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By Adrienne D. Coles & Johanna Zucaro — January 01, 1994 21 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.


* January 10. Library Research.

The Newberry Library in Chicago offers a number of fellowships for educators and scholars with Ph.D.s to study its collection in residence. Approximately five National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships are available for six to 11 months of research in any subject related to the library’s collection; a stipend of up to $30,000 is included. Approximately two Lloyd Lewis Fellowships in American History will be awarded to established history scholars for six to 11 months of study; a maximum stipend of $40,000 is included. One Monticello College Foundation Fellowship for Women is offered to a woman at an early stage in her career for six months of study of any topic in the library’s collection; a stipend of $12,500 is included. For information on all fellowships, contact: Committee on Awards, The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., Chicago, IL 60610-3380; (312) 943-9090, ext. 478.

January 10. Gender Equity.

The American Association of University Women offers Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowships. The fellowships are for female teachers wishing to develop programs that increase girls’ participation in math and science. Approximately 13 teachers who have demonstrated a commitment to gender equity through work in their classroom, school district, and community will each receive stipends ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Eligible are women who have taught full time in a U.S. K-12 public school for the past five years and will continue to teach for at least five more years after the fellowship. Contact: AAUW Education Foundation, Eleanor Roosevelt Fund, 1111 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 785-7700.

* January 12. Arts.

The Council for Basic Education sponsors the Arts Education Fellowship Program. The fellowship supports four to eight weeks of independent summer study; 34 teachers each receive stipends of $2,800, along with $200 for library books or other related expenses. Eligible are K-12 arts or general classroom teachers who plan to continue teaching the arts for at least one year following the fellowship. Contact: Arts Education Fellowships, 2506 Buckelew Drive, Falls Church, VA 22046; (703) 876-5782.

January 12. Science.

Toyota’s Appreciation Program for Excellence to Science Teachers Reaching Youth, a partnership program of Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. and the National Science Teachers Association, offers grants to science teachers of grades 6-12. Approximately 40 teachers receive year-long grants of up to $10,000 each that support innovative classroom science projects. Contact: NSTA/TAPESTRY, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201.

* January 15. New Teachers.

The Klingenstein Center, an organization dedicated to encouraging young teachers, offers the Joseph Klingenstein Summer Institute for educators in the beginning years of their careers. The three-week program, to be held mid-June at Columbia University, focuses on teaching styles, educational philosophies and issues, and personal development; 50 teachers receive tuition and other related expenses, such as housing and transportation. Eligible are teachers at independent secondary schools with one to five years of classroom experience. Contact: Joseph Klingenstein Summer Institute, Box 125, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027; (212) 678-3449.

* January 15. Aeronautics.

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum offers the A. Verville Fellowship. The one-year, in-residence fellowship supports research of major trends, developments, and accomplishments in the history of aviation or space studies. Each selected fellow will work closely with the staff of the Department of Aeronautics and will have access to all Smithsonian libraries and the Library of Congress. The fellowship includes a stipend of $30,000 and additional funds for travel and miscellaneous expenses. Eligible are all interested individuals with demonstrated skills in research and writing. Contact: Fellowship Coordinator, National Air and Space Museum, MRC 313, Washington, DC 20560.

* January 20. Science/Technology.

The American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers offers “The Transformations Project: Partnering Technology with Education.” The multiyear partnership matches AIME technologists and engineers with 90 teams of teachers. It includes a two-week summer session, participation in follow-up meetings, and localized peer-to-peer training. Eligible are teams of two or more middle school teachers, including at least one science teacher, from districts involved in reform initiatives. All applications must include a letter of support from a building administrator. Contact: The Transformations Project, Box 1205, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; (800) 433-2463.

* February 1. Professional Development.

The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education offers the 1994 Hilda Maehling Grants Program. The one-year program supports projects designed to enhance classroom skills and activities, develop professional techniques, or encourage association among educators. Those selected receive grants of up to $4,000 each. NEA members are eligible. Contact: NFIE, 1201 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 822-7840.

* February 1. Global Understanding.

The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education offers the 1994 William G. Carr Grants Program. The one-year program supports classroom projects designed to contribute to international cooperation, global education, or peace. Those selected receive grants of up to $2,500 each. Eligible are NEA members and members of international educational organizations affiliated with the NEA. Contact: NFIE, 1201 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 8227840.

