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May 01, 1994 13 min read

Following is a list of application deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors available to individuals. Asterisks (

  • ) denote new entries.


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 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.

  • June 3. Geography.

The National Council for the Social Studies and the George Cram Co., a map publisher, invite applications for their geography grant. One $2,500 award is presented to the applicant who submits the best proposal for a program that incorporates the study of geography into the social studies curriculum. Eligible are all individuals involved in social studies education. Contact: NCSS Information Services, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 9667840, ext. 106.

  • June 15. Literacy.

The International Reading Association offers the Helen M. Robinson Award. One $500 award is given to a doctoral student in the beginning stages of dissertation research to encourage, support, and honor his or her study of reading and literacy. Eligible are all IRA members. Contact: Gail Keating, Division of Research, IRA, 800 Barksdale Road, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 7311600, ext. 226.

  • June 22. Math And Science.

The Annenberg Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting offer awards totaling $2 million for five to 10 projects that incorporate effective math and science reform efforts at the K-12 level. Applicants must create materials using video, print, and/or audio media. Eligible are K-12 teachers and administrators. To receive guidelines, contact: The Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project, 901 E St., N.W., Washington, DC 20004-2037; (202) 879-9711.

  • July 1. Chemistry.

The American Chemical Society offers a number of travel grants to high school chemistry teachers wishing to attend a 1995 ACS or National Science Teachers Association regional or national meeting. Each grant winner must agree to present a session at the meeting on an ACS program or product. Up to $500 is available to cover such expenses as transportation, hotel accommodations, food, and presentation supplies. Contact: ACS, Education Division, Room 806, 1155 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 872-6328.


May 30. Special Educator.

The Edmark Corp., publisher of educational software and print materials, invites applications for its first Special Educator of the Year Award. One winner who has designed an innovative instructional program for special needs students using at least one Edmark product receives a Macintosh or IBM-compatible computer and a $2,000 gift certificate for Edmark products. Five runners-up each receive a $1,000 gift certificate. Any certified special education teacher or therapist is eligible. To receive an entry form, call: (800) 362-2890.

  • June 3. Social Studies Teacher.

The National Council for the Social Studies invites nominations for the Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year awards. One teacher at the elementary and middle school levels and two teachers at the secondary level will be selected for national recognition. Eligible are current classroom teachers who teach social studies at least half time and have maintained NCSS membership for at least two years prior to the time of their nomination. For nomination applications, contact: NCSS Information Services, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 9667840, ext. 106.

  • June 3. McAullife Award.

The National Council for the Social Studies invites applications for its Christa McAullife Award. One $1,000 cash award will be presented to an educator who describes a unique ambition or dream that under ordinary circumstances could not be fulfilled. Applicants must be NCSS members and full-time social studies teachers or teacher educators. Contact: NCSS Information Services, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840, ext. 106.

June 30. Journalism.

The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Inc. invites applications for its National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year awards. Newspapers, press associations, colleges, and high school administrators are asked to nominate exceptional teachers of high school journalism or advisers of school newspapers. One $1,000 scholarship in the name of the winner and $500 scholarships in the names of four honorable-mention winners will be awarded to seniors at the schools of the award-winning teachers. For application materials, contact: The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Inc., P.O. Box 300, Princeton, NJ 08543-0300; (609) 452-2820.


  • Open. Books For Teachers.

Stenhouse Publishers, a division of Highlights for Children, accepts book manuscripts written for and by teachers that reflect a philosophical approach to teaching that opens up the classroom to the world beyond the school building. For writers’ guidelines, contact: Stenhouse Publishers, P.O. Box 360, York, ME 03909, or call Philippa Stratton or Tom Seavey at (207) 363-9198; FAX (207) 363-9730.

  • June 30. Women’s Issues.

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, in conjunction with its special study group on gender in education, is soliciting papers for presentation at AACTE’s 1995 annual meeting, to be held Feb. 12-15 in Washington, D.C. Papers that address gender issues in relation to educational reform strategies are encouraged. Four proposals will be selected for one session. Contact: Governmental Relations and Issue Analysis, AACTE, One Dupont Circle, Suite 610, Washington, DC 20036-1186; (202) 293-2450.

