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April 29—Essay contest: Submissions are due for an essay contest sponsored by the Harry Singer Foundation. All teachers are eligible to submit essays on the topic, “What Do We Do When Adults Refuse to Be Good Role Models for Their Children?” A grand-prize winner will receive $5,000, and 10 other winners will receive $100 each. Contact: Essay Contest, HSF, PO Box 223159, Carmel, CA 93922; (831) 625-4223; fax: (831) 624-7994; e-mail:; Web site:

May 1— History institutes: Applications are due for summer 2002 teacher institutes, sponsored by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. All K-12 teachers are eligible for institutes covering early-American history. Contact: Teacher Institute, Education Outreach, CWF, PO Box 1776, Williamsburg, VA 23187- 1776; (757) 220-7582; fax: (757) 565-8916; e-mail:; Web site:

*May 1— Humanities: Submissions are due for humanities research fellowships sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Faculty and staff members of primary and secondary schools are eligible to apply for grants of $40,000, awarded for nine- to 12- month fellowships, and $24,000, awarded for six- to eight-month fellowships. 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—Social studies: Applications are due for the Christa McAuliffe “Reach for the Stars” award, sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies. Award recipients receive $1,000 to assist teachers in developing innovative methods to teach social studies. Recipients also receive a commemorative gift and recognition at the council’s annual conference. Contact: NCSS, 8555 16th St., Suite 500, Silver Spring, MD 20910; (800) 296-7840; Web site:

*May 3—Classroom painting: Submissions are due for the Colorful Classrooms Campaign, sponsored by the Glidden Paint Company. Anyone may nominate a classroom by submitting essays, poems, photographs, or works created by children. Glidden volunteers will paint selected kindergarten classrooms across the country free of charge. Self-nominations also are accepted. Contact: CCC, GPC, 925 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115; (800) 454-3336; Web site:

*May 15—At- risk students: Applications are due for awards from the ACT Awards Program, sponsored by ACT. Demonstration programs, studies, and evaluation programs that help at-risk students are eligible for awards to further the programs’ research. About six awards totaling $50,000 are available. Contact: ACT Director of Policy Research—62, 2255 N. Dubuque Road, PO Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243-0168; Web site: html.

May 31—Achievement awards: Nominations are due for new achievement awards sponsored by the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation. Two awards recognize excellence in education scholarship and reform. One prize is for distinguished education scholarship, for major contributions to education research. The other is for education valor, for leadership in education reform at the national, state, or local level. Each award recipient will receive $25,000. Contact: Terry Ryan, Prize Coordinator, (202) 223-5452; e-mail:; Web site:

*June 1— Social studies: Submissions are due for the Exemplary Research in Social Studies Award, sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies. Researchers who have published works with a social education focus are eligible. The winner will have a presentation session at the council’s annual conference, among other prizes. Contact: NCSS, 8555 16th St., Suite 500, Silver Spring, MD 20910; (301) 588-1800; fax: (301) 588-2049; Web site:


*April 30—Asthma: Submissions are due for the Will-to-Win Asthma Athletes Scholarships, sponsored by Schering/Key, a worldwide pharmaceutical company. Any asthmatic high school senior who excels in athletics as well as academics is eligible. One scholarship of $10,000, four of $5,000, and five of $1,000 are available. Contact: Schering/Key Corp., 2918 N. 72nd St., Omaha, NE 68134; (800) 558-7305; e-mail:; Web site: id6528.html.

April 30—Flag Day contest: Submissions are due for the Flag Day 2002 Art and Writing Contest, sponsored by the National Flag Foundation. Students in grades K-6 submit essays or illustrations expressing positive thoughts about the American flag, following the theme “The Flag: Touching All Generations.” Winners will be announced on the foundation’s Web site by Flag Day, June 14. Contact: Barbara Goldman, NFF, 1275 Bedford Ave., Flag Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA 15219; Web site:

*April 30— Inventors contest: Submissions are due for the Ghostline Poster Contest, sponsored by, the Web site of Ghostline poster board. Students in grades 1-6 create posters describing “the invention that has been most important in my life and why.” One first-place winner in each grade receives $100 for the student and $100 for his or her teacher. Second- and third-place prizes of $50 and $25, respectively, are given to students in each grade. Contact: Ghostline Poster Contest, PO Box 251248, Plano, TX 75025; (972) 312-0090; e-mail:; Web site:

*May 1—Vocational education: Submissions are due for the Sears Craftsman Scholarship, sponsored by the Youth and Education Services of the National Hot Rod Association and Sears. Applicants must be seniors graduating from public, private, or parochial schools, and planning to attend accredited colleges, universities, or vocational/technical programs. Preference is given to those planning a career in automotive technology, industrial or 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, receive $1,000 scholarships. Contact: SCS, NHRA Youth and Education Services, 2035 Financial Way, Glendora, CA 91741-4602; (626) 914-4761, ext. 427; Web site:

*May 1—Science: Submissions are due for a Web-based science contest, sponsored by, the makers of HOBO brand science equipment. K-12 students use data devices provided by the sponsor that measure environmental conditions to conduct classroom experiments or science projects. Students win prizes ranging from a $20 gift certificate toward HOBO equipment to $100 and a HOBO data logger. Awards are given in four grade divisions: K-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12. Contact: Rich Marvin, Program Manager, (800) 564-4366; e- mail:; Web site:

*May 15— Social awareness: Submissions are due for the Generation Fix: Young Leaders for a Better World Contest, sponsored by Beyond Words Publishing Inc. Students ages 9 to 16 submit essays describing how to address one of the problems facing the world, such as homelessness, violence, or pollution. Beyond Words publishes 20 to 30 winning submissions in a book called Kids’ Solutions. Winners receive a free copy of the book and have the opportunity to be interviewed for television, radio, or magazines. Contact GFYLBWC, BWP, 20827 N.W. Cornell Road, Suite 500, Hillsboro, OR 97124; (503) 531-8700; e-mail:; Web site:

*May 15—Women engineers: Submissions are due for scholarships sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers. Women are eligible if they are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate engineering degree program, or computer-science program, accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology or by SWE. About 100 scholarships from $1,000 to $5,000 are available. Contact: Scholarship Selection Committee, SWE, 230 E. Ohio, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60611; (312) 596-5223; fax: (312) 644-8557; 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. Graduating high school seniors or artists who are 17 and 18 years old are eligible. The foundation acknowledges talent in visual arts, film and video, dance, theater, writing, photography, and music composition and performance. Among other prizes winners receive scholarships from $100 to $3,000 and the chance to be named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Contact: ARTS, 800 Brickell Ave., Suite 500, Miami, FL 33131; (800) 970-2787; e-mail:; Web site:

*June 1— Patriotism: Submissions are due for two essay contests for middle and high school students, sponsored by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. Students submit 500 to 1,000 words on specific topics for a military essay contest and a youth essay contest. Each contest honors one meritorious award recipient with a $100 U.S. savings bond and a George Washington honor plaque; one middle school student and one high school student in each contest receive a $50 U.S. savings bond and an honor ribbon. 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:; Web site:

*June 1—Peace: Submissions are due for the 2002 Swackhamer Peace Essay Contest, sponsored by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, an international educational organization. High school students submit essays of no more than 1,500 words on the theme “What policies should the U.S. government establish to significantly limit and end the use of weapons of mass destruction?” The first-, second-, and third-place winners receive $1,500, $1,000, and $500, respectively. Contact: SPEC, PMB 121, NAPF, 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1, Santa Barbara, CA 93108- 2794; e-mail:; Web site:

A version of this article appeared in the April 24, 2002 edition of Education Week


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