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March 01, 1994 15 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.


March 1. Library Research.

The American Library Association offers the Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant. Up to $7,500 is awarded for the best proposal for innovative research to improve library services. Librarians and teachers who are ALA members are eligible to apply. Contact: American Library Association, Office of Research and Statistics, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4274.

March 1. Humanities.

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers 71 four-, five-, and six-week seminars to be held during the summer of 1994 on a variety of texts in the humanities--ranging in topic from “The Brontes’’ to “Literature of the Holocaust.’' Each seminar provides 15 teachers with the opportunity to work with a distinguished scholar. All teachers will receive a stipend of up to $3,200, depending on the length of the seminar. Eligible are grade 7-12, full-time teachers at public, private, or parochial schools; other K-12 school personnel are also invited to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who have not participated in any other NEH summer seminars. Contact: Public Information Office, NEH, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8463.

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.

March 2. Student Success.

The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education offers the 1994-95 Student Success Grants Program. Approximately 18 grants of up to $4,000 each will be awarded to teachers who develop projects aimed at increasing parental involvement in schools, improving students’ confidence, or creating approaches to learning built upon students’ own environments and experiences. Eligible are preK-higher education faculty members and support staff in public educational institutions. Contact: NFIE, 1201 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 822-7840.

March 4. Leadership Development.

The National Society for Experiential Education offers a two-year developmental leadership fellowship for high school educators wishing to strengthen their schools’ servicelearning and internship programs. Fifteen fellows will be selected and paired with peer mentors. Eligible are teachers of grades 9-12, counselors, directors of service-learning and internship programs, principals, and superintendents. Minigrants of up to $2,100 a year will be available for each of the 15 fellows. Contact: National Society for Experiential Education, 3509 Haworth Drive, Suite 207, Raleigh, NC 27609-7229; (919) 7873263.

  • March 14. History.

The Robert E. Lee Memorial Association, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, and the University of Virginia offer the Monticello-Stratford Hall Summer Seminar for Teachers. The three-week seminar, on the topic “Leadership in Revolutionary America,’' will be held June 26-July 15 at Stratford Hall, Monticello, and the university. On-site instruction at such historic sites as Mount Vernon, Williamsburg, and Montpelier is also included. Thirty teachers receive room, board, and textbooks, along with limited travel grants; graduate credit is also available from the University of Virginia. Eligible are fulltime elementary and secondary history and social studies teachers. Contact: Seminar Staff, Stratford Hall Plantation, Stratford, VA 22558; (804) 493-8572.

  • March 15. Research.

Earthwatch, a nonprofit organization that provides funding to scientists worldwide, offers a fellowship program for K-12 teachers who are interested in working on one of roughly 160 field research projects; they range from preserving art in Venice to studying the whale population in Puget Sound. Approximately 150 individuals receive fellowships to participate in research expeditions; graduate credit is also available from Bank Street College in New York City. Contact: Daniel Truesdale, Education Awards Manager, Earthwatch, 680 Mt. Auburn St., Box 403TM, Watertown, MA 02172; (617) 926-8200 or (800) 776-0188, ext. 203.

March 15. Constitution.

The Center for Civic Education sponsors “The U.S. Constitution: American Political Ideas and Their Theoretical Context.’' The summer institute, which runs from July 10 to Aug. 5 at the University of California at Los Angeles, supports study of the literature associated with the development of the Constitution; 25 elementary and secondary teacher-scholars will each receive a $1,000 stipend and other related expenses, such as housing and transportation. Eligible are history, social science, civics, and government teachers. Participants are expected to conduct local inservice programs during the school year following the program. Contact: Professor Duane Smith, Center for Civic Education, 5146 Douglas Fir Road, Calabasas, CA 91302; (818) 591-9321.

March 15. American West.

The Social Science Education Consortium offers “The American West: An Institute for Secondary History and Literature Teachers.’' The four-week program, to be held July 11 through Aug. 5 at the University of Colorado at Boulder, examines the American West from a variety of humanities perspectives; 30 teachers each receive a $1,000 stipend and other related expenses, such as transportation, housing, meals, and materials. Eligible are secondary American history and literature teachers. Contact: James Giese, Social Science Education Consortium, 3300 Mitchell Lane, Suite 240, Boulder, CO 80301-2296; (303) 492-8154.

  • March 18. Expeditions.

The University of California system offers its summer Research Expeditions Program. Participants spend approximately two weeks working with university researchers on a field proj- ect. Projects range from studying tropical forests in Costa Rica to excavating a medieval monastery in Ireland. Roughly 40 individuals receive grants to cover a substantial portion of the cost. Eligible are K-12 teachers of the natural or social sciences; teachers who do not qualify for grants may participate at their own expense. Contact: University Research Expeditions Program, Desk H12, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720; (510) 642-6586.

  • April 1. Astronomy Workshop.

