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January 01, 2001 9 min read
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Following are application dates for student contests, scholarships, and internships. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.

*December 15 COMPUTER ARTS
Imation Corp., a worldwide supplier for the information and image-management industry, invites high school students to participate in its Fourth 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 to Minneapolis/St. Paul in April for the recognition events. For more information, call (888) 466-3456 or go to

Citibank and the Federal Reserve Bank System sponsor the 2001 Fed Challenge, a national economics competition for high school students. Teams of five students work with a teacher to recommend a monetary policy for the United States. Teams are judged on formal presentations before Federal Reserve officials. The national winning team receives $5,000 scholarships for each student and teacher, plus a $10,000 grant to set up a school economics laboratory. Three national finalist teams receive $2,000 scholarships for each student and teacher, plus a $3,000 grant for the teams’ schools. Deadlines vary. Contact: Robert Diamant, (877) 333-2454; www.ny.frb.

*January 1 POETRY
Weekly Reader Corp. requests submissions for the 12th annual Bowler Poetry Prize, sponsored by Weekly Reader Corp.'s literary magazine, READ, and the family of Ann Arlys Bowler in memory of the young poet. Students in grades 6-12 are asked to “reflect on a time when you felt intensely alive” and write a poem. Six winners have their poems published in READ, and each receives $100 and a medal of honor. For more information, contact: Ann Arlys Bowler Poetry Contest, READ, 200 First Stamford Pl., Stamford, CT 06912-0023;

*January 8 WRITING
Writing! magazine announces the 10th annual Writing! contest. Students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to enter a story, essay, or poem on the theme of time. Entries are judged in two grade divisions-6-8 and 9-12-with three categories in each: fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Awards are given for first- , second-, and third-place in each category for both age groups. Six first- prize winners receive $150 and publication in the April/May issue of Writing! The names of second-prize winners, who get $100, and third-prize winners, who earn $50, are also announced in the April/May issue. For more information, contact: Writing! Contest, 900 Skokie Blvd., Suite 200, Northbrook, IL 60062- 4028; (847) 205-3154; e-mail

The National Council of Teachers of English is accepting nominations for its 2001 Promising Young Writers Program. Eighth grade language arts teachers are encouraged to nominate students and submit examples of their best written work. Winning students receive a certificate of recognition. The council charges a $5 nomination fee per student. Contact: Promising Young Writers Program, National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 W. Kenyon Rd., Urbana, IL 61801-1096.

*January 24 PEACE
The United States Institute of Peace announces the National Peace Essay Contest for students in grades 9-12. Students examine the role of outsiders who bring peace to civil conflicts. First-place winners from each state receive $1,000 college scholarships and compete for national awards of $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 for first, second, and third place, respectively. First-place state winners are also invited to attend an expenses-paid awards program in Washington, D.C., in June. Contact: United States Institute of Peace, 1200 17th St. N.W., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 429-3854; e-mail;

The National Honor Society and the National Association of Secondary School Principals award 200 scholarships of $1,000 each. Society chapters nominate two senior chapter members who have shown outstanding character, earned good grades, performed community service, and demonstrated strong leadership skills. For more information, contact: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Department of Student Activities, 1904 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1537; (703) 860-0200; fax (703) 476-5432; e-mail;

Time for Kids and Ford Motor Company announce Hometown Heroes for the Planet, a competition recognizing Americans who are helping the environment in their communities. Students can nominate another kid, an adult, or a group of people in their area. Judges choose five students under the age of 17 and five adults over the age of 17 nationwide to be featured in a special Earth Day 2001 edition of Time for Kids, as well as on the TFK and Ford Web sites, and inducted into the Hometown Heroes Hall of Fame. Fifty runners-up are also inducted. Kids describe what their heroes have done for the environment that makes them laudable. Nominees are judged on their commitment to the environment and work toward long-term changes. For more information, contact: TFK Hometown Heroes, Time for Kids, Room 2523B, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020; (800) 777-8600;

*January 31 CIVICS
Lutheran Brotherhood sponsors the RespecTeen Speak for Yourself Contest for 7th and 8th grade students who are 13 years or older. Contestants research a national issue and write a letter about it to their U.S. representatives. A panel of educators chooses a winner from each participating congressional district to receive a $50 savings bond. State winners also are selected and receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. For more information, call the Lutheran Brotherhood at (888) 376-1876 or visit

*January 31 SCIENCE
The Bayer Corp. and the National Science Foundation present the Bayer/NSF Award for Community Innovation. Teams of three to four students in grades 6-8 identify a problem in their community and come up with an innovative solution. Winners receive an expenses-paid, one-week trip to Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort, $25,000 to develop their idea in the community from the Columbus Foundation Community Grant, and $36,000 in savings bonds for team members. For more information, call (800) 291-6020 or visit award.htm.

