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*April 20—Language: Applications are due for the G. Richard Tucker Fellowship, sponsored by the Center for Applied Linguistics. Fellows work with senior CAL staff members on one of the center?s ongoing research projects, or on a suitable project suggested by the fellow, from June 2001 through May 2002, including a four-week residency at the center in Washington. Priority will be given to proposals that focus on language education and testing or on language issues related to minorities in the United States or Canada. The fellowship is open to master?s or doctoral candidates currently enrolled in a degree program for the study of language. Applicants must have completed at least one year of full-time graduate study. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. The fellowship pays a $2,400 stipend plus travel expenses. Contact: Grace Burkart, CAL, 4646 40th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 362-0700; e-mail:

*April 30—Social studies: Nominations are due for the Social Studies Programs of Excellence Award, sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies, for outstanding social studies programs currently being implemented in the United States. Nominations must be made by a state NCSS affiliate. Winning programs will receive a commemorative gift for the institution, teacher certificates, an annual-conference presentation, and publicity. Contact: Ana C. Post, Manager of Recognition Porgrams and Special Projects, NCSS, 3501 Newark St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016-3167; (800) 296-7840, ext. 114; e-mail:

*April-May—Opera: Applications are due for Creating Original Opera, sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera Guild, for elementary and middle school teachers. One hundred participants will attend a seven-day summer program to learn how to use opera and musical theater in their classrooms. The guild pays for tuition, room, board, and supplies. A registration fee is required. Deadlines vary by region. Contact: MOG, Education at the Met, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023; (212) 769- 7028; Web site:

*May 1—Humanities: Applications are due for 2002-03 fellowships sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities for faculty and staff members of primary and secondary schools. Grants of $40,000, for nine- to twelve-month fellowships, and $24,000, for six- to eight-month fellowships, are available to pursue advanced research in the humanities. Contact: Fellowships, Division of Research Programs, NEH, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Room 318, Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606- 8200; e-mail:; Web site:

*May 1—Library security: Applications are due for the 3M Salute to Schools donation, sponsored by the 3M Co. and the American Association of School Librarians, for middle and high schools. Schools must meet eligibility requirements and demonstrate a need for library security. Recipients will be announced at the American Library Association?s annual conference and will receive up to two 3M library detection systems and a supply of 3M Tattle-Tape Security Strips for library materials. Contact: AASL Awards Program, (800) 545- 2433, ext. 4383; e-mail:; for application: ALA Fax-on-Demand system, (800) 545-2433, option 4 (request document 802); Web site:

*May 1—Social studies: Applications are due for the Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars grant, sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies, for social studies educators. The $1,000 grant is intended to help a social studies teacher improve social studies education. The grant recipient will also receive a commemorative gift, an annual-conference presentation, and publicity. Contact: Ana C. Post, Manager of Recognition Programs and Special Projects, NCSS, 3501 Newark St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016- 3167; (800) 296-7840, ext. 114; e-mail:; Web site:

*May 15—Fine arts: Applications are due for Fine Arts Grants, sponsored by the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, an arm of the National Education Association, for local NEA affiliates that administer the project. Grants are for the creation and implementation of fine-arts programs that target students at risk of failing school. Ten grants of $2,000 each are available. Local affiliates choose a teacher of art, music, theater, dance, design, media, or folk arts who is an NEA member to implement the grant. Grants must serve U.S. public middle or high school students. Contact: NFIE, 1201 16th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-3207; (202) 822-7840; e-mail:; Web site:

May 15—Teaching excellence: Nominations are due for the Award for Teaching Excellence, sponsored by the National Education Association and the NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education, for all NEA members. Nominations must be made by NEA state or local affiliates, or the national office. The award recognizes excellence in teaching and advocacy for the teaching profession. The winner will receive $25,000 and a plaque, and will be honored at an NEAFIE event in December 2001 in Washington. Contact: Carol S. McGuire, NEA, (202) 822-7842; e-mail:

May 15—Special education: Nominations are due for the National Teachers? Awards for Advancing Special Education Through the Arts, sponsored by the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children?s Education, for special education teachers. Nomination packets must describe a program that uses the arts to teach special education students. The first place winner will receive up to $5,000 with a matching grant to the school or program. Three second place winners will receive $500 each with matching grants to their schools or programs. Awards will be announced at the fall “Creative Minds” conference. Contact: National Teachers? Awards, PBMFCE, 601 Shenandoah Village Drive, Suite 1B, Waynesboro, VA 22980; Web site:

*May 15— Women engineers: Applications are due for scholarships from the Society of Women Engineers, for women enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate ABET-accredited or SWE-approved engineering or computer-science degree program. Freshman applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5; other criteria vary depending on the scholarship. More than 100 different scholarship awards are available, ranging from $1,000 to more than $5,000 per year. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Contact: Scholarship Selection Committee, SWE, 120 Wall St., 11th Floor, New York, NY 10005-3902; (212) 509-9577; fax: (212) 509-0224; e-mail:; Web site:

*May 25—Materials science: Applications are due for 10 grants of $500 each, sponsored by the ASM International Foundation, a society of metals and materials scientists, for K-12 teachers. Applicants must submit a two-page proposal describing curriculum-based, hands-on projects that enhance students? awareness of the materials around them and involve observation, communication, and math and science skills. Contact: ASMIF, Living in a Material World Program, Materials Park, OH 44073- 0002; (216) 433-3680; Web site: ation.

*May 30—Graphic arts: Applications are due for grants for education projects in the graphic-communications field, sponsored by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation, for graphic-communications teachers. Proposed programs should aim to train teachers and other faculty members and/or students about graphic-arts technology and expose students to career opportunities within the industry. Proposals submitted by May 30 are considered for full funding; proposals for grants of up to $2,500 are accepted on a rolling basis. Contact: Meredith Lamont, GAERF, 1899 Preston White Drive, Reston, VA 20191-4367; (703) 264-7200; fax: (703) 620-3165; e-mail:

*June 1—Social studies: Nominations are due for the Exemplary Research in Social Studies Award and the Jean Dresden Grambs Distinguished Career Research in Social Studies Award, sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies, for research into the issues of social studies education. The Exemplary Research award recognizes published research with a social education focus. The Jean Dresden Grambs award recognizes professionals who have made significant contributions to social studies education. Both awards include a commemorative gift, an annual-conference presentation session, and publicity. The Jean Dresden Grambs award also includes a one-year comprehensive NCSS and College and University Faculty Assembly membership. Contact: Ana C. Post, Manager of Recognition Programs and Special Projects, NCSS, 3501 Newark St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016-3167; (800) 296-7840, ext. 114; e-mail:; Web site:

*June 15—Japanese instruction: Applications are due for grants to improve K-12 instruction on Japan, sponsored by the United States- Japan Foundation. The grants fund new or existing programs with some of the following components: leadership development, information on U.S.-Japan relations and contemporary issues in both countries, training to use international issues in the classroom, and multimedia teaching tools. One-year grants may be renewed by the foundation. Letters of inquiry must be received by June 15; full grant proposals are due July 31. Contact: David Janes, Program Officer, Precollege Education Programs, USJF, 145 E. 32nd St., 12th Floor, New York, NY 10016; (212) 481-8757; fax: (212) 481-8762; e- mail:; Web site:

*June 15—Rural education: Applications are due for presentations at the annual convention of the National Rural Education Association. The conference, with the theme “Rural Education—Celebrating Diversity,” will be held in Albuquerque, N.M., on Oct. 24-27. Contact: Joe Newlin, NREA Headquarters, 246 Education Building, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523; (970) 491-7022; e-mail:


April 16—Parent leadership: Applications are due for the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership, sponsored by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, for parents of Kentucky public school students. Participants will attend three 2-day sessions to be trained in leadership and communication skills to help improve Kentucky public schools. Institutes will be held in seven Kentucky cities in the fall. Contact: PCAE, (800) 928-2111; e-mail:; Web site:

Open dates—Space education: Space Education Initiatives provides funding for Internet-based K-12 space education programs. The four programs sponsored nationwide are Moonlink, NEARlink, Marslink, and Orbital Laboratory. The availability of grant money varies by state. Educators may apply for funding through Space Explorers, Inc. Contact: SEI, (800) 965-3763; Web sites:;;;;

*Opendates—Tolerance: The Teaching Tolerance project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit group that fights discrimination, offers grants of up to $2,000 to K-12 teachers. The grants are awarded for activities promoting diversity, peacemaking, community service, or other aspects of tolerance education. Applications should include a typed, 500-word description of the activity and the proposed budget. The number of grants awarded depends on available funding. Contact: Teaching Tolerance Grants, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104; (334) 264-0286, ext. 374.


