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August 01, 1993 10 min read
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Following is a list of application deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors available to individuals. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.


September 1. Geography.

The National Council for the Social Studies, in cooperation with the George Cram Co., a map publisher, offers its Geography Grant. A $2,500 award is given to the applicant who submits the best proposal for enhancing geographic literacy at the classroom, district, or state level. Eligible are individuals involved in social studies education. Contact: Geography Grant, NCSS, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 9667840.

*October 1. Humanities.

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Fellowships and Seminars offers the NEH Summer Stipends. Approximately 200 high school and college humanities teachers, as well as independent scholars, will each be awarded $4,000 plus possible travel expenses to conduct fulltime independent research for two months. Selection is based, in part, on a research proposal and the project’s ability to advance knowledge of the humanities. Eligible are independent scholars and faculty and staff members at the precollegiate and collegiate levels. College faculty must be nominated by their institution. Contact: Division of Fellowships and Seminars, Room 316, NEH, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8466.

*October 25. Research.

The U.S. Department of Energy sponsors its Teacher Research Associates Program. More than 300 teachers are paired with scientists at 27 DOE lab sites for an eight-week math and science summer program. Teachers receive a $550 per week stipend plus a housing and travel allowance. Graduate credit is available. Eligible are math and science teachers of grades 7-12. Contact: Office of University and Science Education, ST-50, DOE, 1000 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-8949.

*October 31. Foreign Language.

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers its summer fellowships for foreign language teachers to study abroad. Recipients will each receive a $3,750 stipend for six weeks of study in a country where the language they teach is spoken. Eligible are K-12 teachers who have taught a foreign language for at least three years full time in the United States or a U.S. school abroad and intend to teach a foreign language for at least five more years. Applicants must agree not to accept another fullsupport grant during the fellowship period. Teachers of English as a Second Language are not eligible. Contact: NEH Fellowship for FL Teachers K-12, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London, CT 06320-4196; (203) 439-2282.

*November 1. History.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation offers the DeWittWallace Readers Digest National History Institute at Princeton University from July 3-29, 1994. Fifty high school history teachers in the United States or Department of Defense Schools will be selected through a national competition to attend the session. Participants will develop curricula that will later be disseminated throughout the United States. In addition to room and board, teachers receive a $1,200 stipend. Contact: WWNFF, CN-5281, Princeton, NJ 08543-5281; (609) 452-7007.


August 1. Teacher Education.

The Association of Teacher Educators invites any person involved in research in teacher education to submit papers for its Distinguished Research in Teacher Education Award. Submissions must have been prepared or published within the last two years and must contribute new knowledge to teacher education. The entry must not exceed 30 double-spaced pages. Up to two winners will be recognized at the association’s annual convention held Feb. 12-16, 1994, in Atlanta. Contact: Brenda Stallion, Department of Teacher Education, Western Kentucky University, Tate Page Hall, Room 311, Bowling Green, KY 42101; (502) 745-2924.

August 15. Educational Contribution.

The National Council for the Social Studies, in conjunction with Social Studies School Service, invites nominations for the Spirit of America Award. The award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution that exemplifies the American democratic spirit. The winner receives a cash award. Contact: NCSS, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840.

November 15. Science.

The National Science Teachers Association invites applications for its Science Teaching Achievement Recognition Awards. Sponsored by the American Gas Association, the annual awards program recognizes K-12 and university science educators who have created a novel approach that improves precollegiate science education. The program must have been implemented at the time of application for the award. Three winners in two categories—K-12 educators and university educators—will receive cash awards of $1,000, $750, and $500, respectively. Winners will receive the award at the NSTA convention held March 30-April 2, 1994, in Anaheim, Calif. Contact: STAR Awards, NSTA, 1742 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20009; (202) 328-5800.


*September 30. Dissertation Research.

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education invites submissions for its AACTE Award for Outstanding Dissertation Research. One winning dissertation that makes a significant contribution to teacher education will be selected and the author honored at the AACTE Annual Meeting to be held in Chicago on Feb. 16-19, 1994. The Journal of Teacher Education will also publish an article based on the research of the dissertation. Eligible are individuals receiving a doctorate during the period Sept. 1, 1991, through Aug. 31, 1993. To obtain manuscript guidelines, contact the Journal of Teacher Education, Theresa Bey, Associate Professor, College of Education, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602; (515) 2712179.


The National Association of State Directors of Special Education Inc. has named two national winners and three finalists in its National Technology Awards competition. The winners, who received IBM computers and educational software, were selected for developing exemplary programs that use technology to educate students with disabilities. Judi Vest of Lebanon (Mo.) Junior High School and Shari Gelman of the Ivymount School in Rockville, Md., were the two national winners. Finalists are: Karen Chatterton of Mansfeld Middle School in Tuscon, Ariz.; Madeline Chun of Zero-to-Three Services Section in Honolulu; and team members Paige Collins of East Mecklenburg (N.C.) High School and Judy Timms of Carolina Computer Access Center in Charlotte, N.C.