Project SPICA (Support Program for Instructional Competency in Astronomy), an organization promoting activity-based science teaching, offers a summer workshop for astronomy teachers, to be held in Cambridge, Mass., from July 25-Aug. 12. Approximately 30 K-12 teachers receive travel expenses up to $350, room and board, and a $900 stipend. Participants also receive money to support workshops they give after the conference. Contact: Linda French, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St., MS-71, Cambridge, MA 02138, or call Judith Peritz at (617) 496-4785.

  • May 1. Humanities.

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers its Teacher-Scholar Program, which supports an academic year of full-time independent study to help educators gain an in-depth understanding of a topic in the humanities. Approximately 30 recipients each will receive up to $30,000. Eligible are precollegiate humanities teachers who have completed at least three years of full-time teaching and librarians who spend half their time teaching humanities courses. Contact: NEH Teacher-Scholar Program, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Room 302, Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8377.


March 1. Hall of Fame.

The National Teachers Hall of Fame invites applications for its Third Annual Teacher Induction Program. Designed to honor outstanding teachers, the program asks applicants to submit a completed application, personal statement, and five letters of support. This year’s five finalists will be inducted into the hall of fame, located in Emporia, Kan., on June 18. In August, they will attend a reception at the White House Rose Garden hosted by President Clinton. Eligible are public and private school, preK-12 classroom teachers who are certified. Candidates may be retired. Contact: The National Teachers Hall of Fame, 1320 C of E Drive, Emporia, KS 66801; (800) 96-TEACH.


March 1. Arts Education.

The Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation invites submissions for its 1994 Young Writers’ Award. One winning policy paper on any subject concerning K-12 arts education will be selected for publication in an issue of Arts Education Policy Review. The author of the winning manuscript receives $500. Eligible are individuals under 35 years of age. To obtain guidelines, contact: AEPR, Heldref Publi- cations, 1319 18th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036-1802; (202) 296-6267, ext. 256.


Following are the 1994 State Teachers of the Year. From this group, the Council of Chief State School Officers, in partnership with Encyclopaedia Britannica, selected four finalists for National Teacher of the Year. President Clinton will announce the winner at a White House ceremony in April.

The finalists are: Sandra McBrayer of the Homeless Outreach School Program in San Diego County, Calif.; Marjorie West of Glennon Heights Elementary School in Lakewood, Colo.; Francis Kemba Mustapha of South Side High School in Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Dodie Burns Magill of Pelham Road Elementary School in Greenville, S.C.

The other state winners are: Rebecca Anne Jolly of Phillips Preparatory School in Mobile, Ala.; Matthew Weaver of Colony High School in Palmer, Alaska; Margo Stone of Centennial Elementary School in Tucson, Ariz.; Lois Cooper Freeman of University Heights Elementary School in Jonesboro, Ark.; Ernesto Alano of Hopwood Junior High School in Saipan (representing the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands); Judith Schefkind Gross of John Winthop School in Bridgeport, Conn.; and Patrice Buchanan of Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Newark, Del.

Sarah Yoshida of Seoul American Elementary School (representing the Department of Defense Dependent Schools); Barbara Bennett of Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in the District of Columbia; Jerry Murray of Adams Junior High School in Tampa, Fla.; Vallye Blanton of Lake Park (Ga.) Elementary School; Marlene Hirata of Pohakea Elementary School in Ewa Beach, Hawaii; Colleen Kelsey of New Vision Alternative High School in Post Falls, Idaho; and Adela CoronadoGreeley of Inter-American Magnet School in Chicago.

Keith Robinson of Maple Valley Community School in Mapleton, Iowa; Nancy Costigan of Kennedy Middle School in Hays, Kan.; Earl Hughes of New Haven Elementary School in Union, Ky.; Veronica Semien Harts of Fairview Elementary School in Lake Charles, La.; Dorothy Neal of Sacopee Valley High School in Cornish, Maine; Bonnie Lokey Walston of Parkside High School in Salisbury, Md.; and Virginia Freyermuth of Duxbury (Mass.) Junior/ Senior High School.

Robert Lawrence Van Camp of Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights, Mich.; Bonnie Marie Hartfiel Lutz of Evansville (Minn.) Elementary School; Carolyn Cadney of Biloxi (Miss.) High School; Claudette Scott of Ingels Elementary School in Kansas City, Mo.; Kay Brost of Broadus (Mont.) Elementary School; Lynn Rylander Kaufman of Harvey Oaks Elementary School in Omaha, Neb.; and Michael Soliday of McGill (Nev.) Elementary School.

Joyce Vining Morgan of Exeter (N.H.) AREA Junior and Senior High Schools; Johnette Lyn Bennett of North Warren Regional High School in Blairstown, N.J.; Linda Bates of Roswell (N.M.) High School; Anita Skop of P.S. 199-K in New York; Sarah Moss Pratt of McDowell High School in Marion, N.C.; Bonnie Smith of Hettinger (N.D.) Public School; and Jacqueline Kay Collier of Cline Elementary School in Centerville, Ohio.

