For Your Students
Following is a list of contests, scholarships, and internships for students organized by application deadline. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
*Open. Children's Books.
Raspberry Publications Inc., a publisher of children's books written and illustrated by young people, invites K-12 students to submit manuscripts for possible publication. Authors receive a standard book contract and royalties, which they are encouraged to put into a trust fund for college. For more information, contact: Raspberry Publications Inc., P.O. Box 925, Westerville, OH 43086-6925; (800) 759-7171.
Greenspeak, an environmental newspaper written by and for kids, requests stories, opinions, comments, and ideas for publication. For more information, contact: Elizabeth Gil- more, Greenspeak, 55 Reservoir St., Cambridge, MA 02138; (617) 868-5760; [email protected].
Open. History Essays.
The Concord Review, the only quarterly journal to publish secondary students' academic work, accepts student essays on historical topics. Essays should be approximately 5,000 words, plus endnotes. Submissions chosen for publication are eligible for the 1999 Emerson Prize, a $3,000 award given to as many as three students. For more information, contact: Concord Review, P.O. Box 661, Concord, MA 01742; (800) 331-5007 or (978) 443-0022; e-mail [email protected]; www.tcr.org.
Open. Pen Pals.
World Pen Pals promotes international friendship and cultural understanding between young people around the world. Students in grades 4 through college are invited to request an overseas pen pal. Teachers may request a brochure on class participation. For more information, contact: World Pen Pals, P.O. Box 337, Saugerties, NY 12477; (914) 246-7828.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution offers a variety of scholarships for high school students. For more information, contact: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 1776 D St. N.W., Washington, DC 20006-5392.
CNN Newsroom & WorldView, Turner Broadcasting's news and features program for schools, airs student- produced videos. Students may submit reports of no more than two and a half minutes on any topic, although they are encouraged to focus on CNN's monthly themes. Participation is open to schools enrolled in the CNN Newsroom & WorldView program. For more information, contact: CNN Newsroom Program, 1 CNN Center, 10 South, 7th Floor, North Tower, Atlanta, GA 30303; (800) 344-6219; learning.turner.com.
November 15. Gardening.
The National Gardening Association welcomes applicants for its Youth Garden Grants Program. Gardening programs involving at least 15 children ages 3-18 are eligible to win one of 300 grants, each worth more than $750 in tools, seeds, plants, and garden products. Contact: Garden Grants, Dept. PS, National Gardening Association, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT 05401; (800) 538-7476; www.garden.org.
November 15. Technology.
Compaq Computer Corp. announces the 1998 Student Technology Leaders Award. The award honors outstanding students who have made exemplary and innovative use of information technology in their schools and communities. The competition is open to full-time students attending a public or private school in the United States. Participants compete in one of three categories: K-5, 6-8, or 9-12. Students must be nominated by a teacher, media specialist, or school administrator; teams of students may also be nominated. Three winners will attend and participate in the 1999 National Educational Computing Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in June. Contact: Student Technology Leaders Award, 1234 6th Ave., #1A, San Francisco, CA 94122; [email protected].
November 27. Photography.
The LaMotte Co., provider of environmental-education equipment, offers students a chance to win free equipment for their schools or other educational programs in its Environmental Education Photo Contest. Students or teachers must submit photographs showing students working with current LaMotte testing equipment; entries must include a brief description of how the equipment is used in the classroom. First, second, and third prizes are awarded $500, $250, and $100 merchandise certificates, respectively, for the winner's school or educational organization; honorable-mention winners receive $50 certificates. For more information, contact: LaMotte Co., P.O. Box 329, Chestertown, MD 21620; (800) 344-3100 or (410) 778- 3100; e-mail [email protected]; www.lamotte.com/ese.
December 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 the youngsters complete hands-on experiments and other activities. Membership costs $54 for groups of up to four children and $324 for an entire class. For more information, contact: Science-by-Mail, Museum of Science, Science Park, Boston, MA 02114-1099; (800) 729-3300; e-mail [email protected].
December 1. Young Playwrights.
Young Playwrights Inc. invites students ages 18 and under to write original nonmusical plays for the Young Playwrights Festival. The festival aims to identify, develop, and encourage young playwrights to create new work for the theater. As many as four plays are accepted for production at the festival, and 12 students are invited to attend an intensive playwriting workshop in New York City. For more information, contact: Young Playwrights Festival, Dept. TM, 321 W. 44th St., Suite 906, New York, NY 10036; (212) 307-1140.
December 2. Science Scholarships.
Intel Corp. invites high school seniors to enter its Science Talent Search by submitting 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. Finalists compete for scholarships of up to $50,000. For more information, contact: Science Talent Search, c/o Science Service, 1719 N St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 785-2255; e-mail [email protected]; www.sciserv.org.
