March 08, 1995 11 min read

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March 13--Youth with Disabilities: March 13--Youth-rehabilitation services: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Special Projects and Demonstrations for Providing Transitional Rehabilitation Services to Youths With Disablities Program. The awards are designed to provide job training for youths with disabilities to prepare them for entry into the labor force, including competitive or supported employment. There are an estimated 10 awards averaging $200,000 available to eligible states and other public and nonprofit private agenices and organizations. Contact: Pamela Martin, U.S.E.D., 600 Independence Ave., S.W., Room 3414 MES, Washington, D.C. 20202-2741; (202) 205-9343; TDD: (800) 877-8339.


March 15--Student cartoon contest: Entries are due for the seventh annual Student Editorial Cartoon Contest, sponsored by NewsCurrents. All elementary, middle, and high school students are eligible. One first-prize winner, two second-prize winners, and two third-prize winners will be chosen from the grade categories of K-6, 7-9, and 10-12. The top 100 cartoons will appear in Editorial Cartoons by Kids, 1995, a softcover book. Contact: NewsCurrents Editorial Cartoon Contest, P.O. Box 52, Madison, Wis. 53701.

March 15--Student game contest: Entries are due for the Megagame 2000 contest, sponsored by Phantastic Phinds for Phys Ed and U.S. Games. Physical-education students in grades 7-12 are asked to develop a new, futuristic game. All entries must be original in design. The winning entry will receive $100,000 worth of free sporting equipment for the school. Entry forms may be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: P.P.P.E., Megagame 2000, 72532 Edgehill Dr., Suite 2, Palm Desert, Calif. 92260.

March 31--Student essay contest: Entries are due for the William J. Gage National Student Zinc Essay Contest sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Mines and the American Zinc Association. Students in grades 7-12 are invited to participate by writing a five- to 10-page essay about zinc and its uses in everyday life. Two winners--one from grades 7-9 and one from grades 10-12--will each receive a $200 U.S. Savings Bond and a two-day trip to Washington, D.C., during the summer. Contact: A.Z.A., Suite 240, 1112 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C.; (202) 835-0164.

March 31--Recycling scholarship: Entries are due for the 1995 Mid-America Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Scholarship Program. Students must write an essay of 750 to 1,000 words demonstrating the 1994-95 program theme of “Recycling...A 21st Century Reality.” High school seniors from the region comprising Missouri,eastern Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and southern Illnois are eligible to compete for more than $1,500 in scholarship money. Contact: Corporate Strategies, 11861 Westline Ind. Dr., Suite 200, St. Louis, Mo. 63146; (314) 997-0037; fax: (314) 997-1357.

April 1--Art scholarship: Entries are due for the Tandy Leather 1995 Art Scholarship, sponsored by the Tandy Leather Company. Entrants must create a work of art made of at least 50 percent leather. The item may be flat, free standing, wearable, or functional. A first prize-winner will receive $2,000, second prize $1,500, third prize $1,000, and fourth prize $500. Scholarships are available to high school seniors attending any public, private, or religious school. Contact: T.L.C., 1400 Evernman Parkway, Fort Worth, Tex. 76140.

April 1--Essay contest: Entries are due for a national essay contest sponsored by Kaplan Educational Centers and Newsweek magazine. Ten winners will be selected by experts in college admissions and writing. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled in an accredited high school are eligible to submit a 500 word essay in response to the question “If you could change one aspect of your high school education so far, what would it be?"Essays must be submitted with an official entry form. Contact: Kaplan, (800) KAP-TEST.

April 3--Poster/essay contest: Entries are due for the 1995 Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 7-Eleven Poster and Essay Contest. The contest is open to students grades 1-12. The contest theme this year is “Take a Drive on the Safe Side--Steer Clear of Alcohol.” National first-place winners will receive a $1,000 savings bond and a trip to the awards ceremony next June in Dallas, Tex. National second-place winners will receive a $500 savings bond, and national third-place winners will receive a $250 savings bond. Contact: MADD National Office, (214) 744-6233.