The Arts and Entertainment Network has announced the winners of its sixth annual Teacher Grant Competition. Winners were selected for their use of cable TV as a positive classroom tool. Each received U.S. Savings Bonds; their schools were given a color TV and VCR. The first-, second-, and third-place winners are, respectively, Winnifred Bolinsky of Fogelsville Elementary School in Allentown, Pa.; Taffy Patton of the Vena Magnet Center in Pacoima, Calif.; and Rose Reissman of Public School 200 in Flushing, N.Y.


Following is a list of contests, scholarships, and internships for students organized by application deadline. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.

Open. Getting Published.

Kids Copy, a national newspaper for students in grades 4-8, invites submissions of original poetry, short stories, essays, editorials, cartoons, and reviews of books, movies, games, or music. Selected works will be published in the newspaper, and the authors will receive $5. Eligible are students 13 and younger whose work appeals to children ages 8-13. In addition, Kids Copy seeks news about community-service projects involving children. Students are invited to send an article about their project, along with their name, photograph, and phone number. Selected articles will be published in the newspaper’s “Good Works” column, and the newspaper will donate $25 to the organization the project benefits. Contact: Kids Copy, P.O. Box 42, Wyncote, PA 19095; (215) 635-3603 or (800) 3525444.

Open. Student Publication.

The Write Stuff, a desktop publishing firm, invites students in grades 7-12 to submit original works of fiction and nonfiction, photography, cartoons, poetry, reviews, editorials, or humor. Chosen entries will be published in a new national tabloid written for students by students, called U.X. Press. Project organizers have completed the publication’s pilot issue and are hoping to gain corporate sponsorship to distribute the newspaper free of charge to junior and senior high schools. For more information or for a free copy of the pilot issue, call: (800) 822-9762.

*August 16. Cooking.

Classes of students in grades K-12 are invited to enter the student category of the third annual recipe contest sponsored by Newman’s Own Inc. and Good Housekeeping. Classes should create original main-dish recipes using Newman’s Own salad dressings, pasta sauces, or salsa. Two teachers and two student representatives from the winning class will be flown to New York City to lunch with Paul Newman at the Rainbow Room, which will prepare the winning recipe. Newman will then select the grand-prize winner from the seven contest categories and donate $50,000 to the charity of the winner’s choice. Each of the runnersup will have $10,000 donated to the charity of its choice. Contact: Newman’s Own Inc. Recipe Contest, 246 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880; (800) 272 0257.

*September 1. Woodwork.

American Woodworker magazine, published by Rodale Press, invites any student enrolled in a woodworking class or furniture design school to apply for its American Woodworker Excellence in Craftsmanship Awards. All types of woodworking projects are eligible, including furniture, turnings, carvings, and toys. The top three winners receive $1,000, $300, and $200, respectively. Applicants must submit color slides or prints of their entries, a description of no more than 100 words, and a completed entry coupon. Entrants may submit up to three pieces for the competition. Contact: Jessica Wall, American Woodworker, 33 E. Minor St., Emmaus, PA 18098-0099; (215) 967-7795.

September 15. College Scholarship.

The Native American Scholarship Fund invites all college-bound American Indians, or those already enrolled in a four-year institution, to apply for tuition scholarships. Several $500 to $2,000 scholarships are awarded annually to students who are at least one-fourth Native American by blood and who major in mathematics, engineering, science, business, education, or computers. Scholarships are awarded according to academic merit. The application deadline is for aid for the 1994 spring semester. Contact: NASF, 8200 Mountain Road, N.E., Suite 203, Albuquerque, NM 87110; (505) 262-2351.

*October 1. Student Playwrights.

Young Playwrights Inc. requests original scripts from writers ages 18 and under for its annual Young Playwrights Festival. Approximately four winning playwrights will have their plays produced during the fall 1994 festival. Winners will receive royalties from the performances. All entrants will receive detailed evaluations of their plays. Contact: Young Playwrights Festival, Department PR, 321 West 44th St., Suite 906, New York, NY 10036; (212) 307-1140.

*October 22. Pen Pal Exchange.

Read magazine will match your class with another class as part of its pen pal program, Letter Writers Ink. Students in grades K-12 can write letters, submit them to Read magazine, and, within two months, receive responses from students in a class somewhere in the United States. Contact: Read magazine, Attention: Catherine Gourley, 245 Long Hill Road, Middletown, CT 06547; (203) 638-2400.

November 1. Entomology.

The Coleopterists Society, an international organization of individuals interested in the study of beetles, invites students in grades 7-12 to apply for its Youth Incentive Award. Up to two winners in two grade categories—7-9 and 10-12—will receive grants of up to $125 each for creative and educational proposals that focus on the study of beetles. Grants might go toward a collecting trip, a visit to an entomology or natural history museum, or a study of beetle biology. The winners also receive a certificate of recognition and a one-year subscription to the society’s journal, The Coleopterists Bulletin. Contact: David Furth, Department of Entomology, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138; (617) 495-2464.

*November 1. Humanities Research.

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers its Younger Scholars program for high school students. Approximately one out of five applicants is selected to conduct research and writing projects under the supervision of a humanities scholar. Students work for nine weeks during the summer and receive a $1,600 stipend; advisers receive $500. For an application, contact: National Endowment for the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Room 316, Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8463.

A version of this article appeared in the August 01, 1993 edition of Teacher as Extra Credit


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