December 4. Fire Sprinklers.
High school seniors nationwide are invited to write an essay for the American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Contest. Essays should run 700 to 1,000 words and address the topic: "Why Should Campus Housing Have Fire Sprinklers?" Seven regional winners each receive a $750 scholarship. The first-place winner receives an additional $2,500 scholarship; one second-place winner and one third-place winner get additional scholarships of $1,500 and $750, respectively. Contact: Scholarship Contest, American Fire Sprinkler Association, 12959 Jupiter Rd., Suite 142, Dallas, TX 75238; (214) 349-5965; fax (214) 343-8898; www.firesprinkler.org.
*December 4. Writing And Art.
Weekly Reader Corp. seeks entries for its Read magazine Essay Contest. Students in grades 6-12 are eligible for cash prizes up to $500. Contact: Read Essay Contest, Weekly Reader Corp., 200 First Stamford Pl., P.O. Box 120023, Stamford, CT 06912-0023; (203) 705-3449.
December 11. Poetry.
Read magazine announces its Ann Arlys Bowler Poetry Prize. Students in grades 6-12 may submit up to three typed poems that may be no longer than one page each. Six national winners receive $100, a medal of honor, and publication in Read. Six semifinalists receive $50, a certificate of excellence, and possible publication. Contact: Bowler Poetry Contest, Weekly Reader Corp., 200 First Stamford Pl., P.O. Box 120023, Stamford, CT 06912-0023; (203) 705-3500.
*December 15. Computer Arts.
Imation Corp., a worldwide supplier for the information and image- management industry, invites high school students to participate in its Second Annual Imation Computer Arts Scholarship Program, which honors students' original works of computer-generated art. Public and private high schools of up to 1,000 students can nominate one piece of artwork for consideration; schools of more than 1,000 students can nominate two pieces. The top 100 entries receive National Certificates of Excellence, and 25 national finalists receive a $1,000 scholarship, a medallion, and a trip with a parent, guardian, or school representative to Minneapolis/St. Paul in April 1999 for the recognition events. For more information, contact: Jacqueline Berry, (888) 466-3456; fax (651) 704-3892; www.imation.com/scholarships.
December 15. Engineering Essays.
Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., is sponsoring a national essay contest to encourage high school students to explore science and engineering. Students are asked to write a 1,000-word essay on an engineering problem. Prizes will be awarded to four winners, one from each high school grade level. For more information, contact: Mark McLaughlin, Trinity College, (860) 297-2139; e-mail [email protected].
December 15. Radio.
Earth and Sky Radio, in conjunction with the National Science Foundation, invites K-12 students to enter its annual Young Producers Contest. Teams of students write and record a 90-second radio show on a science or nature topic of their choice. Five shows are chosen for broadcast on the Earth and Sky Radio series. Members of the grand-prize winning team receive $1,000 U.S. savings bonds; members of the four other finalist teams get $500 U.S. savings bonds. Contact: Earth and Sky; (512) 480-8773; e-mail [email protected]; www.earthsky.com.
*December 18. Letters About Literature.
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Weekly Reader Corp. invite students to enter Letters About Literature '99, an essay contest. Students write a letter to an author--living or dead--explaining how the author's work changed their thinking about the world. The contest has two categories: grades 4-7 and 8-12. The winning essayist in each category receives a $1,000 savings bond. Twenty-two state affiliates of the Center for the Book also present cash awards to the top essayists in their state. Contact: Weekly Reader Corp., 200 First Stamford Pl., Stamford, CT 06912-0023; (203) 705-3500.
December 31. Essays.
Stein Roe Mutual Funds invites students in grades 5-7 to participate in its Young Investor Fund Essay Contest. The essays on the importance of money and investing are judged on content, writing style, and writing mechanics. First-, second-, and third-place winners are selected for each grade. First-place winners receive $5,000 in Young Investor Fund shares. Second- and third-place winners get $2,500 and $1,000 in shares, respectively. Contact: Young Investor Fund Essay Contest, (800) 403-5437.
*December 31. Mural Contest.
The Bureau for At-Risk Youth offers its fourth annual Outdoor Prevention Mural Contest to support community-based drug prevention. Schools enter a proposal for an outdoor mural. An artist travels to the winning school to help create the mural, which is then featured on the cover of the fall Bureau for At-Risk Youth catalog. For more information, contact: Bureau for At-Risk Youth, 135 Dupont St., P.O. Box 760, Plainview, NY 11803-0760; (800) 999-6884, ext. 211; www.at-risk.com.
