TEACHER FELLOWSHIPS, CONTESTS, AND AWARDS
March 1—Humanities: Applications are due for fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The fellowships offer K-12 teachers, librarians, and administrators the opportunity to attend various summer workshops and seminars on the humanities. Stipends from $2,800 to $3,700 are available.
March 1—Libraries: Applications are due for 3M Salute to Schools awards, sponsored by 3M and the American Association of School Librarians. The awards support library security products for up to 100 schools in the United States. 3M will award two library detection systems and security strips valued at $15,000. Middle and high schools in the United States are eligible to apply.
March 1—Science: Applications are due for fellowships from the Earthwatch Institute. Fellowships offer K-12 teachers and administrators the opportunity to help scientists research natural and cultural conservation for up to three weeks. Fellowships of $3,500 are available.
March 13—Service learning: Applications are due for Angels in the Classroom awards from Angel Soft. The awards honor teachers and students in grades 3-8 who participate in community service projects through the classroom. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash award for their school and a $1,000 award for the teacher of the winning class.
Contact: AIC, c/o Molly Steinkrauss, Weber Shandwick, 676 N. St. Clair, Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60611; Web site: www.angelsoft.com
March 15—Call for Proposals: Applications are due for proposals for the Peace as a Global Language Conference, sponsored by Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan. Proposals should be formatted as panel discussions, workshops, research presentations, or poster sessions. Topics include, but are not limited to, education, health, gender, alternative education, and teaching/learning issues.
March 15—Technology: Applications are due for the inaugural Sylvia Charp technology award from T.H.E. Journal and the International Society for Technology in Education. The award will recognize one U.S. school district for its effective use of technology. The recipient will be honored at the National Educational Computing Conference in June 2004.
Contact: Chris Taver, ISTE; (800) 336-5191; Web site: www.iste.org.
March 17— Fellowship: Applications are due for C-SPAN Teacher Fellowships. Three teachers will be chosen to share their expertise at the C-Span headquarters in Washington. Middle and high school teachers with at least two years of experience are eligible to apply.
Contact: C-SPAN, MHTFP, 400 N. Capitol St., N.W., Suite 650, Washington, DC 20001; Web site: www.c-span.org
March 22— Principals: Applications are due for Excellence in Education Awards from HEB, Texas-based grocery chain. The awards recognize K-12 teachers and principals within the HEB service area who have shown outstanding service in their schools. Teachers are eligible to receive cash awards ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. Principals with at least five years of experience could receive $25,000 in cash and matching grants for their school.
March 31— Facilities: Applications are due for the Kids Karpet contest. Applicants will be asked to submit a 200-word essay outlining their financial needs and why Kids Karpet surfacing would work best for their playgrounds. Public and private elementary schools, parks, and child- care facilities are eligible to apply. Winners will receive 100 cubic yards of Kids Karpet playground surfacing.
April 1— Partnerships: Applications are due for the Champions in Education contest from Midwest Living Magazine. The contest is designed to recognize individuals and programs that improve education and engage the community. Teachers, schools, and parents in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin are eligible to apply or nominate programs.
Twenty second place winners will receive $250 awards, ten first place winners will receive $1,000 awards. The grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 award, and one parent will receive a special award of $5,000.
Contact: Midwest Living Magazine, CE, 1716 Locust St., Des Moines, IA 50309-3023; (800) 678-8093; Web site: www.midwestliving.com/champions.
STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS, CONTESTS, AND AWARDS
February 27—Animal education: Applications are due for the International Humane Essay Contest, sponsored by the Fund for Animals. Students in grades 2-12 will be asked to write essays about wildlife issues. Winners in four categories will each receive a $200 U.S savings bond.
February 27— Scholarships: Applications are due for the Girls Going Places College Scholarship program from Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. Fifteen scholarships of $1,000 to $10,000 are available for girls between the ages of 12 and 16 who demonstrate initial steps toward financial independence, are proactive in their community, and act as entrepreneurs.
March 15—Writing: Applications are due for the Kids Are Authors writing competition from Scholastic Book Fairs. Students in grades K-8 are asked to work in groups of three or more to create a fictional or nonfiction, illustrated picture book. Twenty-five schools will receive honorable mentions and win $200 in merchandise from Scholastic as well as a certificate of merit for each student. Two grand prize winning schools will receive $2,000 in merchandise, 100 copies of their published book, and a framed award certificate and medallion for each student.
Contact: Kids Are Authors, SBF, 1080 Greenwood Boulevard, Lake Mary, FL 32746; (800) 874-4809; Web site: http://teacher.scholastic.com/fairs/kaa/rules.htm.
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