For Your Students

May 01, 2003 7 min read
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Following application dates for student contests, scholarships, and internships. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.


The Prudential Insurance Company of America, in partnership with the Points of Light Foundation, presents the Prudential Youth Leadership, a service and leadership curriculum for high school students. The institute was designed to give teenagers hands-on experience at facilitating a community project. Certified trainers are using the curriculum in more than 48 states. Participants are chosen at the local level and complete 30 hours of curriculum work, hands-on field exercises, and community service projects that they choose, create, and implement. Contact: Laura Raine, Points of Light Foundation, 1400 I St. N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 729-8000; e-mail;


Creative Kids magazine, a product of Prufrock Press, publisher of literature to support the education of gifted children, requests submissions from students ages 8 to 14. Original cartoons, songs, stories of 800 to 900 words, puzzles, photographs, artwork, games, activities, editorials, poetry, and plays are accepted. Teachers or students submit up to three works each, per envelope, labeled with the child’s name, birth date, grade, school, and home address; a self-addressed, stamped envelope should be included with each submission. Students whose materials are selected for publication receive a free copy of the Creative Kids issue in which their work appears. Contact: Submissions Editor, Creative Kids, P.O. Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813; (800) 998-2208; rock_jm_createkids.cfm.


Teen Ink invites student submissions of art, poems, stories, essays, editorials, and reviews of movies, books, colleges, and Web sites for publication in its magazine. The author of any manuscript or artwork selected for publication receives a free copy of the issue containing his or her work and a Teen Ink pen and note pad. For more information, please check the Web site; works may be submitted via a form there or by mail. Contact: Teen Ink, P.O. Box 30, Newton, MA 02461; (617) 964-6800;;


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; fax (617) 868-9725; e-mail;


Annie’s Homegrown, makers of all-natural pasta products, offers scholarships to students interested in pursuing environmental studies. Every year, 25 $1,000 scholarships are awarded to full-time beginning or returning students at an accredited two- or four-year college or technical school in the United States. Contact: Annie’s Scholarship Applications, Annie’s Homegrown, P.O. Box 554, Wakefield, MA 01880; (781) 224-9639; e-mail;


The Concord Review, the only quarterly journal to publish secondary students’ academic work, accepts student essays on any historical topic. Essays should be approximately 5,000 words plus endnotes. They also must be accompanied by an entry form, available from the Review’s Web site, and a check for $40, which entitles the entrant to the next four published issues of the magazine. Submissions chosen for publication are eligible for one of four $3,000 Emerson prizes. Contact: Concord Review, 730 Boston Post Rd., Suite 24, Sudbury, MA 01776; (800) 331-5007 or (978) 443- 0022; e-mail;


The Society of Women Engineers offers a number of scholarships to women enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an ABET-accredited engineering degree program or computer science program. SWE administers more than 100 scholarship awards, ranging from $1,000 to more than $5,000 per year. Freshman applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5; other criteria vary by scholarship. Contact: Scholarship Selection Committee, Society of Women Engineers, 230 E. Ohio St., Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60611; (312) 596-5223; e-mail;


Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge seeks entries for two essay contests for middle and high school students. Applicants for the military essay should reflect on “What the American Flag Means to Me and How I Respect and Protect It.” Applicants for the youth essay contest should address the topic “What It Means to be an American.” All essays should be typed and run 500 to 1,000 words. Each contest honors one meritorious award recipient with a $100 U.S. savings bond and a George Washington honor plaque. Other winners in the youth essay contest receive an honor ribbon; those in the military essay contest receive a $50 savings bond and an honor ribbon. All entries receive an official Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge certificate. Contact: Carolyn Hallman, Director of Awards, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, P.O. Box 706, 1601 Valley Forge Rd., Valley Forge, PA 19482; (610) 933-8825, ext. 234; fax (610) 935-0522; e-mail;


The Skipping Stones Youth Honor Awards recognize students ages 7 to 17 for their contributions to multicultural awareness, peace and nonviolence, social responsibility, and nature and ecology. The 2003 themes are “Our World, Our Cultures, Our Lives” and “Connecting With Nature.” Ten articles, poems, and photos that illustrate these themes will be selected for publication in Skipping Stones magazine. The $3 entry fee can be waived for low-income applicants. For more information, contact: Youth Honor Awards, Skipping Stones Magazine, P.O. Box 3939,Eugene, OR 97403-0939; (541) 342-4956; e-mail;


The National Council of Teachers of English invites entries for its Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines. Magazines published between September 2002 and July 2003 by senior high, junior high, and middle school students are judged in state competitions. Magazines earn rankings based on content quality, writing, editing, proofreading, design and art, cover, pagination, and production. Entry forms are available online; a $25 entry fee is required. Contact: Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines, National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 W. Kenyon Rd., Urbana, IL 61801-1096; (800) 369-6283;


Optimist International, a volunteer organization devoted to providing services for youth, announces it oratorical contest to inspire today’s youngsters to motivate and inform others through the art of public speaking. Interested students must prepare a speech on the topic “United We Stand in Optimism” and present it at their local Optimist Clubs. The speeches, which must be four to five minutes long, are judged at the club, zone, and district levels. Club-level winners receive medallions; zone-level winners receive plaques. District-level winners receive plaques and college scholarships; amounts vary. Contact: Optimist International, Programs Department, Oratorical Coordinator, 4494 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108; (800) 500-8130, ext. 224; fax (314) 371-6006; e-mail;

* July 1 POETRY

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, an international educational organization, welcomes submissions for the 2003 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards, an annual series of awards to encourage poets to explore and illuminate positive visions of peace and the human spirit. Awards include two youth prizes of $200 each, one for students ages 12 and under and one for ages 13 to 18, and an adult prize of $1,000. A committee of poets selected by the foundation chooses the winners, as well as honorable mentions, in each category. For more information, send a self- addressed, stamped envelope to the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Contest, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, PMB 121, 1187 Coast Village Rd., Suite 1, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794; e-mail; www.wag


The Commonweal Foundation sponsors the Pathways to Success program, which awards scholarships to boarding schools and provides students with opportunities to increase their academic skills, gain work experience, and expand their knowledge of life beyond their local communities. Scholarships may be used at any Pathways Partner School and are determined case by case, not to exceed $4,000 per academic year. Funds are distributed directly to the schools. Any student new to the boarding school experience and entering grades 9-12 may apply. Students must have potential for success in a regular or accelerated classroom setting, be willing to participate in work and community service opportunities, and demonstrate financial need. For more information, contact: Paula Webber, 10770 Columbia Pike, Suite 100, Silver Spring, MD 20901; (866) 846-8131 or (301) 592-1316; fax (301) 592-1305;


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