April 15—Achievement: Applications are due for the Discourse Challenge, sponsored by the Educational Testing Service. K-12 schools and districts are eligible to apply. Participants will receive discourse starter edition software to use in their classrooms for 30 days. A principal and a teacher will be asked to submit a 500-word essay describing the benefits of the software. The grand prize winner will receive an HP Mobile Classroom, a license for Discourse software and an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Educational Computing Conference.Contact: DC, Rosedale Road, MS 43-L, Princeton, NJ 08541; Web site: www.discourse.com.
April 15—Arts education: Applications are due for the National Barbie Arts Teacher of the Year awards from the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s National Arts Education Initiative. The awards honor elementary school arts teachers who provide creative programs and arts curriculum for children. Students ages six to 12 may nominate a teacher by submitting a 250-word essay explaining why their teacher should be honored. Twenty regional finalists will receive a $5,000 grant. One national winner will receive an additional $10,000 grant and a trip to Los Angeles. Contact: EIF, 1463 Tamarind Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028; (866) 914-ARTS; Web site: www.barbie.com/arts.
April 19—Teachers: Applications are due for the All-USA Teacher Team Contest, sponsored by USA Today. Full-time, K-12 teachers with at least four years of teaching experience who have shown excellence in a variety of teaching environments are eligible to be nominated. Twenty individuals and instructional teams will be honored by USA Today and share a cash prize of $2,500. Contact: USA Today, Carol Skalski, 7950 Jones Branch Drive, Third Floor, McLean, VA 22108-9995; Web site: www.education.usatoday.com.
April 30—Achievement: Applications are due for ING Unsung Heroes awards sponsored by ING, an Atlanta-based marketing communications company. The awards recognize progressive thinking and classroom projects in education. K- 12 public and private classroom teachers, principals, and paraprofessionals are eligible to apply. One hundred finalists will receive $2,000 and the grand prize winner will receive $25,000.Contact: Cheryl Krause, Scholarship America, One Scholarship Way, PO Box 297, St. Peter, MN 56082; (800) 537-4180; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: www.ing.com/unsungheroes.
April 30—Scholarship: Applications are due for graduate scholarships from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Scholarships support students seeking graduate degrees. The competition is open to all graduating college seniors and recent college alumni in the United States. Thirty-five scholarships are available. Recipients will receive funding based on financial need for up to six years.Contact: JKCF, 44115 Woodridge Parkway, Suite 200, Lansdowne, VA 20176; (800) 498-6478; Web site: www.jackkentcookefoundation.org .
April 30—Teachers: Applications are due for the 2003-04 Teacher of the Year Award, sponsored by the Teachers’ Insurance Plan, an auto insurance company based in Meriden, Conn., that insures teachers. The award, which recognizes outstanding educators, is open to public and private elementary, middle, and high school teachers in Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania. One winner from each state will receive a $1,000 awards and a $500 school grant. Contact: TIP, 500 S. Broad St., Meriden, CT 06450; (888) 288-6080; Web site: www.teachers.com.
May 1—Social studies: Applications are due for the Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies and the Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education. Awards support the development and enhancement of quality curricular strategies, citizenship projects, and field experiences. Full-time K-12 social studies teachers are eligible to apply. Recipients will receive a one-year $1,000 grant and a session at the NCSS conference. Contact: Ana C. Post, NCSS, 8555 16th St., Suite 500, Silver Spring, MD, 20910; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: www.socialstudies .org/awards/grants.shtml#stars.
May 3—Science: Applications are due for the 2004 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching from the National Science Foundation. The awards honor K-6 math and science teachers who display excellent teaching methods. Up to 108 national winners will receive a $10,000 award and an all-expenses paid trip for two to Washington where they will be honored by the President. Contact: NSF, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230; (800) 628-8442; Web site: www.nsf.gov/pa.