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution offers a scholarship to a high school senior planning a college major in American history. The $8,000 award is distributed over four years. Students must be sponsored by local DAR chapters, which set their own eligibility standards. For more information, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Office of the Committees and Scholarships, 1776 D St. N.W., Washington, DC 20006; (202) 628-1776.

*February 1 WEB DESIGN
Iowa State University and various other sponsors offer a Web design contest for students in grades 11 and 12. Web sites must demonstrate originality, creativity, and writing/ designing ability and must support topics covered in an honors or Advanced Placement high school American government class. One grand-prize winner receives a $20,000 scholarship to be used in any field of study at ISU; two semifinalists get $10,000 scholarships. For more information, contact: Office of Admissions, Web Design Contest, 314 Alumni Hall, Ames, IA 50011; (515) 294- 4111; e-mail

*February 2 TECHNOLOGY
Toshiba Corp., in conjunction with the National Science Teachers Association, seeks applicants for the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards. Teams of two to four K-12 students submit descriptions of technology as it might exist 20 years in the future. Each student on four first-place teams wins a $10,000 savings bond; students on the four second-place teams win $5,000 savings bonds. The teacher-advisers of the finalist teams and their schools win Toshiba equipment. Team members, their parents, and their advisers also win a trip to Washington, D.C., for the awards ceremony. For more information, contact: Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (800) 397-5679 or (703) 243-7100; e-mail

February 7 WEB PAGES
Advanced Network and Services Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes technology in education, sponsors ThinkQuest Junior, an international contest challenging students in grades 4-6 to build Web sites that are interactive learning tools. More than $250,000 is awarded to winning students, teachers, and schools. For more information, visit the Advanced Network and Services Inc. Web site at www.

The Horace Mann Co., an Illinois-based firm that sells insurance and retirement annuities to educators, invites college-bound high school seniors to apply for the Horace Mann Scholarship Program. For students to be eligible, their parents or legal guardians must be employed by a U.S. public school or college. Eligible students also must have a B average and a score of at least 23 on the ACT or at least 1100 on the SAT. Thirty-one awards are given: one $20,000 scholarship, 10 $4,000 scholarships, and 20 $1,000 scholarships. For more information, contact: Horace Mann Companies, Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 20490, Springfield, IL 62708-0001; (217) 789-2500;

*February 15 TRAVEL
EF Educational Tours announces the EF Global Citizen Awards, a scholarship program for high school juniors. Ten U.S. students and two Canadian students each receive a $1,000 scholarship and a 10-day, expenses-paid educational tour of Europe. Applicants must be nominated by their schools and write an essay about what it means to be a global citizen. For more information, contact: Global Citizen Program, EF Educational Tours, EF Center Boston, One Education St., Cambridge, MA 02141-1883; (800) 637-8222; e-mail;

NewsCurrents, a weekly current events program produced for schools by Knowledge Unlimited Inc., announces its Student Editorial Cartoon Contest. Students in grades K-12 enter cartoons that are judged on clarity, originality, and knowledge of the subject. First-, second-, and third-place winners are named in three categories: K-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Winners receive savings bonds, and the top 100 cartoons are featured in the forthcoming book Editorial Cartoons by Kids, 2001. For more information, contact: Knowledge Unlimited, NewsCurrents Editorial Cartoon Contest, P.O. Box 52, Madison, WI 53701; (800) 356-2303; www.

The Korea Society invites students in grades 8-12 to submit essays discussing the impact of the Internet on the relationship between Korea and America, the challenges facing U.S. companies that do business in the Korean market, or the similarities and differences between teens in Korea and the United States. Cash prizes are awarded; a grand-prize winner also gets a weeklong trip for two to Korea. Contact: Director, Korean Studies, Korea Society, 950 Third Ave., 8th Fl., New York, NY 10022; (212) 759-7525, ext. 25;

Kate Ryan


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