October 01, 1997 9 min read

A symbol (*) marks deadlines that have not appeared in a previous issue of Education Week.


Sept. 30--Doodle contest: Entries are due for the ICI Pencil Doodle Contest, “A Day in the Life of a Cedar Pencil,” sponsored by the Incense Cedar Institute. Students in grades 2-6 are eligible. The grand-prize winner for the most creative doodle in each grade level will receive a year’s supply of pencils, a T-shirt, and $100 savings bond. Second and third-place winners in each grade will receive a supply of pencils and a T-shirt. Contact: ICI-Doodle Contest, P.O. Box 7330, Stockton, CA 95267.

*Dec. 12--Poetry contest: Entries are due for the Ann Arlys Bowler Poetry Contest, sponsored by the Weekly Reader Corp.'s Read magazine. Students in grades 6-12 are asked to submit their poems. Six finalists will have their work published in the May 1998 student issue of Read. In addition, each winner will receive $100 and a medal of honor. Contact: Ann Arlys Bowler Poetry Contest, READ, 200 First Stamford Place, P.O. Box 12003, Stamford, CT 06912-0023.

Jan. 31--Bayer/NSF Award: Entries are due for the Bayer/NSF Award for Community Innovation, sponsored by the Bayer Corp. and the National Science Foundation. Teams of students in grades 6-8 are asked to identify problems in their communities and use the scientific method to solve them. Ten finalists will receive a trip to the Epcot Center at Walt Disney World in Florida and will compete for the first prize of a $5,000 savings bond for each team member, the second prize of $3,000 savings bonds, and the third prize of $1,000 savings bonds. Contact: (800) 291-6020; Web site:

Feb. 3--ExploraVision Awards: Entries are due for the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards, sponsored by Toshiba Corp. and the National Science Teachers Association. Students in grades K-12 are asked to work in teams of three or four to envision what a form of technology might look like in 20 years. Twelve teams--four first-place and eight second-place--will be selected as national winners. Each student on the first- and second-place teams will win a $10,000 or $5,000 U.S. savings bond, respectively. Team members, their parents, and their advisers will also win a trip to an awards weekend in Washington, D.C. Contact: Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards, NSTA, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201; (800) EXPLOR-9 or (703) 243-7100; e-mail:; Web site:

*Feb. 28--ThinkQuest contest: Entries are due for the ThinkQuest contest, sponsored by Advanced Network and Services Inc. The contest is open to student ages 12 to 19, and asks student teams to create web-based educational tools and materials. Each team can have teachers or mentors who act as coaches, but students are required to do the work themselves. The top prize for the winning team is $25,000 per student in scholarships, $5,000 per coach, and $5,000 per school. There are five categories: arts and literature, interdisciplinary, science and mathematics, social sciences, and sports and health. Contact: Web site:

March 19--Young Inventors Award: Entries are due for the Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Award Program sponsored by Sears, Roebuck and Co. and the National Science Teachers Association. Students in grades 4-6 are asked to invent and build a tool or modify an existing tool. The national winner will receive a $10,000 U.S. savings bond. Eleven regional winners will each receive a $5,000 savings bond. Contact: Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program, NSTA, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201; (888) 494-4994; e-mail:; Web site:


Oct. 15--Leadership grants: Applications are due for the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education’s Leadership Grants Program, which is designed to help educators deepen their content knowledge, improve their teaching skills, and provide leadership in their schools or institutions. The program offers as many as 50 grants of up to $1,000 each for public school teachers, support-staff members, and faculty and staff of public colleges and universities. The grants may be used for professional development. Contact: NFIE, (202) 822-7840; Web site:

Nov. 1--Unsung Heroes Award: Nominations are due for the Northern Life Education’s Unsung Heroes Award, sponsored by Northern Life Insurance Co. Full-time, K-12 education professionals are eligible for the award which recognizes educators for their innovative spirit and ability to positively influence the children they teach. At least 80 winners will be awarded $2,000 each to be used to further educational projects. Of the 80 finalists, three top winners will collect additional prizes of $25,000, $10,000, and $5,000. Educators can nominate themselves or be nominated by peers, students, or parents. Contact: NL, (800) 426-7050 ext. 2888; Web site:

Dec. 1--Technology grant: Applications are due for the Excellence in Teaching Technology grant, sponsored by the Foundation for Technology Education in cooperation with Hearlihy and Co. Each year an educator is presented with a $2,000 grant for excellence in teaching technology. Applicants must be K-12 teachers who are successfully integrating the study of technology into the curriculum. Contact: Hearlihy/FTE Grant, FTE, 1914 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091-1502.