May 7—Substitute teachers: Applications are due for calls for conference proposals for Utah State University’s Substitute Teaching Institute. K-12 researchers and organizations with presentations on recruiting, training, or retaining substitute teachers are eligible to apply. Presenters will receive $50 off the conference registration fee and a certificate of appreciation. Contact: Andrae Ferguson, STI, USU, 6516 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322; (800) 922-4693; fax: (435) 797-0944; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: http://subed.usu.edu/subsolutions.
May 14—Education reform: Applications are due for the 2005 Thomas B. Fordham Prize for distinguished scholarship and the Thomas B. Fordham Prize for valor. The distinguished scholarship award honors education scholars and researchers who significantly impact education reform. The valor award recognizes the accomplishments of national, state, and local school officials. Individuals who have influenced or generated important changes in education are eligible to apply. Contact: Kathleen Porter. TBFF, 1627 K St.N.W., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006; Web site: http://www.edexcellence.net/foundation/global/page.cfm? id=42.
May 14—Technology: Applications are due for the Win a Wireless Lab sweepstakes sponsored by CDW Government, Inc., a subsidiary of the CDW Corporation which markets technology services to the government and education organizations, and the Discovery Channel School. K-12 public and private, and parochial schools in the U.S are eligible to apply. The grand prizewinner will receive an IBM wireless computer lab valued at $40,000. Ten first place winners will receive an HP projector, ten second place winners will receive networking products from D-link, ten third place winners will receive an HP inkjet printer, and ten forth place winner will receive educational products from the Discovery Channel School library. Contact: Promotion Mechanics, Inc., 87 S. Main St., Newtown, CT 06470; Web site: www.discoveryschool.com/cdwg.
May 21—International education: Applications are due for the 2004 Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International Education from the Goldman Sachs Foundation and the Asia Society. The awards will recognize five organizations that encourages global education in the following categories: elementary/middle school, high school, higher education, state, and media/technology. Award recipients will each receive a $25,000 prize and be given the opportunity to work with the Asia Society’s network of international schools. Contact: Asia Society, 725 Park Ave., New York, NY 10021; (212) 327-9285; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: http://www.internationaled.org/prizes.
May 28—Space education: Applications are due for the Christa McAuliffe Memorial Award sponsored by the Aerospace Education Foundation. The award honors one public, private, or parochial K-12 classroom teacher who successfully presents aerospace technologies to students. The winner will receive a $1,000 stipend and a trip to Washington, DC to attend the award ceremony. Contact: Jancy Bell, AEF, 1501 Lee Hwy., Arlington, VA 22209; (800) 291-8480; fax: (703) 247-5853; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: www.aef.org.
STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS, CONTESTS, AND AWARDS
April 10—Geography: Applications are due for the Lewis and Clark Geography Contest sponsored by Capstone Press. The contest is open to students in grades K-9. Participants must research and create a presentation on at least 52 historical landmarks, monuments, museums, or national parks within the United States. The winning school will receive a grant of $1,500 in books and a state geography series. Contact: What’s Great About our 50 States? Contest, CP, 7825 Telegraph Road, Bloomington, MN 55438; (800) 747-7992; e-mail: [email protected] press.com; Web site: www.capstone-press.com.
April 15—Scholarships: Applications are due for two college scholarships from the Sallie Mae Fund. The First in My Family Scholarship offers first-time Hispanic college attendees scholarships, and the American Dream Scholarship offers scholarships to African-American students with financial need. High school students meeting the above criteria who have been accepted at a Title IV-eligible two-year or four-year university, vocational school, or technical school are eligible to apply. Scholarships range from $500 to $5,000.Contacts: For First in My Family Scholarship: Hispanic College Fund, Inc.,1717 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W, Suite 460, Washington, DC 20006. For American Dream Scholarship: Cynthia Nair, Scholarships and Grants Administration,United Negro College Fund, PO Box 10444, Fairfax, VA 22031;Web site: www.thesalliemaefund.org.