* February 15. Classroom Research.

The National Council of Teachers of English offers the 1994 TeacherResearcher Grants. Several one-year grants of up to $1,500 each will be awarded to preK-14 teachers for classroom-based research in English or language arts teaching. Applicants must be NCTE members. Contact: Project Assistant, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801; (217) 328-3870.

* February 15. Collaborative Research.

The National Council of Teachers of English offers the 1994 TeacherResearcher Collaboration Grant. Up to $5,000 will be awarded to teams of preK-14 classroom teachers and university researchers conducting classroom-based research on language arts or related issues. The one-year grant cannot be used to fund a dissertation study or other degree project. All applicants must be NCTE members. Contact: Project Assistant, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801; (217) 328-3870.

March 1. Television.

The Arts & Entertainment Network invites applications for its Teacher Grant Competition. Teachers in grades K-12 must submit an innovative lesson plan using Ivanhoe, Vanity Fair, The Mayor of Casterbridge, or any other program appearing on the network. Twelve winners will each receive savings bonds of up to $2,000 and video equipment for their schools. All entrants will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to A&E Magazine. Contact: Community Development, Arts & Entertainment Network, P.O. Box 1610, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163.

March 1. Constitution.

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation awards fellowships to teachers or prospective teachers. Each $24,000 award covers expenses related to pursuing a master’s degree in American history, political science, or education with a concentration on the U.S. Constitution. Eligible are high school teachers of American history, American government, or social studies and recent college graduates who wish to become secondary teachers of these subjects. Fellowships will be awarded to at least one recipient from each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and, taken together, the other U.S. territories. Contact: The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Program, P.O. Box 4030, Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (800) 525-6928.


January 15. Gifted Students.

Intertel Foundation Inc. invites proposals for its International Hollingworth Award Competition. The $2,000 annual award supports research on the education or psychology of gifted and talented youth. Eligible are graduate students, teachers, professors, administrators, psychologists, and other professionals, as well as educational organizations. Research proposals must have a sponsor. For submission requirements, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Roxanne Cramer, Hollingworth Award Committee, 4300 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, VA 22030-3507.

* January 28. Science.

The Chemical Manufacturers Association invites nominations for its 1994 Catalyst Awards Program. The awards are given to science and chemistry teachers who exhibit a commitment to their students both in and out of the classroom. Eight grand winners each receive $5,000, a medal, and a citation; 16 regional winners each receive $2,500, a medal, and a citation. Eligible are elementary or middle school science educators and high school chemistry and chemical engineering educators in the United States and Canada. Contact: Catalyst Awards Director, CMA, 2501 M St., N.W., Washington, DC 20037; (202) 887-1205.

January 31. Chemistry.

The Polymer Education Committee of the American Chemical Society invites junior high and high school chemistry teachers to apply for the Award for Excellence in Polymer Education. Awards go to those who have developed innovative ways to promote an understanding of and an interest in polymer chemistry. One national winner and at least one honorable mention receive a cash award and a set of polymer chemistry materials for the classroom. The national winner also receives a trip to an annual ACS conference. Contact: Polymer Education Coordinator, Miami University at Middletown, 4200 E. University Blvd., Middletown, OH 45042.


* January 31. Educational Achievement.

The University of Louisville invites nominations for its 1994 Grawemeyer Award in Education. Teachers, administrators, and educational organizations are invited to submit a theoretical paper, policy proposal, program initiative, or research study published in the recent past. Entries will be judged on their potential for educational improvement. Self-nominations are not considered. One winner will be awarded $150,000 and will be asked to give a formal presentation of the winning work in Louisville, Ky., in late 1994. Contact: University of Louisville, Grawemeyer Award in Education, School of Education, Louisville, KY 40292-0001; (502) 852-6411.


William Burrall has been named Teacher of the Year by Technology & Learning magazine; Lexmark International, a hardware manufacturer; and EduQuest, an IBM subsidiary. Burrall, a 9th grade teacher at Moundsville (Va.) Junior High School, won the top honor for an innovative computer literacy program that allows students in his class to communicate via electronic mail with 11 selected inmates at a West Virginia penitentiary. Burrall received a plaque at a ceremony held in his honor this past September and was featured in the September issue of Technology & Learning.

