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December 16—Leadership: Applications are due for the Outstanding Young Educator Award, sponsored by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. The award recognizes an education professional, forty years old or younger, who has had a positive impact on students and who serves as a model for other educators. The recipient will receive an ASCD institutional membership and a $10,000 prize. Contact: Christy Thorp, ASCD, 1703 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311; (703) 575-5608; e-mail:

January 3—Libraries: Applications are due for the National School Library Media Program of the Year Award, sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians and Follett Library Resources. The award recognizes school library media programs that ensure effective use of information resources by students and staff. Awards are given in three categories: large school district, small school district and single school. Winners receive a $10,000 prize. Contact: AASL, 50 East Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433 ext. 4381; e-mail:; Web site:

*January 13—Professional development: Applications are due for the 2003 Toyota International Teacher Program, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc. The program offers 50 professional development grants that allow winners to travel to Japan to learn about Japanese education, culture, history and technology. Secondary school teachers in grades 9-12 teaching full-time in Alabama, California, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri and West Virginia are eligible to apply. Applicants must have at least three years of teaching experience. Contact: TITP, Institute of International Education, 1400 K Street, N.W., Suite 650, Washington, D.C. 20005-2403; (877)-TEACH-JP; e-mail:; Web site:

*January 29—Science: Applications are due for the 2003 Woodrow Wilson CORE Institute in Biology, sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Fellowships are available for about 40 middle and high school biology teachers. Each recipient receives a $1,000 stipend and participates in the development of educational materials and strategies. Contact: WWNFF, CN 5281, Princeton, NJ 08543-5281; (800) 899-9963; Web site:

*February 1—Foreign studies: Applications are due for the 2003 Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Awards, sponsored by the United States-Japan Foundation. The award recognizes two K-12 teachers in the humanities and Japanese language. Applicants must be full-time K-12 teachers who display evidence of their abilities to enhance student knowledge of Japanese culture and language. Each award recipient receives a certificate of recognition, a $2,500 cash prize, and a $5,000 award to put toward their projects. Contact: David Janes, USJF, 145 East 32nd St., New York, NY 10016; (212) 481-8757; e-mail:; Web site:

*February 1—Science: Applications are due for the 2003-2004 Albert Einstein Distinguished Fellowship Program, sponsored by the U.S Department of Energy and the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education. The program is open to K-12 science, math and technology teachers interested in serving a 10-month fellowship in Washington in which they help develop science education policies and programs. Applicants must have five years of full-time teaching experience. Contact: John Ortman, The Triangle Coalition, 1201 New York Ave., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005; (800) 582-0115; fax: (202) 289-1303; e-mail: tricoal@triangle-; Web site: or

*February 3—Special education: Applications are due for the 2003 Shaklee Teacher Award, sponsored by the Shaklee Institute for Improving Special Education. The award recognizes 10 special education teachers. Each recipient receives a $1,000 cash prize, an award sculpture, and an all-expense paid trip to participate in a five-day professional development summer session. Contact: Jennifer Tribue, SIISE, (316) 634-8792 or (800) 835-1043; e-mail:; Web site:


December 15—Achievement: Applications are due for the Achievement Scholarship Program, sponsored by the AXA Foundation. The program will provide 52 $10,000 college scholarships for high school students from each U.S. state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Ten finalists will also be selected as national winners. They will each receive an additional $15,000 scholarship, a computer, and an internship offer from AXA. Contact: AXA ASP, Scholarship Management Services, CSFA, 1505 Riverview Road, PO Box 297, Saint Peter, MN 56082; Web site:

January 2—Science: Applications are due for the Young Naturalists Awards, sponsored by the J.P Morgan Chase Foundation and the American Museum of Natural History. Students in grades 7-12 will be asked to plan a scientific expedition on any topic in biology, earth science or astronomy. Twelve winners will receive cash prizes ranging from $500 to $2,500. The winning essays will also be published on the museum’s Web site. Contact: AMNH, Central Park West at 79th St., New York, NY 10024-5192; (212) 533-0222; e-mail:; Web site:

January 10—Student scholarship: Applications are due for the Discover Card Tribute Award Scholarship program, sponsored by Discover Financial Services and the American Association of School Administrators. The awards recognize high school juniors who excel in many areas, including academics. Nine $2,500 scholarships are available in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Applicants must have a 2.75 GPA or higher. Nine national winners will also each receive a $25,000 scholarship. Contact: DCTAS, AASA, PO Box 9338, Arlington, VA 22219; Web site: or

January 15—Student conference: Applications are due for the UNA-USA High School Model U.N. Conference, sponsored by the United Nations Association of the United States of America. The conference is for students in grades 7-12. Student are asked to prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the U.N.'s rules of procedures. Contact: Melissa Yahre, UNA-USA, 801 Second Ave., New York, NY 10017; (212) 907-1334; fax: (212) 682-9185; Web site:

*January 31—Community involvement: Applications are due for the Christopher Columbus Awards competition, sponsored by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation. The contest is open to middle school students. Student teams and their coaches will be asked to use science or technology to research and solve a community problem or need. Ten finalists will each win a trip to Walt Disney World to compete for up to $36,000 in U.S savings bonds and a $25,000 Columbus Foundation Community grant. Contact: CCA 105 Terry Drive, Suite 120, Newtown, PA 18940-3425; (800) 291-6020; Web site:

*January 31—Education: Applications are due for the Young Investor Essay Contest, sponsored by the Columbia Management Group. The contest is open to students in grades 5-12. Each applicant must write an essay about a financial topic or development they believe to be important to investors. Essays will be judged in four categories divided by age group. First place winners will each receive $5,000 in young investor fund shares. Contact: Young Investor Essay Contest, c/o Columbia Management Group, One Financial Center—MADE11513A, Boston, MA 02111; (800) 403-KIDS; Web site:

*January 31—Science: Applications are due for the Name the Rovers contest, sponsored by the LEGO Company and the Planetary Society in conjunction with NASA. Students in grades K-12 are eligible. Participants will be asked to suggest names for two space rovers slated to land on Mars in 2004 and provide a 50-500 word essay explaining why their selections should be used. The winner will receive a trip for four to witness the spring 2003 launch of the rovers at Cape Canaveral, Fla. Contact: NASA, Name the Rovers Contest Entries, PO Box 4419, Blair, NE 68009-4419; Web site:

*January 31—Technology: Applications are due for the Technological Humanist Awards program, sponsored by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The awards recognize Massachusetts high school teachers who inspire students and illustrate how they can address social issues and impact the world by using math and science. Students are asked to nominate a teacher by writing a 250-word personal statement explaining why their teacher deserves the award. The first prize winner will receive a $5,000 cash award toward equipment, professional development or activities designed to enhance education. Contact: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609-2280; (508) 831-5305; fax: (508) 831-5280; e-mail:; Web site:

*February 14—Music education: Applications are due for the School House Jam contest, sponsored by Oscar Mayer. Students in grades K-5 are eligible to compete. Teachers are asked to submit entries containing a VHS of five or more students singing their rendition of one of Oscar Mayer’s famous bologna or hot dog jingles. One school from each state will win a $10,000 grant toward their music education program and be visited by the Wienermobile. The national winner will receive a $15,000 grant for their music program. Contact: Oscar Mayer School House Jam Contest, PO Box 4778, Blair, NE 68009-4778; (800) 672-2754; Web site:

Ongoing until March 7—Education: Applications are due for the Salute to Education contest, sponsored by the Kimberly-Clark Corp., maker of Kleenex and Huggies. The contest recognizes teachers in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Delaware who have had a significant impact on the lives of their students. The contest is open to students ages 9 to 18. A teacher will be selected randomly each month and receive a $1,500 cash prize. The winner’s school will also receive a $1,500 donation and the student who nominated the winning teacher will receive $500. Contact: ShopRite; (800) 746-7748; Web site:

A version of this article appeared in the December 11, 2002 edition of Education Week


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