*January 10. Language Arts.
The National Council of Teachers of English is accepting nominations for its 1999 Promising Young Writers Program. Eighth grade language arts teachers are encouraged to nominate students and submit examples of their best written work. Winning students receive a certificate of recognition. The council charges a $5 nomination fee per student. For more information, contact: Promising Young Writers Program, National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 W. Kenyon Rd., Urbana, IL 61801-1096.
*January 11. Essay Competition.
The United States Information Agency and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers Inc. announce the Fulbright Young Essayist Awards. Students in grades 7-12 are invited to submit essays exploring international issues and cross-cultural experiences. Twelve students win savings bonds worth between $500 and $2,500. Winners are honored at a Washington, D.C., ceremony. For more information, contact: Fulbright Young Essayist Awards, Alliance for Young Artists and Writers Inc., 555 Broadway, New York, NY 10012-3999; (212) 343-6493.
*January 14. Batteries.
Students in grades 6-12 are invited to design and build devices powered by Duracell batteries for the annual Duracell/National Science Teachers Association Scholarship Competition. There are two categories: grades 6-9 and 10-12. Students may enter individually or in teams of two. Fifty winners in each category receive savings bonds worth between $500 and $20,000. First- and second-place winners, their parents, and their teacher/sponsors are flown to awards events at the NSTA convention in Boston in March 1999. Teachers of the six top prize winners each receive $2,000 gift certificates for computers and accessories, and nearly 100 other teachers also win awards. For more information, contact: Duracell/ NSTA Scholarship Competition, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201- 3000; (888) 255-4242; www.nsta.org/ programs/duracell.shtml.
*January 15. Web Pages.
Advanced Network and Services Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes technology in education, sponsors ThinkQuest Junior, an international contest that challenges students in grades 4-6 to build educational Web sites that are interactive teaching and learning tools. Winners and their teachers and schools receive scholarships and cash. For more information, contact: Advanced Network and Services Inc.; www.thinkquest.org.
*January 27. Peace.
The United States Institute of Peace announces the National Peace Essay Contest for students in grades 9-12. In this year's competition, students analyze two 20th-century conflicts, at least one of which must be post-World War II, and discuss how preventative measures were taken to avoid violent international conflict. First-place winners from each state receive $750 college scholarships and compete for national awards of $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 for first, second, and third place, respectively. First-place state winners are also invited to attend an expenses-paid awards program in Washington, D.C., in June 1999. For more information, contact: United States Institute of Peace, 1200 17th St. N.W., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 429-3854; e-mail [email protected]www.usip.org/et.html.
*January 29. National Honor Society.
National Honor Society chapters may nominate for scholarships two senior chapter members who have shown outstanding character, earned good grades, performed community service, and demonstrated strong leadership skills. Sponsored by the National Honor Society and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, this program awards 250 scholarships of $1,000 each. For more information, contact: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Department of Student Activities, 1904 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191- 1537; (703) 860-0200; fax (703) 476-5432; e-mail [email protected]; www.nassp.org.
*January 30. Architecture Design.
The New Jersey Institute of Technology's School of Architecture sponsors the 1999 National Architecture Design Competition for High School Students. Participants design a community pool for their hometown. The top prize is a five-year scholarship to NJIT's School of Architecture. Second prize is a five-year, half-tuition scholarship; four third-prize winners receive $250 cash awards. For more information, contact: Craig Konyk, Competition Coordinator, School of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University Heights, Newark, NJ 07102-1982; (201) 596-3080; fax (201) 596-8296; e-mail [email protected].
*January 31. Art And Environment.
The Weather Channel and the Polaroid Education Program are sponsoring the Look Up! Challenge Sky Contest for K-5 students. Students submit artwork, photographs, or poetry inspired by observing the sky; entries are judged on creativity, originality, and effectiveness of message. First-place winners have their work displayed in the Weather Channel's 1999-2000 Classroom Calendar and receive Polaroid cameras and film. For more information, call (800) 471-5544; www.weather.com/education.
*January 31. Civics.
Lutheran Brotherhood sponsors the RespecTeen Speak for Yourself Contest for students in grades 7 and 8. Contestants research a national issue and write a letter about the topic to their U.S. representative. A panel of educators chooses a winner from each participating congressional district to receive a $50 savings bond. State winners are also selected and receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. For more information, contact: Lutheran Brotherhood, 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415; (800) 984-9427; e-mail [email protected]; www.luthbro.com.
*January 31. Float Design.
