For Your Students

October 01, 1999 6 min read

Following are application dates for student contests, scholarships, and internships. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.


Prudential Insurance’s Spirit of Community Initiative features the Prudential Youth Leadership Institute, open to high school students who demonstrate leadership potential in their community. Participants in the program complete 30 hours of curriculum work and a community service project that they choose, create, and implement. Contact: Points of Light Foundation, 1400 I St. N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 729-8000.


Target Corp. invites high school sen iors and graduates age 23 or younger to apply for its Target All-Around Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded based on volunteer and community service as well as grade-point average; five seniors receive $10,000, and 1,830 win $1,000. Applications are available at all Target stores. Contact: Target All-Around Scholarship Program, (800) 537-4180;

*November 12 CHILDREN’S ART

Pentel of America Ltd., a manufacturer of writing instruments and art materials, is sponsoring the 30th International Children’s Art Exhibition. Entrants must be ages 3-15 on January 1, 2000, and submit entry forms and two-dimensional drawings, paintings, collages, or woodcut designs. For more information, contact: Janet Quan, International Chil dren’s Art Exhibition, Pentel of America Ltd., 2805 Columbia St., Torrance, CA 90509; (800) 421-1419, ext. 269.

*November 26 PHOTOGRAPHY

The LaMotte Co., provider of environmental-education equipment, offers students a chance to win free equipment for their schools or other educational programs in its Environmental Education Photo Contest. Students or teachers submit photographs showing students working with current LaMotte testing equipment; entries must include a brief description of how the equipment is used in the classroom. First, second, and third prizes are awarded $500, $250, and $100 merchandise certificates, respectively; honorable-mention winners receive $50 certificates. Contact: LaMotte Co., P.O. Box 329, Chestertown, MD 21620; (800) 344-3100 or (410) 778-3100; e-mail;

*December 1 PEACE POSTER

Lions Clubs International invites students ages 11-13 to participate in its 1999-2000 Peace Poster Contest. Contestants submit a poster-created in pencil, crayon, pen, marker, paint, or chalk-depicting this year’s theme, “A New Beginning for Peace.” The grand-prize winner receives $2,500, plus an expenses-paid trip with two family members to attend an awards ceremony at the Lions Club International convention in Honolulu. Participating schools must be sponsored by a Lions Club. For more information, contact: Lions Clubs International, (800) 288-8846.


Intel Corporation invites high school seniors to compete for up to $1.2 million in scholarships and awards in its Science Talent Search. Students submit reports of science, math, or engineering research projects. Forty finalists are chosen for a week-long, expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Science Talent Institute. First-place finalist wins a $100,000, four-year scholarship; second- and third-place winners receive scholarships of $75,000 and $50,000, respectively. Each finalist also gets a laptop computer. Contact: Intel Science Talent Search, c/o Science Service, 1719 N St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 785-2255; e-mail;


Young Playwrights Inc. invites students ages 18 and under to write original nonmusical plays for the Young Playwrights Festival. The festival aims to identify, develop, and encourage young playwrights to create new work for the theater. Several plays are accepted for production at the festival, and 10-12 students are invited to attend an intensive playwriting workshop in New York City. Contact: Young Playwrights Festival National Playwright Competition, 321 W. 44th St., Suite 906, New York, NY 10036; (212) 307-1140; fax (212) 307-1454; e-mail;


High school seniors nationwide are invited to write an essay for the American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Contest. Essays should run 700 to 1,000 words and address the topic: “Why Should My School Have Fire Sprinklers?” Seven regional winners each receive a $750 scholarship. The first-place winner receives an additional $2,500 scholarship; one second-place winner and one third-place winner get additional scholarships of $1,500 and $750, respectively. Contact: Scholarship Contest, American Fire Sprinkler Association, 12959 Jupiter Rd., Suite 142, Dallas, TX 75238; (214) 349-5965; fax (214) 343-8898;


EdPress, an independent professional association for educational publishers, announces the Distinguished Achievement Awards for Excellence in Student Publications, a national awards program that recognizes outstanding student publishing. Entries are judged according to editorial and design principles. Up to four finalists are selected in each of four categories-newsletters, newspapers, magazines, and online publications-to receive a $500 award, plus $500 in educational materials and a classroom visit from a professional editor. Winners are presented at the EdPress Distinguished Achievement Awards banquet in June at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Contact: EdPress, (609) 256-4610; e-mail;

*December 15 COMPUTER ARTS

Imation Corp., a worldwide supplier for the information and image-management industry, invites high school students to participate in its Third Annual Imation Computer Arts Scholarship Program, which honors students’ original works of computer-generated art. Public and private high schools of up to 1,000 students can nominate one piece of artwork for consideration; schools of more than 1,000 students can nominate two pieces. The top 100 entries receive National Certificates of Excellence, and 25 national finalists each receive a $1,000 scholarship, a medallion, and a trip with a parent, guardian, or school representative to Minneapolis/St. Paul in April for the recognition events. Contact: Jacqueline Berry, (888) 466- 3456; fax (651) 704-3892;

*December 15 RADIO

Earth and Sky Radio, in conjunction with the National Science Foundation, invites K-12 students to enter its annual Young Producers Contest. Teams of students write and record a 90-second radio show on a science or nature topic of their choice. Five shows are chosen for broadcast on the Earth and Sky Radio series. Members of the grand-prize winning team receive $1,000 U.S. savings bonds; members of the four other finalist teams get $500 U.S. savings bonds. Contact: Young Producers Contest, P.O. Box 2203, Austin, TX 78768; (512) 480-8773; fax (512) 477-4474; e-mail;

*December 31 ESSAYS

Stein Roe Mutual Funds invites students in
grades 5-7 to participate in its Young Investor Fund Essay Contest. The essays on the importance of money and investing are judged on content, writing style, and writing mechanics. First-, second-, and third-place winners are selected for each grade. First-place winners receive $5,000 in Young Investor Fund shares. Second- and third-place winners get $2,500 and $1,000 in shares, respectively. Contact: The Young Investor Fund Essay Contest, Stein Roe Mutual Funds, One S. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606; (800) 403-KIDS.

*January 31 WATER

EcoWater Systems, a manufacturer
of commercial and residential water systems, invites students in grades 6-8 to enter its World of Water Contest. To participate, students create a public-service advertisement that encourages the conservation and protection of the water supply. One winner is selected in each grade at local, regional, and national levels. Three national winners receive $500 each; 15 regional winners collect $100 each. Teachers of the national winners receive $1,500 for class supplies or to pay travel expenses for the 2000 National Science Teachers Association convention in Orlando, Fla. The winning advertisements are distributed among local media. Call (800) 86-WATER.

--Karen L. Abercrombie