April 26, 2000 4 min read

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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;

*May 10—Photo contest: Submissions are due for the Snapshot of America, sponsored by the Poloroid Education Program, an arm of the Poloroid Corporation, a camera company. To enter, a students must take a photo of his or hertheir familyies in front of its their residences, as part of in order to conduct a “visual census.”. Prizes include classroom equipment for the submitting teachers, photographic equipment for each of three winning student, and cameras for all students in the winning student’s classroom. Contact: Tom Crockett, PEP, 1220 Manchester Ave.nue, Norfolk, VA 23508; e-mail: Web site:

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:


May 15—Lesson plans: Applications are due for 200 $2,500 grants from the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education and the shoe manufacturer Nike, sponsors of the Jordan Fundamentals Program. Grants are available to teachers and paraprofessionals who serve 6th to 12th graders and work in public schools in impoverished neighborhoods. Contact: JFP, NFIE, 1201 16th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-3207; (202) 822-7840;

June 30—Technology: Applications are due for grants from Wolfram Research Inc., the producer of the software program Mathematica, to support K-12 teachers who use Mathematica to develop computer-based classroom materials. Recipients will receive Mathematica training at Wolfram Research’s corporate headquarters in Champaign, Ill., copies of Mathematica software for their schools, and technical support. The number of grant recipients varies. Contact: (800) 441-MATH, ext. 703; e-mail:; rams/hsgp.

July 15—Volunteerism: Applications are due for the second annual Nickelodeon Bright Orange Teacher Contest, open to teachers of grades 1-8 and sponsored by the Nickelodeon cable-television channel. Applicants must submit lesson plans that incorporate the Nickelodeon child-volunteer initiative “The Big Help.” The winning teaching will receive $5,000, a computer for personal use, and on-air recognition; his or her school will receive a computer, school supplies, and a television and VCR. Contact: Nickelodeon, PO Box 979, New York NY 10108; Web site:

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:


May 1—Student journalism: Applications are due for a contest sponsored by Time for Kids, a division Time magazine, to find a young representative to attend the Democratic and Republican national conventions this summer. An applicant must be 13 years old or younger as of July 21 and submit a 500-word essay on why he or she is the best candidate to represent children at the conventions. Contact:, TFK, Time and Life Building, 25th Floor, Rockefeller Center, New York, NY 10020;

May 1—Urban education: Submissions are due for the fall edition of Narratives, a publication of the Learning Communities Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to equitable school improvements. The publication is composed of first-person commentaries on growth and change in urban districts, and is printed in both English and Spanish. Contact: Janice Garthrite, LCN, 1422 Euclid Ave., Suite 1668, Cleveland, OH 44115-2001; (216) 575-7535; e-mail:

May 31—Library security: Applications are due for the 3M Salute to Schools Program, which provides $1 million in detection systems to school libraries, sponsored by the 3M Foundation, an arm of the 3M manufacturing company, and the American Association of School Librarians. Middle schools and high schools are eligible to apply for the security systems. Contact: AASL; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4383; e-mail:; Web site:

June 30—Math and science: Applications are due for the Digital Age Math and Science Teaching Grants, from MathSoft Inc., an education software developer. The grants are available to educators and schools that would use the MathSoft StudyWorks software and materials. Applicants must submit a proposal of at least 1,000 words detailing how they would use StudyWorks in their 7th to 12th grade classrooms. Schools sponsoring winning teachers receive 25 copies each of StudyWorks Mathematics Deluxe and Science programs. Winning educators qualify for a $200 stipend each toward the cost of attending math, science, or technology conferences. Applications also will be reviewed after Sept. 30. Contact: MS Inc., 101 Main St., Cambridge, MA 02142; (617) 577-1017; fax (617) 577-8829; e-mail:;

A version of this article appeared in the April 26, 2000 edition of Education Week