Mary Ann Mieczkowski received the Teacher of the Year award from The Arc, a national advocacy organization for the mentally retarded. Mieczkowski, a special education teacher at H.B. du Pont Middle School in Hockessin, Del., received a plaque and was honored this past October during The Arc’s 44th Annual National Convention. Mieczkowski was selected for her creation of an educational program designed to foster inclusion of mentally retarded students in the regular classroom and society.


Following is a list of free or inexpensive resources that teachers can order.

Social Issues.

RespecTeen, a Lutheran Brotherhood organization that encourages student participation in government, is making available a social studies unit called Speak for Yourself. The curricular unit is designed to give young people the tools they need to understand current social and government-related issues. Topics include the environment, teen pregnancy, and drug abuse. The curriculum is free to 7th and 8th grade educators. Contact: Lutheran Brotherhood, c/o Ellen Albee, Box 855, 625 4th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415; (800) 888-3820.

Trade and Exchange.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York offers a revised and expanded version of The Basics of Foreign Trade and Exchange. The free, 48-page paperback book serves as a primer for high school students on international trade and foreign exchange markets. A teacher’s guide is also available. Contact: Public Information, 33 Liberty St., New York, NY 10045; (212) 720-6134.

Environmental Education.

American Forests, a nonprofit citizens organization, has developed Growing Greener Cities, a 126-page guide that tells students why, how, and where they should plant trees around their homes and in communities. An accompanying 55-page environmental education guide offers 13 lesson plans suitable for middle school students. Cost: $9.50, plus $3 shipping and handling. Contact: American Forests, Box 2000, Washington, DC 20013; (800) 8-RELEAF.

Classroom Guide.

American Forests also offers World Forests: Striking a Balance Between Conservation and Development, an 83page classroom guide designed to help middle school students understand the complexity of living in a world characterized by environmental change. The guide includes 20 hands-on activities on such topics as tropical forests, conservation, sustainable development, and citizenship; a glossary and teacher resource list are also included. Cost: $7, plus $3 shipping and handling. Contact: American Forests, Box 2000, Washington, DC 20013; (800) 8-RELEAF.

Global Environment.

The Plastic Bag Association offers Don’t Let a Good Thing Go to Waste, a free 24-page teacher’s kit that includes multidisciplinary activities designed to help children in grades 2-5 understand concepts related to solid waste and the three R’s—reduce, reuse, recycle. Contact: Plastic Bag Information Clearinghouse, 1817 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203; (800) 438-5856.

Books For Teens.

The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, has completed its 1993-94 Genre Booklist. The list includes 75 romance, sports, fantasy, and humor titles appropriate for a wide range of teenage readers. For a free copy, contact: Baker & Taylor, Information Services Department, 2709 Water Ridge Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28217; (800) 775-1800.

Gardening Guide.

The American Horticultural Society offers the Children’s Gardening Resource Guide for Teachers, Parents, and Youth Leaders, a 21-page directory of gardening resources and supplies designed for students in grades preK-8. Topics include science and environmental education through gardening and informal plant and gardening classroom activities, among others. Cost: $5. Contact: Maureen Hefferman, American Horticultural Society, Education Department, 7931 E. Boulevard Drive, Alexandria, VA 22308-1300; (703) 768-5700.


CRIZMAC, publisher and distributor of multicultural classroom resources, is distributing a free, comprehensive catalog of supplementary art education materials for grades K-12. The 32-page resource guide contains books, videos, games, and tapes designed to supplement the school art curriculum. Contact: CRIZMAC, Art & Cultural Education Materials, P.O. Box 65928, Tucson, AZ 85728-5928.

Public Speaking.

The American Association of School Administrators offers Speaking and Writing Skills for Educators, a 20page booklet designed to help K-12 teachers improve their public-speaking and writing abilities. Cost: $6, including shipping and handling; bulk rate prices are available. Contact: AASA Publications, 1801 N. Moore St., Arlington, VA 22209-9988; (703) 875-0748.

Speech And Hearing.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a national organization for audiologists and speech-language pathologists, is distributing How Does Your Child Hear and Talk?, a free brochure that provides an easy-to-read chart on the development of speech, language, and hearing in children from birth to age 5. Contact: ASHA, Information Resource Center, 10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852; (800) 638-8255.

