February 16, 2000 8 min read

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


*March 1—Handwriting: Submissions are due for the National Handwriting Contest for students in grades 1-6, sponsored by Zaner-Bloser Educational Publishers and Papermate. Six national champions in each grade will receive $500 U.S. Savings Bonds as well as plaques for themselves and their schools. One grand national champion will receive an additional $500 Savings Bond. Entries are judged based on size, shape, slant, and spacing. Contact: Jeff Clowdus, Program Director, National Handwriting Contest, Zaner- Bloser, 2200 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus, OH 43215; (614) 487- 2843.

*March 1—Scholarships: Applications are due for Wal- Mart’s Competitive Edge scholarships, which be awarded to 257 high school seniors interested in college study related to manufacturing, industry, or technology. Applicants must have an ACT score of 27 or higher or an SAT score of 1100 or higher, and must rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating classs. They must also have proven leadership ability as well as a record of community service. Winners will each receive a $5,000 yearly scholarship, renewable for four years, to one of 144 participating universities. Contact: Keely Beene, Wal-Mart Community Programs, 702 S.W. 8th St., Bentonville, AR 72716-9003; Web site:

March 1—Stock market: Registration is due for the Stocks That Rock! Competition, in which students manage a $100,000 “virtual” stock portfolio, sponsored by Junior Achievement and MainXchange. The competition runs between Feb. 1 and March 31. Contact: MainXed, 2 N. Dean St., Englewood, NJ 07631; (201) 569-4343; fax: (201) 568-3922;

*March 10—Inventions: Submissions are due for the annual Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program, sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association and Sears, Roebuck, and Co. sponsor. This program encourages students in grades 2-8 to design, build, or modify a tool. Twelve finalists will each receive a $5,000 U.S. Savings Bond; two winners will be awarded an additional $5,000 Savings Bond. Contact: Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201; (888) 494-4994; e-mail:; Web site:

March 31—News writing: Submissions are due for the “News of the Century” contest, sponsored by Copernicus Interactive, and USA Today Education, in which students are asked to write a newspaper that covers all of the major events of last 100 years. Entries will posted on-line and winning entries will be included in a special publication. Contact: Andrew Edson, Rivkin & Associates, (212) 213-718; Web site:

May 1—Food service: Applications are due for the National Restaurant Association’s undergraduate merit scholarship for high school seniors. Scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded to students who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 and a minimum of 250 hours of restaurant or food-service-related work. Contact: NRA, 250 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60606; (312) 715-1010; fax: (312) 715-1362;

June 31— Social responsibility: Submissions are due for the essay and art contest “What Do You Want That Money Can’t Buy?,” sponsored by the Center for a New American Dream. Contestants, who must be 17 years old or younger by the deadline, will compete for two $1,000 scholarships. Contact: CNAD, 6930 Carroll Ave., Ste. 900, Takoma Park, MD 20912; (301) 891-3683; fax: (301) 891-3684; e-mail: Web site:


March 1—American history: Applications are due for the James Madison Memorial Fellowship, sponsored by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation. At least one fellowship, designed to strengthen instruction about the U.S. Constitution, is awarded annually to secondary school teachers of American history, social studies, or American government. Contact: James Madison Fellowship Program, PO Box 4030, Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (800) 525-6928; fax: (319) 337- 1204; e-mail:; Web site:

*March 1—Field research: Applications are due for the Earthwatch Teacher Fellowship, sponsored by more than 40 corporations and administered by Earthwatch, a nonprofit group that supports scientific field research worldwide. Educators chosen will work side by side with expedition researchers; field research is multidisciplinary, so all full-time teachers are eligible. Counselors and administrators may also apply. Each fellow is eligible for funding to cover part or all of the expedition. Contact: Brian Barry, Education Awards Manager, Earthwatch, 680 Mount Auburn St., Box 9104, Watertown, MA 02272; (800) 776-0188, ext. 118; e-mail; Web site:

March 1— Leadership: Applications are due for the Leadership Grant Program sponsored by the National Education Association’s National Foundation for the Improvement of Education. Up to 50 grants of $1,000 each will be awarded to improve professional development at schools. Contact: NFIE, 1201 16th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 822-7840; fax: (202) 822-7779; Web site:

*March 1—Staff development: Applications are due for the Leadership Grants for Educators, sponsored by the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education. The program supports professional development aimed at encouraging collegial work among teachers.. Up to 50 $1,000 grants are awarded. Contact: Lisa Kothari, NFIE, 1201 16th St. N.W., Suite 416, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 822-7840; Web site:

*March 1—Teacher exchange: Applications are due for the New Independent States Awards for Excellence in Teaching, sponsored by the American Councils for International Education, a nonprofit education, training, and consulting organization. U.S. middle and high school teachers of the humanities, social studies, or English as a second language are invited to apply. Up to 28 winners will participate in a two-week program in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Contact: Karen Hollis, ACIE, 1766 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 833-7522; e-mail:; Web site:

March 15— Curriculum: Applications are due for the Excellence in Teaching Cabinet Grant, sponsored by Curriculum Associates. Winners will receive a $1,000 implementation grant for a submitted project, and up to $500 worth of Curriculum Associates materials. Contact: CA, PO Box 2001, North Billerica, MA01862; (978) 667-8000; fax: (978) 663-0521; e-mail:

*March 15—Geography: Applications are due to the National Geographic Society Education Foundation for approximately 30 grants of up to $1,250 each to support innovative geography education. Applicants must have graduated from summer geography institutes held by the National Geographic Society or a state geographic alliance. Contact: Christopher Shearer, Program Officer, NGSEF, 1145 17th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-4688; Web site:

*March 22—Social studies: Applications are due to the Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education, created by the National Council for the Social Studies, for two grants that will be awarded to social studies teachers. The Demonstration Project award of up to $20,000 will support an innovative project focused on the theme: “Social Studies Standards: Are They Impacting Student Learning?” The $1,000 Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award will support a project designed by a social studies teacher. NCSS members who are currently teaching are eligible for both grants. Contact: FASSE Demonstration Projects Grant/Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award, NCSS, 3501 Newark St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840; Web site: tml.

*April 1—Library science: Applications are due to the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, for financial assistance to those planning a career in children’s libraries. Two $6,000 Bound To Stay Bound Books Scholarships and two $6,000 Frederic G. Melcher Scholarships are available. Applicants must have been accepted to, but not yet begun, coursework toward a master’s or other advanced degree in library science, and must commit to work in the field for at least one year after graduation. Contact: ALSC or the Office for Human Resources Development, ALA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611- 2795; (312) 280-4281; e-mail or;

.*April 15— Humanities: Applications are due for the Humanities Focus Grant, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant is designed to support groups of educators working to improve teaching and learning in the humanities. The maximum award is $25,000 and covers the cost of travel, materials, and administration. Schools, colleges, museums, and other nonprofit organizations may apply. Contact: Division of Research and Education Programs, NEH, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8380; e-mail:; Web site:

*April 21— Language: Applications are due for the Richard Tucker Fellowship, sponsored by the Center for Applied Linguistics. The eight-week fellowship in Washington pays a $2,400 stipend and travel expenses of up to $1,000. Applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. or Canadian master’s or doctoral-degree program in a field relating to the study of language; they must also have completed the equivalent of at least one year of full-time graduate study. Priority is given to proposals focusing on language education or on language issues relating to minorities in the United States or Canada. Contact: Grace Burkart, CAL, 4646 40th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016; e-mail:

Aug. 31— Technology: Applications are due for the SMARTer Kids Foundation Grants, to be used in the form of discounts on SMART products, a line of classroom materials. Grants must be used by Sept. 30 of this year. Contact: SMARTer Kids Foundation, 1177 11th Ave. S.W., Suite 600, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2R 1K9; (403) 228-8565; Web site:

A version of this article appeared in the February 16, 2000 edition of Education Week