The International House of Pancakes encourages students ages 6-12 to enter its "Dream Up Our Float" contest. Students must draw a float and write a 50-word description according to the theme: "How Will Life Be Different in the 21st Century?" The winner receives an expenses-paid trip for four to the 2000 Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl, plus the opportuntity to ride on the float in the parade. Contact: Andrea Slavin, 525 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203; (818) 240-6055; fax (818) 553-2009.
*January 31. Travel.
EF Educational Tours announces the EF Global Citizen Awards, a scholarship program for high school seniors. Ten U.S. students and two Canadian students each receive a $1,000 scholarship and a 10-day, expenses-paid educational tour of Europe. Applicants must be nominated by their schools and write an essay about what it means to be a global citizen. For more information, contact: Global Citizen Program, EF Educational Tours, EF Center Boston, One Education St., Cambridge, MA 02141-1883; (800) 637-8222; e-mail [email protected]; www.eftours.com.
*February 3. Technology.
Toshiba Corp., in conjunction with the National Science Teachers Association, seeks applicants for its Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards. Teams of three or four K-12 students submit descriptions of technology as it might exist 20 years in the future. Each student on four first-place teams wins a $10,000 savings bond; students on the eight second-place teams win $5,000 savings bonds. The teacher-advisers of the 12 finalist teams and their schools win Toshiba equipment. Team members, their parents, and their advisers also win a trip to Washington, D.C., for the awards ceremony. For more information, contact: Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (800) 397-5679 or (703) 243-7100; e-mail [email protected]; www.nsta.org/ programs/explora.htm.
*February 15. Chemistry Scholarships.
The American Chemical Society Scholars Program invites African American, Hispanic, and Native American high school seniors to apply for scholarships of up to $2,500. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States and must demonstrate financial need. They also must be high achievers in chemistry or other chemical sciences, and they must intend to major in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, or a chemical-related science in preparation for a career in the chemical sciences or chemical technology. Contact: American Chemical Society Scholars Program, 1155 16th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (800) 227-5558, ext. 6250; www.acs.org.
*February 28. College Scholarships.
The Horace Mann Co., an Illinois-based firm that sells insurance and retirement annuities to educators, invites college-bound high school seniors to apply for the Horace Mann Scholarship Program. For students to be eligible, their parents or legal guardians must be employed by a U.S. public school or college. Eligible students also must have a B average and a score of at least 23 on the ACT or at least 1,100 on the SAT. Sixteen awards are given: one $20,000 scholarship, five $4,000 scholarships, and ten $1,000 scholarships. For more information, contact: Horace Mann Companies, Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 20490, Springfield, IL 62715-0001; (217) 789-2500; www.horacemann.com.
*February 28. Web Pages.
Advanced Network and Services Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes technology in education, sponsors ThinkQuest, an international contest that challenges students ages 12-19 to build educational Web sites that are interactive teaching and learning tools. Winners and their teachers and schools receive scholarships and cash awards. For more information, contact: Advanced Network and Services Inc.; www.thinkquest.org.
*March 1. Adventure.
Outside magazine is sponsoring the Outside Adventure grants. Teams of up to six students ages 12-17 are invited to submit proposals for the adventure or expedition of their dreams. A panel of explorers judges how the ideas combine exploration, adventure, potential for success, and benefit to the natural world. One team is selected to go on its proposed adventure, with training and equipment provided. Team members keep journals and take photographs to be posted online. A free guide for teachers is available on how to use this program in classrooms and schools. For more information, contact: John Alderman, Outside magazine; (212) 972-4650; e-mail [email protected].
*March 1. Cartoons.
NewsCurrents, a weekly current events program produced for schools by Knowledge Unlimited Inc., announces the NewsCurrents Student Editorial Cartoon Contest. Students in grades K-12 enter cartoons that are judged on clarity, originality, and knowledge of the subject. First-, second-, and third-place winners are named in three categories: K-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Winners receive savings bonds, and the top 100 cartoons are featured in the forthcoming book Editorial Cartoons By Kids, 1999. Contact: Knowledge Unlimited, NewsCurrents Editorial Cartoon Contest, P.O. Box 52, Madison, WI 53701; (800) 356-2303 [email protected]; www.tcr.org.
*March 1. Epilepsy Scholarship.
Parke-Davis, a national pharmaceutical company, invites nominations for the 1999 Parke-Davis Epilepsy Scholarship for college-bound high school seniors. Nominees must have a record of academic and extracurricular excellence and must be undergoing treatment by a physician for epilepsy. Sixteen $3,000 scholarships are awarded. Contact: Jeffrey Tarnoff, Parke-Davis Epilepsy Scholarship Award, c/o IntraMed Educational Group, 1633 Broadway, 25th Floor, New York, NY 10019; (800) 292-7373.
--John Cochran and Candice Furlan
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