Dec. 1--Technology grant: Entries are due for the Chuck Sharpe Memorial Grant for Excellence in Teaching Technology, sponsored by the Foundation for Technology Education in cooperation with Hearlihy and Co. The $1,000 award is presented to an Ohio technology education teacher at any grade level (K-12) for excellence in teaching technology. Contact: Jeff Bright, Chuck Sharpe Grant, 4948 Vicksburg Lane, Hillard, OH 43026; (614) 771-8324.

Jan. 12--Eleanor Roosevelt Fellowships: Applications are due for the 1998-99 Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowships, sponsored by the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation. The fellowships are designed to promote gender equity in public schools and are awarded to K-12 women teachers with at least three consecutive years of full-time teaching experience. Fellowship stipends of up to $10,000 are awarded. Contact: AAUW Educational Foundation, 2201 North Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (319) 337-1716 ext. 67; Web site:

*Jan. 16--GIFT grants: Applications are due for the 1998 Growth Initiatives for Teachers Program, sponsored by the GTE Foundation. Each year, the foundation awards GIFT grants to 60 teams of one math teacher and one science teacher from the same school to integrate the two subjects in the school curriculum. Individual members receive $2,500 to pursue professional development activities listed in their proposals and a $7,000 team grant to implement its school enrichment project. The grants are for public and private school math and science teachers of grades 7-12, in eligible states. Contact: GTE Foundation, (800) 315-5010.

Feb. 14--Mandel Teacher Fellowship: Applications are due for the Mandel Teacher Fellowship Program, sponsored by the education department of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The program is designed to create skilled secondary educators who can serve as leaders in Holocaust education. Up to 25 educators in grades 8-12 will be designated as Mandel Fellows. Applicants must show evidence of extensive knowledge of Holocaust history and evidence of successful teaching experience. Teachers will participate in a five-day, all-expenses-paid summer institute at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Following the institute, fellows are expected to create and implement outreach projects in their schools, communities, and professional organizations. History, social studies, and English teachers, as well as instructional-media specialists, are encouraged to apply, but other content ares will be considered as well. Contact: Stephen Feinberg, Coordinator, Mandel Teacher Fellowship Program, Education Program, USHMM, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place S.W., Washington, DC 20024-2150.

March 1--James Madison Fellowship: Applications are due for the James Madison Fellowship Program, sponsored by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation. The foundation awards fellowships to in-service secondary school teachers of American history, American government, and social studies in grades 7-12; and to graduating or graduated collegians who wish to become secondary school teachers of the same subjects. The awards of up to $24,000 cover tuition, fees, books, and room and board associated with study leading to a master’s degree in American history, political science, or education with concentrations in the framing, principles, and history of the U.S. Constitution. Stipends cover five years of part-time study by teachers or two years of full-time study by recent baccalaureates. Contact: JMFP, P.O. Box 4030, Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (800) 525-6928; fax: (319) 337-1204; e-mail:; Web site:

*March 1--NEH Summer seminars and institutes: Applications are due for Summer Seminars and Summer Institutes, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Research and Education Programs. The NEH offers full-time K-12 teachers opportunities to study humanities topics in a variety of seminars and institutes. All teachers selected to participate in a seminar or institute will be awarded a stipend ranging from $2,350 to $3,700 to cover travel costs, books, other research expenses, and living expenses. Contact: NEH Seminars and Institutes Program, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8463; TDD: (202) 606-8282; e-mail:


Oct. 23--Fulbright grants: Applications are due for the 1997 J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Program. Fulbright grants provide round-trip international travel, maintenance for the duration of the grant, a research allowance, and tuition waivers for graduate study or research abroad in academic fields for professional training in the creative and performing arts. The purpose of the grants is to increase mutual understanding between the United States and other countries. Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application and hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent by the start date of the grant. Contact: U.S. Student Programs Division, Institute of International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017; (212) 984-5330.

Dec. 20--Career education grants: Applications are due for the American Association for Career Education Grant Program. The organization will award grants for career education, and work programs, practices, and publications in April 1998. Awards will be offered in 16 areas, including counseling, staff development, program management, assessment, evaluation, research, curriculum, partnerships and coalitions, public information, and resource centers. Contact: AACE Awards, 2900 Amby Place, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-2216; (310) 376-7378; fax: (310) 376-2926.