October 22, 2003 5 min read


November 12—Community involvement: Applications are due for the Gleitsman Foundation’s 2004 Citizen Activist Award. The award honors teachers, administrators, education activists, and citizens who have helped improve K-12 education. Honorees will share a $100,000 award.
Contact: GF, PO Box 6888, Malibu, CA 90264; Web site: en/nomination.html.

November 15—Science: Applications are due for the Shell Science Teaching Award, sponsored by the Shell Oil Co. The award will recognize one science educator who demonstrates outstanding learning techniques in science. Classroom science teachers of grades K-12 teaching full time within the United States or Canada are eligible to apply. The winner will receive a $10,000 prize and an all-expenses paid trip to the National Science Teachers Association’s annual convention.
Contact: NSTA, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201; (703) 243-7100; Web site:

November 17— Higher education: Applications are due for the College Board 2004 Inspiration Awards. The awards recognize three public high schools that demonstrate excellence in academic growth and successfully help disadvantaged students achieve their higher education goals despite social, cultural, and economic challenges. Public high schools in the United States with more than 40 percent of students participating in the federal free or reduced-price lunch program are eligible to apply. Winners receive a $25,000 award.
Contact: Office of Public Affairs, CB, 45 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10023; (212) 713-8052; fax: (212) 713-8184; e-mail: ; Web site: rationawards.

December 1—Service learning: Applications are due for the Boyer Center’s Best Practices 2004 Service Learning Award. The award recognizes service-learning programs in elementary schools that connect curriculum and the community. Three winners will each receive a $10,000 prize.
Contact: Donald Murk, BC, Messiah College, 1 College Ave., Grantham, PA 17027; (717) 796-5077; e-mail:; Web site:

December 1— History: Applications are due for the 2004 OAH Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Precollegiate Teaching Award, sponsored by the Organization of American Historians. The award recognizes precollegiate teachers who seek to improve history education as well as teacher and student development in history. The winner will receive a $750 cash award, a one-year membership in the OAH, and the organization’s Magazine of History. Precollegiate history or social studies teachers are eligible to apply.
Contact: OAH, 112 N. Bryan Ave., PO Box 5457, Bloomington, IN 47408-5457; (812) 855-7311; Web site:


October 31—Community involvement: Applications are due for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The awards honor middle and high school students who perform outstanding community service.
Teachers, guidance counselors, and volunteer groups may nominate students in grades 5-12. Ten national winners will each receive a $5,000 prize and $250,000 in toys and clothing donated in their names to needy children.
Contact: Scott Peterson, PF, 751 Broad St., Newark, NJ 07102; (973) 802-4568; fax: (973) 802-4718; Web site:

No vember 15—Science: Applications are due for the Team America Rocketry Challenge, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry. Teams of three to 15 students will be asked to design, build, and fly model rockets carrying eggs. Middle and high school students attending public or private schools in the United States are eligible to apply. The top 100 teams in the country will compete in a national “fly- off” in May 2004. The top 10 teams will share a $50,000 prize.
Contact: AIA, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1700, Arlington, VA 22209; Web site:

December 1—Science: Applications are due for the Sydney’s Star Invention Contest, sponsored by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. Students from the United States and Canada in grades 1-8 are asked to submit a creative idea, working prototype or invention, or a design that they believe could change the world.
Four grand-prize winners will receive one-year subscription to Science Weekly, have their ideas illustrated by author Peter Reynolds, and receive autographed copies of his children’s book Sydney’s Star for themselves and their school library.
Contact: S&SCP, Marketing Department, Sydney’s Star Contest, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, Fourth Floor, New York, NY 10020; Web site:

December 1—Scholarship: Applications are due for the Teachers Against Prejudice essay contest. Middle and high school students are asked to write a 600- to 750-word essay examining how television, music, and the media portray diverse groups and the impact those outlets have on stereotypes and prejudice. Two first-place winners will each receive a $150 savings bond. Two second- place winners will each receive a $75 saving bond.
Contact: TAP, PO Box 8644, New Haven, CT 06531; e-mail: contest@teachersagainstpreju; Web site: .

December 8—Community involvement: Applications are due for the Good-Neighbor Service-Learning Awards, sponsored by Youth Service America and the State Farm Insurance Foundation. The awards recognize students and teachers who act as community leaders. Students ages 5 to 25, teachers, and service-learning coordinators in the United States are eligible to apply. One hundred grants of $1,000 each will be awarded to implement service-learning projects for National Youth Service Day 2004, on April 16-18.
Contact: Good Neighbor Service-Learning Awards, c/o Toyasha Vaughn, Grants Manager,YSA, 1101 15th St. N.W., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005; e-mail:; Web site: overview_parent.cfm.