Drug Prevention.

The Performance Resource Press offers the Drug-Free Catalog for Schools, Communities, and Workplace Programs. The 48-page catalog lists more than 350 resources designed for use in developing school, workplace, or community-based drug-prevention programs. For a free copy, contact: Performance Resource Press Inc., 1863 Technology Drive, Suite 200, Troy, MI 48083-4244; (800) 453-7733.

Personal Computing.

The Computer Learning Foundation, a nonprofit educational foundation for computer literacy, and Microsoft Corp. offer The Power of Learning with Multimedia Personal Computing. The free 13-page booklet is designed to help educators explain how using interactive technology can sharpen such learning skills as memory, problem solving, and critical thinking. Multiple copies in quantities of 50 can be ordered for $11. Contact: The Computer Learning Foundation, Attention: Multimedia Booklet, Box 60967, Palo Alto, CA 94306; (800) 426-9400.

Children’s Magazine.

Cricket Magazine Group, publisher of educational periodicals for children, offers its premiere issue of Spider, a magazine designed to introduce children ages 6-9 to art and literature. Along with tales and feature articles from around the world, the magazine includes games, puzzles, poems, and jokes. To receive a sample copy, send $4 to: Spider Sample, Box 300, Peru, IL 61354.


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

Open. Student Publication.

Tyketoon Publishing Co., a children’s book publisher, invites students in grades 1-8 to submit original manuscripts—in either English or Spanish—that they have both written and illustrated. At least one author from each grade level will be selected to have his or her work published. Students will receive payment upon publication. For guidelines, send a selfaddressed, stamped envelope to: Tyketoon Publishing Co., 7417 Douglas Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76180.

Open. Trucker Buddy.

Kenworth Truck Co. and Chevron Lubricants sponsor “Trucker Buddy,” a free pen-pal service that matches professional truck drivers with primary school classrooms across the nation. Truckers write to classes from the road, giving them a unique perspective on geography, history, and the economy. Students practice communication skills by writing back to their trucker buddies. Contact: Trucker Buddy, P.O. Box 1020, Elkhorn, WI 53121; (800) MY-BUDDY.

* January 21. Technology.

Duracell USA and the National Science Teachers Association offer the Duracell/NSTA Scholarship Competition. Students in grades 9-12 must design and build a battery-operated device under the guidance of a teacher and then submit a descriptive essay, a detailed drawing, and one or more photographs of the device. The firstplace winner receives a $20,000 savings bond; five second-place winners receive $10,000 bonds; and 94 runners-up receive additional awards totaling over $20,000 in bonds. The firstand second-place winners, their families, and their sponsoring teachers will also attend an Awards Banquet at the NSTA National Convention, to be held in Anaheim, Calif., in March. The sponsors of the top six winners receive personal computers. Contact: Duracell/NSTA Scholarship Competition, NSTA, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (703) 312-9258.

* January 28. Creative Writing.

BIC Corp., a pen manufacturer, invites high school juniors and seniors to apply for its 1994 National Essay Contest. Teachers are asked to submit student essays of 200 words or less on the theme “If I could have one wish...” One grand prize winner will receive a computer with word-processing software; four regional winners will each receive a $500 cash award; and three runners-up will each receive a $100 cash award. The teachers of all winners and runners-up will each receive a watch. Contact: BIC Corp., Communications Department, 500 BIC Drive, Milford, CT 06460; (203) 783-2110.

* January 31. Journalism.

The Freedom Forum invites high school seniors planning to major in journalism or communications at a four-year U.S. college to apply for its 1994-95 Journalism Scholarship. Applicants are asked to submit three examples of an original news or feature story, one letter of recommendation, a copy of their high school transcript, and a completed application. At least 50 winners will each be awarded $2,500 and will be guests of the Freedom Forum at a conference to be held in Arlington, Va. For an application, contact: Karen Catone, Awards & Initiatives, Freedom Forum, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209; (703) 528-0800.

* January 31. Creative Writing.

