Following are application dates for student contests, scholarships, and internships. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
Greentimes, an environmental newspaper written by and for kids, welcomes students’ stories and ideas for publication. For more information, contact: Elizabeth Gilmore, Greentimes, 55 Reservoir St., Cambridge, MA 02138; (617) 868-5760; firstname.lastname@example.org;www.greenscreen.org.
*Early Fall GOVERNMENT
The United States Senate Youth Program, funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, selects 104 high school juniors and seniors for a trip to Washington, D.C., to study the branches of national government. Winners also receive $2,000 college scholarships. To apply, elected student-government officers take state qualifying tests. Two winners from each state, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense schools overseas are selected for the weeklong trip in March. Deadlines for the test vary by state. For more information, contact the Hearst Foundation at (800) 841-7048, or go to www.ussenateyouth.org.
*September 1 PHOTO CONTEST
French’s Mustard asks children ages 17 and younger to play with their food in the “Make a Funny Food Face” contest. Kids create funny faces with food and mustard, then take photographs of their masterpieces. Entries are judged on creativity and adherence to a food theme. One grand-prize winner enjoys a trip for four to the Universal Orlando theme parks. Fifty first-prize winners receive a Universal CD library. For more information, contact: French’s Make a Funny Food Face Contest, P.O. Box 43701, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043; (973) 744-0707; www.frenchsmustard.com.
*September 12 ATHLETICS
The Wendy’s High School Heisman Award recognizes students who demonstrate scholarship, citizenship, and athletic ability. Schools can nominate two juniors, one male and one female. Officials from Wendy’s fast-food chain and the CTB/McGraw-Hill book company select 102 state winners and 1,020 state finalists. Twelve students are recognized as national finalists and receive a trip to New York City to attend the Heisman Awards ceremony, where one male finalist and one female finalist are named the Wendy’s High School Heisman National Award winners. For more information, contact Wendy’s International at (800) 244-5161 or go to www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com.
*September 30 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
The FIRST LEGO League, sponsored by the LEGO Group and FIRST, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring students in math, science, and technology, invites 9- to 14-year-olds to participate in its annual team tournaments. Groups of seven to 10 students and an adult coach have approximately eight weeks to build, program, and test a fully autonomous robot capable of completing various “missions.” Teams can enter local events, preliminaries, or state tournaments, where they are rewarded for excellence in teamwork, problem-solving, creativity, design, strategy, and leadership. At state Science and Technology in Education Tournaments, every participant receives a medal, and judges present 10 team awards, including the prestigious Director’s Award. For more information about how to start or join a team, contact: FIRST, (800) 871-8326; e-mail email@example.com; www.usfirst.org.
*October 1 ART
The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts announces its Arts Recognition and Talent Search Program, open to high school seniors or artists ages 17 and 18. The foundation selects 125 students who travel to Miami for workshops and auditions; receive hotel accommodations, meals, and ground transportation; and get cash awards ranging from $100 to $3,000. About 20 artists are named Presidential Scholars in the Arts and are honored at the White House. Awards are based on merit in one of nine art forms. Applicants pay a $35 entry fee. For more information, contact the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts at (800) 970-2787, or go to www.artsawards.org.
*October 2 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
The Siemens- Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition invites high school students to enter its scholarship contest. Students working individually or in groups of two or three submit original research projects in science, mathematics, engineering, or technology. The contest, which is sponsored by the Siemens Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Siemens Corp., an electrical engineering and electronics company, awards more than $1 million in scholarships. Top prize for an individual entry is a $100,000 scholarship; the winning team splits a $100,000 scholarship. For more information, call (877) 822-5233, or go to www.siemens-foundation.org.
*October 31 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation offers merit-based scholarships to college- bound seniors. Students are evaluated on leadership abilities, academic achievements, and motivation to succeed. Fifty are chosen as national scholars and receive $20,000 college scholarships. Another 200 students are designated regional scholars and receive $4,000 each. For more information, contact the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation at (404) 733-5420 or (800) 306- 2653.
*October 31 COMMUNITY SPIRIT
The National Association of Secondary School Principals announces the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, which annually recognize middle level and high school students who have demonstrated outstanding initiative or leadership in their communities. Schools may select one honoree for every 1,000 students enrolled. One high school student and one middle level student in each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico are named state honorees and receive $1,000, a silver medallion, and an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Ten state winners—five high school and five middle level students—are named national honorees and receive an additional $5,000, a gold medal, and a trophy for their schools. Program packets are available in schools in September. For more information, contact: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Department of Student Activities, 1904 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1537; (703) 860-0200 or (800) 253-7746; fax (703) 476-5432; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.prudential.com/community/s pirit.
*November 1 GARDENING
The National Gardening Association welcomes applicants for its Youth Garden Grants program. Gardening projects involving at least 15 children ages 3-18 are eligible. Three hundred already established gardens and 100 new gardens win tools, seeds, plants, and other products. For more information, contact: Garden Grants Dept., National Gardening Association, 1100 Dorset St., South Burlington, VT 05403; (802) 863-5251, ext. 205; www.kidsgardening.com.
*November 1 VOLUNTEERISM
The Target Corp. invites high school seniors and graduates ages 24 or younger to apply for its Target All-Around Scholarships. Scholarship criteria include volunteer and community service. Five students receive $10,000, and more than 2,000 others win $1,000. Applications are available at Target stores or online. For more information, contact Target All- Around Scholarship Program at (800) 316-6142, or go to www.target.com.