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Educator and School Awards, Contests, Fellowships, and Other Deadlines

April 13—Technology: Nominations are due for the 2007 National Teacher Awards and the 2007 Champion Principal Award, sponsored by Time Warner Cable. Fifteen teachers will be honored for their creative use of cable television resources and will each receive $2,000 in cash and $3,000 for school technology purchases. One principal will receive $5,000 for classroom technology improvements. More information is available at

April 20—Financial literacy: Applications are due for the Planet Orange Financial Literacy Awards grant program, sponsored by ING Direct. K-8 educators must submit proposals for grants of $200-$1,000, including a short essay explaining how they will use the resources for financial literacy projects and programs. E-mail:; Web site:

April 30—New teaching methods: Applications are due for the Unsung Heroes Award, sponsored by ING Financial Services. K-12 educators that are using new teaching methods and techniques are invited to describe projects they have initiated or wish to pursue. One hundred finalists will each win a $2,000 grant; three are selected for additional awards of $25,000, $10,000, and $5,000. Contact: Scholarship America, (800) 537-4180; e-mail:; Web site:

April 30—Service learning: The first round of proposals is due for the Greenworks! service-learning program, sponsored by Project Learning Tree. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to schools and youth organizations for environmental neighborhood improvement projects that involve youths and their communities. Web site:

May 1—Math and science: Nominations are due for the 2007 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Math and science teachers in grades 7-12 are eligible to win a $10,000 award, a trip to Washington, and other prizes. Contact: Phone: (800) 833-1691; e-mail:; Web site:

May 1—Psychology: Proposals are due for the Pre-College Psychology Grant Program, sponsored by the American Psychological Foundation. Applicants must explain the goal of a project that supports the science and application of psychological science among talented high school students. Contact: Idalia Ramos, American Psychological Foundation, 750 First St. N.E., Washington, DC 20002-4242; (202) 336-5843; fax: (202) 336-5812; e-mail:; Web site:

May 1—Teachers: Nominations are due for the 2007 Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Awards, sponsored by the Turnaround Management Association and the John William Butler Foundation. Three to five teachers will each be honored for their dedication and skill with $5,000 in cash and a trip to the TMA Annual Convention in Boston in October. Contact: Michele Drayton, Public Relations Manager, The Turnaround Management Association, 100 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 850, Chicago IL60606; (312) 242-6044; e-mail:; Web site:

May 4—Child welfare: Nominations are due for the World of Children Awards, sponsored by World of Children. The WOC Health Award honors a person who is providing medical services to children; the WOC Humanitarian Award is for education and social services; and the Founder’s Award is for a person under the age of 21 who has provided exceptional services to other children. Awards range from $15,000 to $50,000. For more information, visit

May 8—Health and safety: Applications are due for school-based student drug-testing grants, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Local educational agencies and public and private schools may apply for funding to develop, implement, or expand random school-based drug testing programs for students in grades 6-12. Students must be enrolled in the school’s athletic program and/or school-sponsored activities. For more information, see

Student Awards, Contests, and Scholarships

April 15—Safety: Submissions are due for Project Ignition, sponsored by State Farm and the National Youth Leadership Council. Students in grades 9-12 must find a way to creatively address teen driver safety. Twenty-five recipients will each receive a $2,000 grant to aid their project, and the winning school will receive a $10,000 grant.

April 16—Technology: Entries are due for the ThinkQuest International 2007 competition, sponsored by the Oracle Education Foundation. Teams of students ages 9-19 and a teacher-coach must create a Web site on one of a number of possible topics. The top 10 teams in each age division receive laptop computers and a cash award for the coach’s school. Contact: ThinkQuest c/o Oracle Education Foundation, 500 Oracle Parkway, Mailstop 5OP-8, Redwood Shores, CA 94065; Web site:

April 27—Science and technology: Applications are due for the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams, sponsored by the Lemelson Foundation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors are asked to identify a problem that they want to solve and develop a prototype invention to solve that problem. Up to 15 grants of up to $10,000 each are available to support each team’s efforts. Contact: The Lemelson-MIT Program, Attn: Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Building E60-215, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307; (617) 452-2146; fax: (617) 258-8276; e-mail:; Web site:

April 30—Leadership: Nominations are due for the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, funded by the National Geographic Education Foundation, Youth Service America, the National Youth Leadership Council, and many other organizations and individuals. Adults may nominate a young person 8- to 18-years-old who has been a leader in a service activity. Ten winners will each receive $2,000 to be applied to their higher education costs or their service project. Contact: Barbara Ann Richman, Executive Director, The Barron Prize, 545 Pearl St., Boulder, CO 80302; e-mail:; Web site:

May 4—Environment: Applications are due for the Celebrating Excellence Scholarship Contest, sponsored by Aquarion Water Company. Graduating high school students in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York compete for $1,000 scholarships by writing an essay based on the question: “How has water changed our lives over the past 150 years?” One winner from each of the four states will be selected based on the quality of the essay, academic achievement, leadership skills, and extracurricular and community service involvement. Contact: Jennifer Bernheim, (203) 336-7699; e-mail:; Web site:

May 15—Science: Entries are due for the AAPT/Lexmark High School Photo Contest, sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers and Lexmark. Students in grades 9-12 submit a photograph in either the natural or contrived categories and are judged on the quality of the photo and the accuracy of the physics explanation that accompanies it. Prizes are awarded to the winning student, teacher, and classroom, and include cash, an AAPT membership, and a Lexmark photo printer. Contact: Mary M. Winn, 2623 Watrous Ave., Tampa, FL 33629-5346; e-mail:; Web site:

A version of this article appeared in the March 21, 2007 edition of Education Week


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