Raintree/Steck-Vaughn, a book publisher, offers the 1994 Publish-ABook Contest. Students in grades 2-6 may enter original fiction or nonfiction manuscripts written during the 1993-94 school year on the theme “Wishes.” Teachers and librarians must submit their students’ entries of 300-500 words for grades 2-3 and 700900 words for grades 4-6. One winner from grades 2-3 and four winners from grades 4-6 will have their stories published. Each will receive a $500 advance against an author royalty contract and 10 free copies of his or her published book. Additional prizes will be given to 30 honorable-mention winners. Contact: Publish-A-Book Contest, Raintree/Steck-Vaughn Publishers, Box 27010, Austin, TX 78755; (512) 795-3230.

* January 31. Float Design.

The International House of Pancakes invites children ages 6-12 to apply for its Dream Up Our Float contest. The national competition asks children to design the IHOP float for the 1995 Tournament of Roses Parade, based on the theme “Sports: Its Place In Your Life and What It Teaches.” Applicants are asked to sketch their ideas and write an accompanying description of 50 words or less. One grand prize winner, along with three guests, will travel to Pasadena, Calif., to ride on the 1995 IHOP Rose Parade float and to attend the Rose Bowl game. He or she will also receive a digital piano, sequencer, and software. Seven regional finalists and seven semifinalists will each receive videocassettes and clothing awards. In addition, the schools of the finalists will be treated to pancake parties and Microsoft software. All applicants will receive a certificate of participation. For information, call: (714) 966-0200.

* February 1. Peace.

The United Nations Association of the United States of America and the Dailey Family Foundation invite students in grades 9-12 to apply for the 1994 National High School Essay Contest of the United Nations. Applicants must submit an essay, 1,000 words in length or less, that focuses on how the United Nations can achieve international peace and security in the postCold War era. The first-, second-, and third-place winners and their teachers will travel to New York in April to meet with U.N. officials, attend UNAUSA’s annual U.N. Ball, and receive cash prizes of $1,000, $750, and $500, respectively. Contact: United Nations Association of the USA, 1319 18th St., N.W., Washington DC 20036-1802; (202) 785-2640.

February 15. Environment.

Jostens Inc., Mead Paper, and Butler Paper Co. invite high school yearbook staffs to enter the 1993 World Up Environmental Competition. The high school that creates the most effective environmental plan for their school or community—while focusing on the four R’s: recycle, reuse, reduce, and respect—will receive a $10,000 grand prize to be divided between the school and yearbook staff. To obtain an entry packet, contact: World Up Environmental Competition, P.O. Box 20127, Minneapolis, MN 55420.

* February 18. Creative Writing.

Cobblestone Publishing invites students ages 8-15 to apply for its Write An Epic Simile Contest. To be considered an epic, the poem must, in 100 words or less, focus on a national theme and relate enough details and events to create a sense of history and a feeling of pride in the nation’s past. Three winners will have their works published in Calliope’s May/June 1994 issue and will receive an assortment of prizes. Contact: Write an Epic Simile Contest, Calliope, 7 School St., Peterborough, NH 03458.

* February 25. Environment.

The Seiko Corporation of America offers the Seiko Youth Challenge. Teams of two to four students in grades 9-12 are asked to identify, investigate, analyze, and propose a solution to a specific environmental problem facing their communities. The winning team will receive a $25,000 college scholarship to be divided among the team members; their school will receive a $5,000 grant. Regional winning teams will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and a $1,000 grant for their schools. All entrants will receive certificates of participation. Contact: Seiko Youth Challenge, DRB Communications, 1234 Summer St., Stamford, CT 06905; (800) 323-1550.

February 28. Geography.

American Express invites students in grades 6-12 to participate in its annual Geography Competition. More than $100,000 in prize money will be given to 18 teams of students who design and complete intensive projects. Project categories are: the Environment; Travel and Trade; and Cultural Diversity. To request kits, call: (800) 395-GLOBE.

* March 1. Creative Writing.

Cobblestone Publishing invites students ages 8-15 to apply for its 1994 Person of the Year Contest. Students must use one of four media—video, audio, poster, or essay—to describe the historical significance of Harriet Tubman. One winner in each of the categories will be announced in the June 1994 issue of Cobblestone magazine and will receive a $250 savings bond. Contact: Person of the Year Contest, Cobblestone Publishing Inc., 7 School St., Peterborough, NH 03458.

A version of this article appeared in the January 01, 1994 edition of Teacher as Extra Credit

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