  • July 1. Reform.

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is soliciting papers for its 1995 annual meeting, which will have as its theme: “Reform, Restructuring, and Innovation: What are the Results?’' The meeting will be held Feb. 12-15 in Washington, D.C. Of primary interest are proposals that candidly describe reform efforts under way in schools, colleges, and departments of education and their initial results. Contact: Sonja Goree, AACTE, One Dupont Circle, Suite 610, Washington, DC 200361186; (202) 293-2450.


Coaches Care, a public-service program created by the Gatorade Co., has honored Sharon Austerman, head girls’ volleyball coach at Cortez High School in Phoenix, for her pioneering spirit and longtime commitment to giving female athletes the same access to sports as boys. Austerman received a coach’s jacket, briefcase, certificate, and special plaque.

The Dolores Kohl Education Foundation has named 10 winners of its 1994 Kohl International Teaching Awards. Each teacher, selected for his or her exceptional methods, commitment, sensitivity, and courage, will receive a $1,000 cash award and be honored at the 10th annual Kohl Awards ceremony in May. The winners are: Jean Baldikoski of Naperville (Ill.) Central High School; Patricia Beiler of D.R. Cameron School in Chicago; Roy Coleman of Morgan Park High School in Chicago; Susan Gundlach of North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, Ill.; Art Isennagle of Olde Orchard Alternative Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio; Norma Butler May of Evanston (Ill.) Township High School; Ira Carol McGill of Simpson Alternative School for Pregnant Girls in Chicago; Richard Morgan of Beethoven Elementary School in Chicago; Edward Pino of Jose Clemente Orozco Academy of Fine Arts & Sciences in Chicago; and Linda Voss of Winslow (Maine) Junior High School.


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

Math And Science.

The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education offers 10 regional guidebooks that are designed to help elementary and secondary educators in each region locate federal resources they can use to supplement mathematics and science teaching. To get a free copy of the guidebook for your region, contact: Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education, Ohio State University, 1929 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1079; (614) 292-7784.

Critical Reading.

The College Board offers Making Sense: Teaching Critical Reading Across the Curriculum, a 180-page softcover book that provides easily applied teaching strategies designed to improve reading and comprehension skills of students of all ages. Cost: $15, plus $3.95 shipping and handling. Contact: Making Sense, College Board Publications, Box 886, New York, NY 10101-0886.


Free Spirit Publishing Inc. offers When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens about Grieving and Healing, by Marilyn E. Gootman. The 120-page book discusses the suffering and confusion young people typically experience when a friend dies. It also includes a list of referral organizations. Cost: $7.95. Contact: Free Spirit Publishing, 400 First Ave. N., Suite 616, Minneapolis, MN 55401: (800) 735-7323.

Gifted Magazine.

Scholar Communications Inc., a magazine publisher, introduces Young Scholar, a periodical designed for gifted teenagers who want to take full advantage of their education and be successful in college. The full-color, bimonthly magazine covers a wide range of topics, including college planning, free-lance writing, and international study. Cost: $14.97 for a oneyear subscription. To order, call: (800) 537-4234.

Computer Education.

Glencoe, a division of Macmillian/ McGraw-Hill, offers its 1994 College Computer Education Catalog, a 40page listing of textbooks, training manuals, and quick-comprehension guides to such software packages and programs as Lotus, WordPerfect, and DOS. Contact: Glencoe, P.O. Box 543, Blacklick, OH 43004; (800) 334-7344.


The Greater Miami Opera Association, in conjunction with the Young Patronesses of the Opera, offers “Opera Funtime,’' a series of booklets designed to hook 10-year-olds on opera. Each 10-page booklet includes musical and dramatic descriptions, poetry, games, and puzzles. Cost: $3 each. Contact: Greater Miami Opera, 1200 Coral Way, Miami, FL 331452980; (305) 854-1643.

Teaching Abroad.

Peterson’s, publisher of educational resource books, offers Teaching English Abroad, a 368-page paperback guide that lists short- and long-term teaching opportunities for both trained and untrained teachers of English as a second language. The book includes country-by-country listings and potential red tape. Cost: $15.95. To order, call: (800) 338-3282.


