Following are application dates for student contests, scholarships, and internships. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
*November 1 LEADERSHIP
The Elks National Foundation, one of America’s largest and oldest fraternal organizations, sponsors the merit-based Legacy Awards for Children of Elks. High school seniors whose parents or grandparents have been Elks at least since April 1999 are eligible to receive one of 500 $1,000, one-year scholarships to be used toward study at an accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants are judged on academic achievement and leadership abilities. For more information, contact: Elks National Foundation, 2750 N. Lakeview Ave., Chicago, IL 60614-1889; (773) 755-4728; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.elks.org.
*November 5 ART
Puffs facial tissue, a product of Procter & Gamble Co., in partnership with Crayola, sponsors the Puffs Back-to-School Design the Box Contest, inviting K-6 kids to create a design with the theme “What I like best about school.” Entries, which may be done in crayon, marker, pencil, pen, chalk, or paint, are judged on the appropriateness of the design, originality, and charm. The grand-prize winner receives a $25,000 savings bond for college and a Gateway personal computer, along with a digital camera for the classroom. Three first-place winners receive Gateway personal computers, and all winners get a year’s supply of Puffs. For more information, contact Puffs at (800) 77-PUFFS or visit www.puffs.com or www.crayola.com.
*November 15 PEACE POSTER
Lions Clubs International invites 11- through 13-year-old students to participate in its 2001-02 Peace Poster Contest. Contestants submit a poster- created in pencil, crayon, pen, marker, paint, or chalk-depicting this year’s theme, “Lighting the Path to World Peace.” The grand-prize winner receives $2,500, plus an expenses-paid trip with two family members to the awards ceremony at the Lions Club International convention. Participating schools and youth groups must be sponsored by a Lions Club, and poster kits, which cost $7.95, must be purchased by October 1. Contact: Lions Clubs International, (800) 288-8846; e-mail www. lionsclubs.org.
*November 28 SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIPS
The Intel Corp. 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 research projects. Forty finalists receive a laptop computer and go on a weeklong, expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Science Talent Institute. The first-place finalist earns a $100,000, four-year scholarship; second- and third-place finalists win scholarships of $75,000 and $50,000, respectively. For more information, contact: Intel Science Talent Search, Science Service, 1719 N St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 785-2255; e-mail email@example.com; www.sciserv.org..
*December 1 ENGINEERING
The National Society of Professional Engineers offers National Scholarships for high school seniors who plan to study engineering at an ABET-accredited college or university. The Auxiliary Scholarship provides one female with $1,000 a year for four years. The Virginia D. Henry Memorial Scholarship is a one-time $1,000 prize given to a female for her freshman year only. The Paul H. Robbins Honorary Scholarship gives $2,000 to any individual. Awards may be applied to any ABET-accredited college or university and are based strictly on SAT scores, GPA, and an essay. For more information, contact: NSPE Headquarters, Education Services, 1420 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314-2794; (703) 684-2800; www.nspe.org.
*December 1 ENGLISH
Because students must know the rules in order to break them, Cottonwood Press invites kids to enter its “Aggravate Your English Teacher” Contest. In 750 words or less, students are urged to commit the 50 pet peeves discussed in the book How to Avoid English Teachers’ Pet Peeves. Prizes of $50, $30, and $20 are awarded to the top three winners in each of three categories: grades 5-8, grades 9-12, and adult. Entries must commit at least 90 percent of the pet peeves and some entries will be published in future editions of the book. For more information, contact: Cottonwood Press, 107 Cameron Dr., Fort Collins, CO 80525; (800) 864-4297; www.cottonwoodpress.com.
*December 1 GIRLS’ SPORTS
The Women’s Sports Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to enhancing sport and fitness experiences for girls and women, sponsors the Linda Riddle/ SGMA Endowed Scholarship, which provides young women athletes of limited financial needs the opportunity to be college athletes. Female high school seniors looking to enter a full-time two- or four-year college program in the fall of 2002 may apply. Applicants must have participated on a high school team and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. The amount of the scholarship varies annually. Contact: Linda Riddle Endowed Scholarship, Women’s Sports Foundation, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY 11554; (800) 227-3988; www.womenssportsfoundation.org.
*December 1 PLAYWRIGHTS
Young Playwrights Inc. invites students ages 18 and under to write original, nonmusical plays for the Young Playwrights Festival, which aims to identify, develop, and encourage young playwrights. Several plays are accepted for production at the festival, and 10-12 students are invited to the YPI Writers Conference, an intensive play-writing workshop in New York City that culminates in professionally staged readings of the winning plays. Contact: Young Playwrights Festival National Playwright Competition, 306 W. 38th St., Suite 300, New York, NY 10018; (212) 307-1140; fax (212) 307-1454; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.youngplaywrights.org.
*December 7 ART
Sakura of America, producer of oil pastels, announces its eighth annual “Cray- Pas Wonderful, Colorful World” art contest. Public and private school students submit work that uses oil pastels to win prizes for themselves, their schools, and the sponsoring teachers. Entries are judged on creativity, technique, and visual impact in three grade levels: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. One first-prize winner in each category receives a $300 savings bond; second- and third-place winners receive $200 and $100 savings bonds, respectively. Winning schools get art supplies and one randomly drawn teacher goes to London. For more information, contact: Sakura Cray-Pas 2002 Wonderful, Colorful World Contest, 30780 San Clemente, Hayward, CA 94544; (888) 418-0327, ext. 177; www.gellyroll.com.
*December 7 FIRE PREVENTION
High school seniors nationwide are invited to write an essay for the American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Contest. Each applicant submits an essay of 700 to 1,000 words describing the history and impact of automatic fire sprinklers, a bibliography, and a letter of recommendation. Scholarships of $1,000 are given to seven regional winners. The first-place winner receives an additional $3,000 scholarship; one second-place winner and one third-place winner get additional scholarships of $2,000 and $1,000, respectively. Applications, guidelines, and past essays are available on the Web site. For more information, contact: Scholarship Contest, American Fire Sprinkler Association, 12959 Jupiter Rd., Suite 142, Dallas, TX 75238; fax (214) 343- 8898; e-mail mtucker@ firesprinkler.org; www.sprinklernet.org.