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January 10—Fellowships: Applications are due for the Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowships from the American Association of University Women. The fellowships provide professional development opportunities for female public school teachers. Recipients will receive up to $5,000 each to attend conferences and workshops on gender equity, attend a five-day institute, and receive seed money for school-based gender-equity programs. Applicants are also eligible to apply for $10,000 project implementation grants and $2,000 dissemination grants for gender-equity projects.
Contact: AAUW Educational Foundation, Dept. 60, 2201 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (319) 337-1716 ext. 60; Web site:

January 28— Scholarships: Applications are due for the 2004 Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning from Inspiration Software, a Portland-Ore.- based software publisher that develops visual learning tools for K-12 students. Scholarships support professional development for teachers that use or integrate visual learning and technology in the curriculum. Teachers in K- 12 schools and colleges that have at least one year of experience are eligible to apply. Thirty scholarships of $750 each are available.
Contact: Charis Loeung, IS, 7412 S.W. Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy., Suite 102, Portland, OR 97225-2167; (800) 877-4292; fax: (503) 297-4676; e-mail:; Web site:

January 29—Partnerships: Applications are due for the National School and Business Partnership Awards from the Council for Corporate and School Partnerships, which was founded by the Coca-Cola Foundation to identify and support partnerships between schools and businesses.
The awards will recognize six partnerships between K-12 schools and businesses that demonstrate a solid foundation, successful implementation, sustainability, and strong academic impact.
Contact: Southard Davis, Widmeyer Communications, 1825 Connecticut Avenue N.W, Fifth Floor, Washington, DC 20009; fax: (202) 667-0902; e-mail:; Web site:

February 1—Science: Applications are due for the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy. The fellowships, which are available to elementary and secondary mathematics and science teachers, provide stipends of $5,000 per month and one-year terms in congressional offices or federal agencies in Washington.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have a minimum of five years teaching experience, work full-time in a public or private elementary or secondary school, and spend at least 75 percent of their classroom time on math, science, or technology issues.
Contact: Todd Clark, Office of Science, USDE, 1000 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20585-0118; (202) 586-7174; fax: (202) 586-8054; e-mail:; Web site: www.scied.scie

February 2—Economics: Applications are due for the Practical Money Skills for Life Educator Challenge sponsored by Visa USA and the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda.
The contest is designed to bring creative personal finance lessons into the classroom. Educators from grades 7-12 that teach money management skills are eligible to apply. The grand prizewinner will receive a $2,500 gift certificate for books and classroom supplies, a personal computer, and a mini- computer lab for his or her classroom.
Contact: Kristy Thomas; e-mail:;Web site:

February 2—International education: Applications are due for the Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Awards sponsored by the United-States-Japan Foundation. The award recognizes two K-12 teachers who teach students the differences between Americans and Japanese and further respect and understanding of both cultures.
Teachers in the United States with at least five years of teaching experience are eligible to apply. The two winners will each receive an honorary certificate, a $2,500 cash award, and a $5,000 project grant.
Contact: David Janes, USJF, 145 E. 32nd St., New York, NY 10016; (212) 481-8757l e- mail:; Web site:

February 3—Character education: Applications are due for Promising Practices citations from the Character Education Partnership. The awards recognize K-12 schools and districts that implement character education practices such as service learning, sportsmanship, and staff development.
Recipients are honored as model programs and receive published recognition.
Contact: CEP, PPC, 1025 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 1011, Washington, DC 20036; (800) 988-8081; e-mail:; Web site:

February 9—Science: Applications are due for the Perfect Classroom Competition, sponsored by the NEC Foundation of America. The contest is designed to encourage middle school science teachers to creatively document their idea of a perfect classroom. Applicants are asked to provide a video essay describing the ideal classroom.
Only middle school science teachers are eligible to apply. Three winners will receive awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Contact: NEC, PCC, Science Service, 1719 N. St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; Web site: sp.

March 1—Humanities: Applications are due for fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The fellowships offer K-12 teachers, librarians, and administrators the opportunity to attend various summer workshops and seminars on the humanities. Stipends from $2,800 to $3,700 are available.
Contact: NEH Seminars and Institutes Program, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Room 302, Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8463; e-mail:; Web site:

March 1—Libraries: Applications are due for 3M Salute to Schools awards sponsored by 3M and the American Association of School Librarians. The awards support library security products for up to 100 schools in the United States. 3M will award two library detection systems and security strips valued at $15,000. Middle and high schools in the United States are eligible to apply.
Contact: AASL Awards Program; (800) 545-2433 ext. 4383; e-mail:; Web site:


January 9— Science: Applications are due for the 2004 Young Naturalist Awards from the American Museum of Natural History. The awards recognize excellence in science and communication among public, private, and home-school students in grades 7-12. Each applicant will be asked to conduct environmental research and write an essay based on their research. Twelve scholarships, ranging from $500 to $2,500, will be awarded. Thirty-six finalists will also receive $50 cash awards and certificates of recognition. The teachers of the 12 award winners will receive books for their classrooms.
Contact: Young Naturalist Awards Administrator,NCSLET, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024; Web site: http://www.amnh .org/nationalcenter/youngnaturalistawards.