April 29—School safety: Applications are due for the RadioShack Take Your StreetSentz all the Way to Hollywood Contest. The contest asks high school students to create a 30-second public service announcement that will educate K- 12 students on how to protect themselves from abduction and violence. The winning student will receive a $5,000 cash prize, a $2,000 prize for their teacher, and a $1,000 prize for their school. The student will also be flown to Los Angeles to work with a production team and film their winning entry for broadcast distribution. Contact: Jill Lain, RadioShack; (817) 415-0758; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: www.streetsentz.com.
April 30— Civic education: Applications are due for the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. The award honors young leaders who have a positive impact on their community or engage in projects that make a difference in other peoples’ lives. Students ages 8 to 18 in the United States or Canada are eligible to apply. Ten recipients will receive a $2,000 award. Contact: The Barron Prize, PO Box 17, Boulder, CO 80306; (970) 875-1448; Web site: www.barronprize.org.
April 30— History: Applications are due for the Holocaust Remembrance Project National Contest, sponsored by the Holland Knight Charitable Foundation. High school students in the United States are eligible to apply. The contest encourages students to study and think about the Holocaust and the value of human life and dignity. Each participant will be asked to write a 1,200-word essay discussing the reasons society should remember and pass on the lessons of the Holocaust in order to prevent violence and discriminations. Ten first place winners will receive an all expenses paid trip to the U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and a scholarship of up to $5,000.Contact: HRPNC, HKCF, PO Box 2877, Tampa, FL 33601; (866) 452-2737; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: www.holocaust.hklaw.com.
May 3— Scholarships: Applications are due for scholarships from the American Indian Education Foundation. High school seniors of American Indian decent planning to attend a two-year or four-year university are eligible to apply. Scholarships up to $3,000 are available.Contact: Susan Gibson, AIEF,10029 SW Nimbus Ave., Suite 200, Beaverton, OR 97008; (866) 866-8642; fax: (503) 641- 0495; Web site: www.aiefprograms.org.
May 14—Environmental education: Applications are due for the Rice Farming: Earth’s Friend contest sponsored by the U.S. Rice Producers Association. The contest asks students in grades 4-12 to write a 500 to 800 word essay describing the benefits of rice farming and its impact on the environment and native wildlife. The contest is open to students in rice growing states including Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas. One student from each grade will receive a $150 cash award.Contact: USPRA, 2900 Wilcrest, Suite 180, Houston, TX 77042; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: www.riceromp.com/contest.
May 15—Scholarships: Applications are due for 911 Education Fund college scholarships from the Sallie Mae Fund. High school students who are children of 911 victims, including fire safety and medical personnel, who have been accepted at a Title IV-eligible two-year or four-year university, vocational school, or technical school are eligible to apply. Scholarships of $2,500 are available.Contact: SMF, c/o Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, 1201 15th St. N.W., Suite 420, Washington, DC 20005; Web site: www.thesalliemaefund.org.
May 31—Scholarships: Applications are due for Unmet Need Fund college scholarships from the Sallie Mae Fund. The scholarships are designed to assist students who college assistance packages fall short by a minimum of a $1,000. High school students meeting the above criteria who have been accepted at a Title IV eligible two-year or four-year university, vocational, or technical school are eligible to apply. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,800. Contact: SMF, Scholarship Management Services, Scholarship America, One Scholarship Way, P.O. Box 297, Saint Peter, MN 56082; (507) 931-1682; Web site: www.thesalliemaefund.org.
June 30— Scholarships: Applications are due for college scholarships from the Sallie Mae Fund. The scholarships are designed to assist students with a family income of $35,000 or less. High school students meeting the above criteria who have been accepted at a Title IV-eligible two-year or four-year university, vocational school, or technical school are eligible to apply. Scholarships range from $500 to $2,000.Contact: SMF, Scholarship Management Services, Scholarship America, One Scholarship Way, P.O. Box 297, Saint Peter, MN 56082; (507) 931-1682; Web site: www.thesalliemaefund.org.
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