*April—Internet yearbook: Messages to the Future, a privately funded, not-for-profit organization, invites high school seniors to participate in a time-capsule project. Students may submit snapshots, home videos, letters, and essays depicting their last year in high school. After graduation, the material will be posted on a Messages to the Future Web site for each school; sites will be linked to create a national interactive yearbook. Contact:

*April 15—Advertising: Submissions are due for the Create Your Own Advertisement Competition, sponsored by New Moon Publishing Inc. as part of the Turn Beauty Inside Out campaign, for students age 16 or younger. Contestants will create original Web, video, radio, and print advertisements that encourage advertisers to move away from the use of unrealistic models, excessive makeup, photo retouching, and special lighting. Entries should relate to the theme of inner beauty. The amount of the awards depends on available funds. Contact: New Moon Ad Contest, PO Box 3620, Duluth, MN 55803-3620; (218) 728-5507, ext. 10; e-mail:; Web site: m.

*April 15—Literature: Submissions are due for the Signet Classic Scholarship Essay Contest, sponsored by Signet Classics, a publisher of literary works, for 11th and 12th graders. Each student must write an essay on one of three topics pertaining to The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, to be submitted with a cover letter from a high school English teacher. Five winners will each receive a $1,000 scholarship and a Signet Classics library for their schools. Contact: Penguin Putnam Inc., Academic Marketing Department, Signet Scholarship Essay Contest, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014; Web site:

*April 15—Rural schools: Submissions are due for the National Rural Education Association Foundation Essay Contest, for students in grades 3-12 who attend rural schools. Applicants must answer the question: How has rural America shaped my character? Elementary school entries are limited to 250 words; middle school and high school entries are limited to 500 words. The winning elementary student will receive $250; the winning middle school and high school students will each receive $500. Contact: Joe Newlin, Executive Director, NREA Headquarters, Room 246, Education Building, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1588; (970) 491-7022; e-mail:; Web site:

*April 16— Engineering: Applications are due for scholarships from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Foundation, for high school seniors, undergraduates, or graduate students enrolled full time as engineering or science majors. Scholarships will be awarded based on academic achievement, financial need, commitment to a college education, involvement in school and community, career goals, and recommendations. The program will award 300 scholarships, ranging from $500 to $7,000 each. Contact: SHPEF, 5400 E. Olympic Blvd., Suite 210, Los Angeles, CA 90022; (323) 888-2080; e-mail:; Web site:

*April 16—Ayn Rand essays: Submissions are due for an annual essay contest on Ayn Rand?s novel The Fountainhead, sponsored by the Ayn Rand Institute, for high school juniors and seniors. Students must submit 800- to 1,600-word essays on one of three topics chosen by the institute. The winning student will receive a $10,000 award; five second-prize winners will receive $2,000 each; and 10 third-prize winners will receive $1,000 each. Contact: The Fountainhead Essay Contest, ARI, PO Box 6099, Inglewood, CA 90312; (800) 365- 6552, ext. 209; e-mail:; Web site:

*April 27—Drug-abuse prevention: Submissions are due for an essay contest, sponsored by the NO-ADdiction campaign, a nonprofit initiative to prevent drug and alcohol use among students, for students in grades 9-12. In 300 words, students must explain why they have chosen not to use drugs or alcohol and what they have done to further prevention efforts in their schools or communities. Participating schools will hold competitions and select one essay for national judging by a panel of celebrity judges. Ten students will receive $1,000 each from the NO-ADdiction Scholarship Fund for postsecondary education; one school will receive $5,000 for its efforts in preventing drug and alcohol abuse. Contact: NO-ADdiction Campaign, PO Box 4628, Miami Lakes, FL 33014-0628; (800) 662-3342; e-mail:

*April 30—Asthma: Applications are due for the Will-to-Win Asthma Athletes Scholarships, sponsored by Schering/Key, a worldwide pharmaceutical company, for any asthmatic high school senior who excels in athletics and academics. Selection will be based on outstanding athletic achievement, academic achievement, community and extracurricular activities, and leadership abilities. One award of $10,000, four awards of $5,000 each, and five awards of $1,000 each are available. Contact: Will-to-Win Scholarship Foundation, 7300 Woolworth Ave., Omaha, NE 68124; (800) 558-7305; e-mail:; Web site: id6528.html.

