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Following is a list of contests, scholarships, and internships for students organized by application deadline. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.

* Open. Art.

The Great Frame Up, an art and picture-framing retailer, announces its Creative Self-Expression Program. Local outlets assist high school art departments, teachers, and students with portfolio cases, mat board, and presentations. Also, 25 students are selected to exhibit their artwork at the Creative Self-Expression Show, where they could win cash prizes. For more information, contact Tara McGrath at (800) 553-7263.

* October 7. Recycling.

The Can Manufacturers Institute's Great Aluminum Can Roundup encourages groups to collect cans for recycling. Participants who write stories about their recycling program and their experiences are eligible for first-, second-, and third-place prizes of $1,000, $700, and $500, respectively, in four geographic regions. A national winner is also selected and receives an additional $1,000. The recycling programs and stories are judged on: social and environmental impact, creativity, initiative, and adaptation to the community. Recycling information, goal charts, posters, and more are available at (800) 462-0003. For information on the writing contest, contact: Jenny Day, Can Manufacturers Institute, Director of Recycling, 1625 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 232-4677.

* October 11. Science and Technology.

Tandy Corp., with the support of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, announces its Tandy Technology Scholars program. Schools may nominate one student in grades 9-11 as its top mathematics, science, or computer-science student based on grade-point average, test scores, relevant coursework, and community service. Schools with graduating classes of more than 300 may nominate two students. One hundred students are chosen to receive $1,000 for college or university tuition. Contact: Tandy Technology Scholars, TCU Box 298990, Fort Worth, TX 76129; (817) 924-4087; e-mail TandyScholar@tcu.edu; World Wide Web http://www.tandy.com/scholars.

* October 30. Greeting Card Contest.

UNICEF, Pier 1 Imports, and Better Homes and Gardens magazine sponsor the UNICEF 1996 Kids Help Kids Greeting Card contest for U.S. citizens ages 13 and younger. Applicants should design greeting cards on this year's theme, "Bright Hopes for Children, Bright Hopes for the Season." A grand-prize winner is selected in two categories: ages 7 and younger and ages 8-13. Entry forms are available at Pier 1 Imports stores and should be mailed to: Pier 1 Imports, 301 Commerce St., Suite 600, P.O. Box 961020, Fort Worth, TX 76161-0020.

October 30. Mock Election.

Time magazine, CNN, Time Warner Inc., the U.S. Department of Education, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Xerox Corp., American Happenings, and Electronic Data Systems are sponsoring the 1996 National Student/Parent Mock Election. Participating elementary, junior, and senior high teachers receive a free 120-page "How To Do It" guide that encourages a hands-on approach to the democratic process. For more information, contact: National Student/Parent Mock Election, 225 Oro Valley Drive, Tucson, AZ 85737; (800) 230-3349; e-mail LRaffo@McGraw-Hill.com; World Wide Web http://AllPolitics.com/candidates/mock.election.

* November 1. Science-by-Mail.

The Boston Museum of Science offers Science-by-Mail, a program that pairs students in grades 4-9 with scientist pen pals who help students complete hands-on experiments and activities. Membership costs $47 for groups of up to four children and $282 for an entire class. Contact: Science-by-Mail, Museum of Science, Science Park, Boston, MA 02114-1099; (800) 729-3300.

* November 15. Election.

The Cable News Network invites middle school students to participate in the CNN Election '96: Start a Party Contest. School classes follow the 1996 presidential election and create one-minute videos based on their political platforms. For entry forms and suggested lesson plans, contact: (800) 208-7103 before Nov. 15 or (800) 344-6219 after Nov. 15.

* November 22. Essay Contest.

The Caring Institute announces a creative-writing contest for students in grades 7-12. Submitted poems, stories, and essays should be 1,000 words or fewer and address the topic of caring. The first-place winner receives a $100 U.S. savings bond; second- and third-place winners receive $75 and $50 savings bonds, respectively. Contact: Art of Caring Essay Contest, Caring Institute, 513 C St. N.E., Washington, DC 20002-5809.

* November 29. Science Scholarships.

Westinghouse Electric Corp. invites high school seniors to enter its Science Talent Search by submitting written reports of independent science, math, or engineering research projects. Forty finalists are chosen for a five-day, expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Science Talent Institute in March. Finalists compete for scholarships of up to $40,000. Contact: Science Talent Search, 1719 N St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 785-2255.

* December 20. Poster Contest.

The Caring Institute invites students in grades 1-6 to enter the 1996 Art of Caring Poster Contest. Posters should express the students' interpretations of caring. First-place winners receive a $100 U.S. savings bond; second- and third-place winners receive $75 and $50 savings bonds, respectively. Contact: Art of Caring Poster Contest, Caring Institute, 513 C St. N.E., Washington, DC 20002-5809.

* December 31. Mural Contest.

The Bureau for At-Risk Youth offers its third annual Outdoor Prevention Mural Contest, designed to support community-based drug prevention. Schools enter a proposal for an outdoor mural. An artist travels to the winning school to help create its vision. For more information, contact: Bureau for At-Risk Youth, 135 Dupont St., P.O. Box 760, Plainview, NY 11803-0760; (800) 999-6884.

January 31. Cultural Exchange.

The Education First Institute for Cultural Exchange offers Ambassador scholarships to U.S. and Canadian students in 9th-12th grades. Scholarships include a 10-day, expenses-paid educational tour of Europe. For more information about these Ambassador Scholarships, contact: Education First Educational Tours, Scholarship Programs, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA, 02142; e-mail scholarships@EF.com.

--JILL GORDON

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