Mary Jane Bassett of Woodward (Okla.) High School; Joanne Johnson of Goshen Elementary School in Eugene, Ore.; Yvonne Savior of Tilden Middle School in Philadelphia; Nellie Lebron-Robles of Mediania Alta Elementary School in Loiza, Puerto Rico; Linda Jean Harvey Filomeno of William D’Abate Elementary School in Providence, R.I.; Glenna Fouberg of Aberdeen (S.D.) Public Schools; and Frank Bluestein of Germantown (Tenn.) High School.

Mary Elizabeth Fortenberry of Newton (Texas) High School; Scott Hendrickson of American Fork (Utah) High School; Cheri Skurdall of North Country Union High School in Newport, Vt.; Suzanne Goodrich of Walker-Grant Middle School in Fredericksburg, Va.; Carol Coe of Puyallup (Wash.) High School; Jerry Stover of Clay (W.Va.) County High School; Mary Weddig of Merrill (Wis.) Junior High School; and Sharon Yovich of Thayer Elementary School in Laramie, Wyo.


Following is a list of contests, scholarships, and internships for students organized by application deadline. Asterisks (

  • ) denote new entries.
  • March 1. Picture Books.

School Book Fairs Inc., publisher and distributor of children’s books, invites elementary schools to enter its Kids Are Authors Competition. Each school is asked to submit an original picture book that has been written and illustrated by three or more students in the school. The winning school receives a $1,000 cash prize and a commemorative plaque. Each winning co-author receives a certificate, T-shirt, and copy of the published book. Ten honor-award schools receive a $100 cash prize and a commemorative certificate. Schools must hold a SBF book fair during the current academic year to be eligible. For a copy of the official rules, contact: Kids Are Authors, School Book Fairs Inc., 801 94th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33702; (800) 726-1030.

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.

  • March 15. Essay.

The Skirball Institute on American Values, a division of the American Jewish Committee, invites students in grades 10-12 to answer the essay question, “What can events, documents, or personalities in U.S. history teach us about protecting our environment?’' Answers must show how ecology has been positively or negatively influenced. One grandprize winner receives $5,000 and an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with his or her sponsoring teacher. A first- and second-place winner receive $1,000 and $500, respectively. Fifty third-place winners receive $100 each. Additional cash prizes for outstanding essays are awarded to regional winners. Contact: Skirball Essay Contest, 635 S. Harvard Blvd., Suite 214, Los Angeles, CA 90005-2511.

March 15. Music Study.

The National Federation of Music Clubs invites students of band and orchestral instruments to apply for a six-week scholarship for music study at Brevard (N.C.) Music Center this summer. Eligible are U.S. citizens between the ages of 13 and 20. Applicants must submit a taped performance. Contact: National Federation of Music Clubs, Robert E.L. Freeman, 30 Heathwood Circle, Columbia, SC 29205; (803) 256-1090.

March 30. Essay Contest.

The Ayn Rand Institute invites high school freshmen and sophomores to enter an essay contest on Rand’s novella Anthem. One first-prize winner receives a $1,000 cash award, 10 second-place winners receive $200 each, and 20 third-place winners receive $100 each. The essay, on one of three specified topics, must be two to three double-spaced, typewritten pages. To learn about the topics, contact: Anthem Essay Contest, Ayn Rand Institute, Box 6099, Inglewood, CA 90312; (310) 306-9232.

  • April 1. Turkey Recipe.

The National Turkey Federation invites students ages 12-18 to enter its National Turkey Lovers’ Recipe Contest for Teens. Contestants must submit an original recipe that serves four to eight people using at least one pound of fresh or fully cooked turkey meat. Each recipe is judged for taste, originality, appearance, appeal, and simplicity. One grand-prize winner receives a $2,000 cash award. Other winners receive cash awards up to $1,000. To obtain a copy of contest rules, send a self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope to: RULES, National Turkey Federation, 11319 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, VA 22090-5227; (703) 435-7209.

April 1. Automotive Technology.

Sears Craftsman and the National Hot Rod Association invite high school seniors seeking careers in the automotive-technology or automotivemarketing fields to apply for a 1994 Sears Craftsman Scholarship. Students are eligible if they plan to enter an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or trade/technical school upon graduation. Applicants must submit an essay, official high school transcript, two completed recommendation forms, and a completed application. Fourteen winners will each receive a $1,200 scholarship. Contact: Sears Craftsman Scholarship, NHRA Youth and Education Services, Box 5555, Glendora, CA 917400950; (818) 914-4761, ext. 276.

April 1. Leather.

Tandy Leather Co., a supplier of leather-craft products, invites seniors in public, private, or parochial high schools to apply for its 1994 Leather Art Scholarship Program. In addition to submitting artwork that is at least 50 percent leather, applicants must complete an entry form and a summary of their project. The firstthrough fourth-place winners will receive a $2,000, $1,500, $1,000, and $500 scholarship, respectively. For an application, contact: Tandy Leather Co., Attention: Art Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 2934, Fort Worth, TX 76113; (817) 551-9600.--Everett F. Boyd and Heidi Wunder

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

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