*May 1—Boarding schools: Applications are due for the Pathways to Success scholarship program, sponsored by the Commonweal Foundation, for students new to the boarding school experience and entering grades 9-12. Scholarships may be used to attend any of the Pathways Partner Schools boarding schools. Scholarship amounts will be determined on a case-by-case basis, not to exceed $4,000 per academic year. Students must have the potential for success in a regular or accelerated classroom setting, be willing to participate in work and community-service opportunities, and demonstrate financial need. Contact: Sharon Rubin, 10770 Columbia Park, Suite 100, Silver Spring, MD 20901; (301) 592-1316; fax: (301) 592-1307; Web site: www.commonweal-

*May 1—Scholarship: Applications are due for the Sears Craftsman Scholarship, sponsored by the Youth and Education Services of the National Hot Rod Association, for college- bound high school seniors. Applicants must be seniors graduating from public, private, or parochial schools between Jan. 1 and June 30 who plan to attend an accredited college, university, or technical/vocational program. They must demonstrate good character, a minimum grade point average of 2.0, leadership ability, and involvement in extracurricular school and community activities. Preference will go to those planning a career in automotive technology, industrial/technical manufacturing, or marketing. Three students from each of the seven geographical divisions of the NHRA, including all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, will receive $1,000 scholarships. Contact: NHRA, Youth and Education Services, Sears Craftsman Scholarship, PO Box 5555, Glendora, CA 91740-9555; (626) 914-4761, ext. 427; Web site:

*May 6-12—Science fair: Applications are due for participation in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, sponsored by the Intel Corp., for students in grades 9-12. Finalists will be selected from Intel/ISEF-affiliated science fairs. Each fair may select two individual finalists and one team project to compete at the international fair in San Jose, Calif. Fair prizes, in more than a dozen scientific categories, will include scholarships from $500 to $40,000, internships, scientific field trips, and a grand-prize trip to attend the Nobel Prize ceremonies in Stockholm, Sweden. Contact: Science Service, Intel/ISEF, 1719 N St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 785- 2255; fax: (202) 785-1243; e-mail:; Web site:

*May 15— Plays: Submissions are due for the 2001 VSA Arts Playwright Discovery Award Program, sponsored by Vision, Strength, and Artistic Expression, an international organization that creates learning opportunities through the arts for people with disabilities, for students in grades 6-12 with or without disabilities. Students must enter original, one-act plays that explore perspectives on living with a disability. One play will be selected for full production or a staged reading at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. The winning playwright will receive a monetary award and travel fare to see his or her play performed. Contact: VSA Arts, 1300 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036; (800) 933-8721; (202) 737-0645; e-mail:; Web site:

*May 15—Social awareness: Submissions are due for the Kids? Solutions Contest, sponsored by Beyond Words Publishing, for students ages 9 to 16. Each entry should include a one- to two-page description of how to solve one of the problems facing the world, such as homelessness, violence, or pollution, or what the student is already doing to solve a problem at home or in the community. Beyond Words will publish 20 to 30 winning submissions in a book called Kids? Solutions. Winners will receive a free copy of the book and have the opportunity to be interviewed for television, radio, or magazines. Contact: Kids? Solutions Contest, BWP Inc., 20827 N.W. Cornell Rd., Suite 500, Hillsboro, OR 97124; (503) 531-8700; e-mail:; Web site:

*June 1—Arts: Submissions are due for the Arts Recognition and Talent Search, sponsored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, for high school seniors and artists ages 17 and 18. The foundation recognizes talent in visual arts, film and video, dance, theater, writing, photography, and musical composition and performance. Entrants must submit slides of their artwork, videotapes or audiotapes of performances, or writing samples. Winners will receive scholarships ranging from $100 to $3,000 and the chance to be named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. In addition, 125 students will be selected to take an expenses-paid trip to Miami for Arts Week, which includes formal and final performances, interviews, master classes, and group projects. Students applying by June 1 must pay a $25 entry fee; those applying between June 1 and Oct. 1 must pay $35. Contact: ARTS, 800 Brickell Ave., Suite 500, Miami, FL 33131; (800) 970-2787; Web site:

*June 1— Citizenship: Submissions are due for two essay contests, sponsored by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, for middle and high school students. Specific topics for the military essay contest vary, but students should focus on the themes of patriotism and responsible citizenship. The topic for the youth essay contest is “The Role of the American Citizen in the 21st Century.” All essays should be typed and be 500 to 1,000 words each. Each contest will honor one meritorious-award recipient with a $100 U.S. Savings Bond and a George Washington honor plaque; one junior and one senior high school student in each contest will receive a $50 U.S. Savings Bond and an honor ribbon. All entries will receive an official Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge certificate. Contact: Carolyn Hallman, Director of Awards, FFVF, 1601 Valley Forge Road, Valley Forge, PA 19482; (610) 933-8825, ext. 234; fax: (610) 935-0522; e-mail:

*June 1—Peace: Submissions are due for the 2001 Swackhamer Peace Essay Contest, for high school students, sponsored bythe Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, an international educational organization. Students must submit essays of 800 to 1,200 words on the theme “Your choice for the most important peace hero of the 20th century,” supporting their choices and describing the qualities that make the person selected a peace hero. The first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $1,500, $1,000, and $500, respectively. Contact: Swackhamer Peace Essay Contest, PMB 121, NAPF, 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794; e-mail:; Web site:

*Open dates— Caring award: The Caring Institute seeks nominations of students age 18 or younger who demonstrate extraordinary compassion, caring, and selflessness. Five winners will each receive a $2,000 college scholarship, an expenses-paid trip to Washington, and a place in the Hall of Fame for Caring Americans. Contact: CI, 320 A St. N.E., Washington, DC 20002; (202) 547-4273; e-mail:

*Open dates—Community service: Prudential Insurance?s Spirit of Community Initiative is accepting applications for the Prudential Youth Leadership Institute, for high school students who demonstrate leadership potential in their communities. Participants in the program complete 30 hours of curriculum work and a community-service project that they choose, create, and implement. Contact: Points of Light Foundation, 1400 I St. N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 729-8000; Web site:

Open dates—Creativity: Creative KidsPO Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813; (800) 998-2208; Web site:*Open dates—Creativity: Creative Kids magazine, a product of Prufrock Press, a publisher of literature to support the education of gifted children, requests submissions from students ages 8 to 14. Original cartoons, songs, stories of 800 to 900 words, puzzles, photographs, artwork, games, activities, editorials, poetry, and plays are accepted. Students whose materials are selected for publication will receive a free copy of the Creative Kids issue in which their work appears. Contact: Submissions Editor, CK, PO Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813; (800) 998-2208; Web site:

Open dates—Environmental newspaper: Greentimes, an environmental newspaper written by and for students, requests stories, opinions, comments, and ideas for publication. Contact: Elizabeth Gilmore, Greentimes, 55 Reservoir St., Cambridge, MA 02138; (617) 868-5760; Web site:

Open dates—History journal: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 Emerson Prize, a $3,000 award. Contact: CR, PO Box 661, Concord, MA 01742; (800) 331-5007 or (978) 443-0022; e- mail:; Web site:

Open dates—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. Contact: WPP, PO Box 337, Saugerties, NY 12477; (914) 246-7828.

Open dates—Student videos: CNN Newsroom & WorldView, Turner Broadcasting?s news and features program for schools, airs student-produced videos. Students may submit reports of no more than 2½ 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 classroom program. Contact: CNN Newsroom Program, 1 CNN Center, PO Box 105366, Atlanta, GA 30348- 5366; (800) 344-6219; Web site:


A version of this article appeared in the April 04, 2001 edition of Education Week


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