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Following are application dates for student contests, scholarships, and internships. Asterisks(*) denote new entries.

The Youth and Education Services program of the National Hot Rod Association administers the Sears Craftsman Scholarship to help college-bound high school seniors continue their education while acknowledging their academic achievement, citizenship, extracurricular activities, community service, and work experience. Three students from each of the seven geographic divisions of the NHRA, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, receive $1,000 scholarships; one student will be awarded a $25,000 scholarship from Sears Craftsman. Applicants must be seniors graduating from public, private, or parochial schools between January 1 and June 30, 2006. They must demonstrate good character, a minimum 2.5 grade-point average, leadership ability, and involvement in extracurricular school and community activities. They also must plan to attend an accredited college, university, or technical/vocational program. Preference is given to those planning a career in automotive technology, industrial or technical manufacturing, or marketing. Contact: Sears Craftsman Scholarship, NHRA Youth and Education Services, 2035 Financial Way, Glendora, CA 91741-4602; (626) 250-2208;

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams, now in its fourth year, was created to excite high school students about science, math, engineering, entrepreneurship, and invention; empower students through problem solving; and encourage a sustainable culture of invention in schools and communities. Science, math, and technology teachers from public, private, charter, and vocational high schools nationwide may apply. As many as 18 grants of up to $10,000 each are awarded to develop a problem-solving invention as an in-class or extracurricular project during the 2006-07 academic year. Up to 35 finalists are selected, to be reviewed by a panel of MIT faculty and alumni, professional inventors and engineers, and Lemelson-MIT Program staff. Grant recipients will present final prototypes at MIT in spring 2007. Contact: Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Building E60-215, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307; (617) 452-2146;

The Society of Women Engineers offers scholarships to women enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an ABET-accredited engineering or computer science program. SWE administers more than 100 scholarship awards, ranging from $1,000 to more than $5,000 per year. Freshman applicants must have a minimum 3.5 grade-point average; other criteria vary by scholarship. Contact: Scholarship Selection Committee, Society of Women Engineers, 230 E. Ohio St., Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60611; (312) 596-5223; e-mail;

Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge seeks entries for two essay contests for middle and high school students. Applicants for the military essay should reflect on “Why I Am Proud To Serve.” Applicants for the youth essay contest should address the topic “Freedom Isn’t Free.” All essays should be typed and run 500 to 1,000 words. Each contest honors one meritorious award recipient with a $100 U.S. savings bond and a George Washington honor plaque. Other winners in the youth essay contest receive an honor ribbon; those in the military essay contest receive a $50 savings bond and an honor ribbon. All entries receive an official Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge certificate. Contact: Carolyn Santangelo, Director of Awards, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, P.O. Box 706, 1601 Valley Forge Rd., Valley Forge, PA 19482; (610) 933-8825, ext. 234; fax (610) 935-0522; e-mail;

*June 1 PEACE
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, an international educational organization, announces the theme for the 2006 Swackhamer Peace Essay Contest: “The U.S. initiated a war against Iraq based on the false premise that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Write an essay exploring the consequences of U.S. use of force in Iraq and make recommendations on how the U.S., in cooperation with the international community, can peacefully prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.” The contest is open to all high school students throughout the world. Applicants must be enrolled during the 2005-06 academic year. The proposal must be 1,500 words or fewer, typed and double-spaced. For more information, contact: Swackhamer Peace Essay Contest, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, PMB 121, 1187 Coast Village Rd., Suite 1, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794; (805) 965-3443; e-mail;

The Skipping Stones Youth Honor Awards recognize students ages 7 to 17 for their contributions to multicultural awareness, peace and nonviolence, social responsibility, and nature and ecology. Ten articles, poems, artwork, and/or photos that illustrate this theme will be selected for publication in Skipping Stones   magazine. Every entrant receives the September/October issue featuring the Youth Honor Awards. Winners receive five books, a free subscription, and a certificate. The $3 entry fee may be waived for low-income applicants. Contact: Youth Honor Awards, Skipping Stones  Magazine, P.O. Box 3939, Eugene, OR 97403; (541) 342-4956; e-mail;

The National Council of Teachers of English invites entries for its Program To Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines. Magazines published between September 2005 and July 2006 by senior high, junior high, and middle school students are judged in state competitions. Magazines earn rankings based on content quality, writing, editing, proofreading, design and art, cover, pagination, and production. Entry forms are available online; a $25 entry fee is required. Contact: Program To Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines, National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 W. Kenyon Rd., Urbana, IL 61801-1096; (800) 369-6283; e-mail;

*July 1 CIVICS
AMVETS’ annual Americanism program features essay, poster, and flag-drawing contests for students in grades K-12. The theme for 2005-06 is “Why Do We Celebrate the Fourth of July?” Entries must be submitted to an AMVETS post or state department, where they are judged and then submitted for national consideration. All national entries receive a certificate and the first-, second-, and third-place national winners in each category receive savings bonds. One winner of the 9th grade essay contest from each of the organized AMVETS state departments is rewarded with a four-day, all-expenses-paid trip to participate in the “Spirit of America” youth conference, held annually in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. For more information about the AMVETS Americanism program or to find a local AMVETS post or department, contact: Beryl Love, Programs Director, AMVETS, 4647 Forbes Blvd., Lanham, MD 20706; (301) 459-9600; e-mail;

*July 1 POETRY
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, an international educational organization, welcomes submissions for the 2006 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards, an annual series of awards to encourage poets to explore and illuminate positive visions of peace and the human spirit. Awards include two youth prizes of $200 each, one for students ages 12 and younger and one for ages 13 to 18, and an adult prize of $1,000. A committee of poets selected by the foundation chooses winners as well as honorable mentions in each category. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Contest, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, PMB 121, 1187 Coast Village Rd., Suite 1, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794; (805) 965-3443; e-mail;

The Environmental Protection Agency sponsors the President’s Environmental Youth Award for individual K-12 students, school classes, summer camps, and other organizations. Participants submit applications and completed projects to local EPA offices. Each student receives a signed certificate from President Bush, and one environmental project from each of 10 regional EPA offices receives a plaque during an award ceremony at the White House. Judges consider the projects’ long-term benefits, relevance to current environmental needs, amount of effort put toward its success, and other criteria. Contact: PEYA Coordinator, U.S. EPA, Office of Environmental Education, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., M.C. 1704A, Washington, DC 20460;

—Kristina Gawrgy and Jessica L. Tonn

Vol. 17, Issue 06, Pages 56-57

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