March 1--NEH Summer seminars and institutes: Applications are due for Summer Seminars and Summer Institutes, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities' Division of Research and Education Programs. The NEH offers full-time K-12 teachers opportunities to study humanities topics in a variety of seminars and institutes. All teachers selected to participate in a seminar or institute will be awarded a stipend ranging from $2,350 to $3,700 to cover travel costs, books, other research expenses, and living expenses. Contact: NEH Seminars and Institutes Program, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8463; TDD: (202) 606-8282; e-mail:

*April 30--Teaching grant: Applications are due for the Excellence in Teaching Cabinet sponsored by Curriculum Associates Inc. Educators are asked to submit proposals for innovative teaching projects that exemplify excellence in K-8 teaching practices. Each educator chosen will receive a $1,000 implementation grant and up to $500 worth of Curriculum Associates materials. Submissions to the grant program is open to all educators teaching in grades K-8. Grants will be implemented in the 1998-99 school year. Contact: CA, Fax a request marked "Excellence in Teaching Cabinet Official Rules" (612) 359-0340; Web site:

*May 1--Lesson Plan contest: Entries are due for most creative lesson plan contest sponsored by the Hobby Industry Association. In celebration of National Craft Month (March) educators are asked to submit lesson plans for students in grades K-8 that utilize craft materials to teach important core curriculum assignments. The educator who submits the winning entry will receive $500 worth of craft supplies for their school. Contact: NCM Lesson Plan, P.O. Box 5306, Parsippany, NJ 07054.

Other Deadlines

*March 2--TeachAsia grant: Applications are due for TeachAsia: Creating Educational Collaboratives program, sponsored by the Asia Society. The program invites schools and resource organizations to apply for its grant initiative, which fosters educational partnerships between public middle schools and Asia-related resource organizations such as colleges, universities, universities, museums, and libraries. Each winning project receives a grant averaging $15,000 to support the development and implementation of a school year-long staff development program for teachers. Contact: AS education department, 725 Park Ave., New York, NY 10021-5088; Web site:

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