January 9—Safety: Applications are due for Safety Belt Poster Contest, sponsored by GEICO, the nation’s fifth largest auto insurance company. The contest asks students ages 6 to 15 from private and public schools to submit posters that urge automobile drivers and passengers to buckle up. The grand prize winners in three age groups will receive $450 awards, $500 worth of art supplies for their schools, and have their posters printed and distributed nationwide. First, second, and third place winners in eight regions will also receive awards ranging from $50 to $150 each.
Contact: GEICO Poster Contest, One Geico Plaza, Washington, DC 20076; (800) 861-8380; Web site: center/poster.htm.

January 15—Scholarships: Applications are due for the Edward Zigler Research Scholarship, sponsored by the National Head Start Association. The award supports scholarly work and professional development for child development researchers and leaders. Graduate students in psychology, public policy, and education are eligible to apply. One $3,000 award is available.
Contact: NHSA, 1651 Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 739-0875; fax: (703) 739-0878; Web site:

January 21—Geography: Applications are due for the AAA Travel High School Challenge. The contest, which seeks to improve geographic literacy and cultural knowledge, tests students on travel literacy and geographic areas. Students in grades 9-12 in the United States are eligible to enter. Finalists from all 50 states will each receive $1,000 scholarships and the opportunity to compete for one of three $25,000 scholarships.
Contact: Web site:

February 3—Science: Applications are due for the 2004 Exploravision Competition, sponsored by Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association. Teams of two to four K-12 students will be asked to explore a piece of technology and then use real science to theorize what that technology will be like in 20 years.
Finalists will receive all-expense paid trips to Washington, where four first place winners will each receive a $10,000 U.S savings bond.
Contact: NSTA, 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201; (800) EXPLOR-9; Web site:

February 6—Health: Applications are due for the Young Epidemiology Scholars Student Competition, sponsored by the Robert WoodJohnson Foundation and the College Board. The competition seeks to raise awareness of public health issues and the field of epidemiology—the science of investigating and preventing health problems. High school juniors and seniors are eligible to enter. Contestants will be asked to conduct research projects exploring disease patterns and control. Sixty finalists will each receive $1,000 awards, 48 regional finalists will receive $2,000 awards, six national finalists will receive $6,000 awards, and the top two national winners will receive $50,000 awards.
Contact: YES Program; (800) 626-9795; e-mail:; Web site:

February 8—Philosophy: Applications are due for the Kids Philosophy Slam Competition. The competition will ask students in grades K-12 to explore philosophy through art, music, and poetry. There will be awards totaling $3,000.
Contact: Judy Davis, KPS, PO Box 406, Lanesboro, MN 55949; (507) 467-0107; e- mail:; Web site:

February 13—Culinary arts: Applications are due for the Art Institutes Best Teen Chef 2004 competition, sponsored by the Art Institutes. High school students interested in culinary arts can enter and compete for more than $200,000 in scholarships.
Nineteen first place winners will prepare dishes at a cook-off in Orange County, Calif. The grand prize winner will receive the title of “Best Teen Chef” and a $30,000 scholarship.
Contact: AI, 210 Sixth Ave., 33rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2603; Web site:

February 13—Arts education: Applications are due for the Poster Design Scholarship Competition, sponsored by the Art Institutes and Americans for the Arts. High school students will be asked to design original art work that embodies the slogan “Life is Better with Art in It”. More than $200,000 in scholarships will be awarded. The grand prize winner will receive a $25,000 scholarship.
Contact: AI, 210 Sixth Ave., 33rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2603; Web site:

February 15—Science: Applications are due for the American Chemical Society’s Scholars Program. The program supports minority high school and college students interested in studying chemistry, bioengineering, or environmental sciences. Renewable scholarships of up to $3,000 are available.
Contact: Robert J. Hughes, ACS Scholars Program, 1155 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (800) 227-5558; fax (202) 776-8003; e-mail:; Web site:

February 27—Animal education: Applications are due for the International Humane Essay Contest, sponsored by the Fund for Animals. Students in grades 2-12 will be asked to write essays about wildlife issues. Winners in four categories will each receive a $200 U.S savings bond.
Contact: Norm Phelps, IHEC, FA, 8121 Georgia Ave., Suite 301, Silver Spring, MD 20910; (240) 675-6396; e-mail:; Web site:

February 27—College scholarships: Applications are due for the Girls Going Places College Scholarship program from Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. Fifteen scholarships of $1,000 to $10,000 are available for girls ages 12 to 16 who demonstrate initial steps toward financial independence, are proactive in their communities, and act as entrepreneurs.
Contact: Diana Acevedo, GLIC, GGP, H-26-C, 7 Hanover Square, New York, NY 10004; e-mail:; Web site:


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