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

  • ) denote new entries.
  • Open. Service.

The President’s Youth Service Awards recognize exemplary community service efforts of young Americans. Schools, religious organizations, businesses, and clubs may nominate young people ages 5-22; awards are made in four age categories. Contact: President’s Youth Service Awards, 621 Delaware St., New Castle, DE 19720; (302) 323-9659.

May 1. Getting Published.

Landmark Editions, a children’s book publisher, invites students ages 6-19 to enter its National Written and Illustrated By ... Awards Contest for Students. Participants must submit a book they have both written and illustrated. One author in each of three age categories--6-9, 10-13, and 1419--is awarded a publishing contract, royalties, and an expense-paid trip to Landmark’s offices in Kansas City, Mo. Entry fee is $1. For guidelines, send a self-addressed, business-size envelope, stamped with 58 cents postage to: 1994 National Written & Illustrated By ... Awards Contest, Landmark Editions Inc., P.O. Box 4469, Kansas City, MO 64127.

May 2. Travel.

Delta Air Lines invites middle school students to answer the essay question, “If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?’' Each student must address an essay to another student anywhere in the world and explain why he or she would like to visit that student’s hometown and why that student would want to visit the writer’s hometown. Twenty finalists are awarded college scholarships and are invited to attend a weekend celebration at Disney World with their sponsoring teachers, who also receive scholarships for continuing education. One grand-prize winner receives a trip for four to any Delta destination worldwide. For an entry form, contact: Delta Air Lines; (800) 552-DELT.

June 1. Peace.

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation invites high school students to enter its 1994 Swackhamer Prize essay contest. In no more than 1,000 words, applicants must write a letter to U.N. Secretary General Boutros-Ghali with proposals for making the United Nations more effective in achieving its goals. The first-place winner receives $1,500, the second-place winner $1,000, and the third-place winner $500. The three winning essays will be published by the Foundation and sent to the U.N. Secretary General. Contact: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 123, Santa Barbara, CA 93108; (805) 965-3443.

  • June 15. Special Arts.

The Panasonic Young Soloists Award, established by the Very Special Arts educational affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., will provide a $5,000 scholarship to one or two students with disabilities, under age 25, who wish to pursue their study of music. Any instrumentalist or vocalist with a disability may apply. In addition to the scholarship, recipients will have the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center. To receive an application packet, contact: Very Special Arts, Young Soloists Program, Education Office, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC 20566; (202) 628-2800 or (202) 737-0645 (TDD).

  • June 26. History Camp.

The American Blue & Gray Association invites high school students to apply for 10 scholarships to its 1994 Civil War History Camp, to be held June 26-July 2 at Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Md. Students will tour Civil War battlefields and other historic places, observe historical re-enactments, and participate in round-table discussions. The $650 scholarships include registration and room and board. Contact: David Hinze, Camp Director, Route 4, Box 85, Rolla, MO 65401; (800) 992-1863.

  • June 30. Computer Game.

Electronic Arts Inc. invites children ages 3-14 to enter its “Does Your Child Have a $25,000 Imagination?’' scholarship program. Applicants must submit an idea for a new interactive computer game. One $25,000 scholarship will be awarded for the best entry in each of two age groups: 3-7 and 8-14. First-, second-, and third-place winners will also be selected from each group; they will receive computer equipment or software. Contact: Electronic Arts Inc., College Scholarship, 1450 Fashion Island Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94404.

June 30. Literary Magazine.

Merlyn’s Pen, a magazine of students’ writing, announces its 1994 Literary Magazine Contest and Critique. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to submit their schools’ literary magazine to be professionally critiqued and entered in a national competition. Golden Pen Awards go to the best overall high school entry and the best middle school entry. Prizes will also be given in special categories: best design; best art and photography; and best writing. Cost per entry is $60. Additional fees are required for entry in each of the special categories. For information and an application form, contact: Merlyn’s Pen Contest and Critique, P.O. Box 910, East Greenwich, RI 02818; (401) 885-5175.--Everett F. Boyd, Adrienne Coles, and Heidi Wunder

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