Educators and School Fellowships, Contests, Awards, and Other Deadlines
April 15—Health and safety: Applications are due for two awards from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. The awards honor NAHN members, including school nurses, who have worked to improve health within Hispanic communities. Contact: Maria Castro, NAHN Awards and Scholarship Committee Chair, NAHN, 1501 16th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.thehispanicnurses.org.
April 15—Teachers: Applications are due for American Stars of Teaching from the U.S. Department of Education. Parents, students, colleagues, administrators, and others can submit nominations for the awards, which honor exemplary teaching. One teacher from each state and the District of Columbia will be selected. Applications are being accepted at https://www.t2tweb.us/AmStar/About.
April 21—Teachers: Applications are due for a 10-day study tour of the Galapagos Islands, funded by Toyota Motor Sales, USA. Secondary school teachers from Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Texas, and the District of Columbia can apply for the 20 slots. All expenses associated with the Oct. 27-Nov. 8 trip will be paid by Toyota, and each teacher’s school will receive $500. Contact: Toyota International Teacher Program, Institute of International Education, 1400 K St. N.W., Suite 650, Washington, DC 20005-2403; (877) 832-2457; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: www.iie.org/programs/toyota.
April 28—Technology: Applications are due for an essay contest sponsored by A VerMedia Technologies Inc. Teachers and administrators are asked to submit 300-word essays on how a new document camera would benefit their classrooms. The five prizes of document cameras range from $500 to $1,500 in value. Contact: For full contest details visit www.aver.com/contest.shtml; submit essays to firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 29—Teachers: Applications are due for the 2006 All-USA Teacher Team, sponsored by USA Today. Up to 20 teachers will each receive a $2,500 cash award—$500 for the teacher and $2,000 for the school to spend based on the teacher’s recommendation. K-12 teachers at public and private schools with at least four years of full time teaching experience are eligible for nomination. Contact: Carol Skalski, c/o USA Today, 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22108-9995; (703) 854-5890; e-mail: email@example.com; http://allstars.usatoday.com.
May 1—Libraries: Applications are due for the Teachers and Media Specialists Influencing Student Achievement (TEAMS) Awards, sponsored by Thomson Gale. Three K-12 public or private schools that emphasize collaboration between teachers and library media specialists will be selected for the awards, which include a $2,500 cash prize. Applications will be accepted beginning April 15. Contact: Vanessa Birch, Thomson Gale Corporate Communications Manager, Thomson Gale, 27500 Drake Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48331; (800) 877-GALE; e-mail: Vanessa.Birch@thomson.com; Web site: www.galeschools.com/TEAMS.
May 1—Teachers: Application are due for the 2006 Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Awards, sponsored by the Turnaround Management Association and the John William Butler Foundation. Three to five teachers with at least five years of teaching experience will each receive a $5,000 cash award and travel and lodging expenses to the TMA Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 11-14. Contact: Laura Ivaldi, Director of Continuing Education Services, TMA; (312) 242-6030; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.turnaround.org/about/awards.asp.
STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS, CONTESTS, AND AWARDS
Open—Community involvement: Applications are now being accepted for Mix It Up Grants, sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The one-time grants of $500 fund youth-directed projects aimed at bridging social boundaries in schools or communities. Contact: Mix It Up Grants, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: www.mixitup.org.
Throughout March—Scholarships: Applications are being accepted for the National Scholarship and State Scholarships Sweepstakes, sponsored by Nelnet, an educational lender based in Lincoln, Neb. Students entering college in the 2006-07 school year can register on www.nelnet.net/collegeplanning for $1,000 scholarship prizes, which are drawn weekly through March 31. Additional scholarship sweepstakes are available for students living in Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, New Mexico, New York, and Texas.
April 15—Activism: Applications are due for the Brower Youth Awards, sponsored by the Earth Island Institute. The awards recognize the achievements of youths ages 13 to 22 for environmental- and social-justice advocacy. Six winners receive $3,000 cash awards, a trip for two to California for the awards ceremony, a camping trip in Yosemite National Park, and other prizes. Contact: Earth Island Institute, Brower Youth Awards, 300 Broadway #28, San Francisco, CA 94133; (415) 788-3666 ext. 144; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.earthisland.org/bya.
April 19—History and social studies: Applications are due for the 2006 Idea of America Essay Contest, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Students in 11th grade, as well as 16- and 17-year-old home-schooled students, can write 1,500-word essays about the debate in the First Congress over the adoption of the First Amendment. Three finalists will win $1,000 cash prizes, and the author of the winning essay will receive a $5,000 cash prize. Contact: NEH, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (800) NEH-1121; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: www.humanities.gov.
April 30—Community service: Applications are due for the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. Ten youths ages 8 to 18 will each be honored with a $2,000 award to honor their leadership and courage in public service. Contact: The Barron Prize, 545 Pearl St., Boulder, CO 80302; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.barronprize.org.
May 1—History and social studies: Applications are due for the 2006 Holocaust Remembrance Project, sponsored the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation Inc. Students are asked to write 1,200-word essays about why it is important to remember the Holocaust, and how they can prevent violence, discrimination, and prejudice in today’s world. Thirty prizes of up to $10,000 in scholarship money will be awarded, and the 10 first place winners will also win an all-expense-paid trip to Washington to visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in June. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their essays online. Contact: Holocaust Remembrance Project, c/o Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation Inc., 201 N Franklin St., 11th Floor, Tampa, FL 33602; (866) 452-2737; e-mail email@example.com; Web site: www.holocaust.hklaw.com.
A version of this article appeared in the March 22, 2006 edition of Education Week