April 15--Playwright contest: Entries are due for the 1995 Young Playwrights Program “Call for Scripts,” sponsored by Very Special Arts. Students ages 12 to 18 are invited to submit a play script that incorporates some aspect of disability. The young playwrights whose scripts are chosen will travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in final rehearsals and attend their plays’ production at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Contact: Y.P.P., V.S.A., Education Office, J.F.K.C.P.A., Washington, D.C. 20566; (202) 628-2800; TDD: (202) 737-0645.

* May 1--Music camp: Applications are due for scholarships offered by the National Federation of Music Clubs for instrumental and vocal students to attend sessions at the Stephen Collins Foster Music Camp at Eastern Kentucky University. The instrumental session will run June 18-30 and the vocal sessio June 24-30. Two awards of $250 each will be given to winning instrumentalists; two awards of $125 of each will go to voice students. The winners will be selected by tape or live audition. Contact: Robert W. Hartwell, S.C.F.M.C. Director, c/o E.K.U., Richmond, Ky. 40475; (606) 622-3161.

* May 15--Video contest: Entries are due for “Thoughts and Dreams,” a nationwide school video contest, sponsored by Videonics, a video-editing-equipment manufacturer, in Campbell, Calif. Middle and high schools are invited to participate by submitting a short (less than five minutes long) student-produced video. Ten schools will be awarded prizes, including a grand prize of $2,000 and a complete Videonics Editing Studio. Entries must be produced by students, although faculty mentoring is acceptable. Contact: Videonics, (800) 338-EDIT.


March 15-Solid-waste-education awards: Applications are due for the fifth annual Excellence in Solid Waste Education Awards program, sponsored by the Solid Waste Association of North America. The program recognizes extraordinary efforts in educating the public on solid-waste-related issues. Two categories of awards will be presented: one for K-12 curricula and one for public education programs. Contact: Michele Nebel Peake, P.O. Box 7219, Silver Spring, Md. 20910; (301) 585-2898 ext. 232.

March 15--Summer humanities seminars: The National Endowment for the Humanities’ division of fellowships and seminars is inviting applications for seminars on a variety of texts in the humanities for four, five, or six weeks during the summer of 1995. Full-time or regular part-time teachers of grades 7-12, at public, private, or parochial schools, as well as other K-12 school personnel, are encouraged to apply. All teachers selected to participate will be awarded stipends of $2,450, $2,825, or $3,200 each, depending on the length of the seminar. Contact: Public Information Office, N.E.H., 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20506; (202) 606-8400.

March 15--Summer language institute: The National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center is inviting applications for its 1995 summer “Teacher Partnership” institute, which provides professional development in teaching strategies for grades K-6. The institute will be held at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, July 17-27, 1995. Participants will be K-6 teachers and university methods professors. Contact: National K-12 F.L.R.C., 300 Pearson Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011; (515) 294-6699; fax: (515) 294-9914.

March 15--Summer language institute: The National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center is inviting applications for its 1995 summer “New Technologies in the Foreign Language Classroom” institute, which provides professional development in the use of technology in the foreign-language classroom. The institute will be held at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, August 11-18, 1995. Participants will be K-12 teachers. Contact: National K-12 F.L.R.C., 300 Pearson Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011; (515) 294-6699; fax: (515) 294-9914.

* April 3--Educator-exchange program: Applications are due for the “Hands Across the Water” summer-exchange program, sponsored by the Educational Information and Resource Center in Sewell, N.J. The participants travel to their exchange cities in groups of approximately 15 and spend two or three weeks living and working with a teacher or school administrator in one of the host countries, which include Australia, England, Japan, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Russia, and Sweden. The program is open to teachers of all grades and subjects, administrators, librarians, school nurses, guidance counselors, and school board members. Contact: E.I.R.C., Erik Mollenhauer, 606 Delsea Dr., Sewell, N.J. 08080; fax: (609) 582-4206.

April 12--Teacher contest: Entries are due for the 1995 Cable in the Classroom Innovation Awards sponsored by Colony Communications. The award offers a $500 savings bond to the most creative educators who enter classroom projects that use Cable in the Classroom programs as a supplementary teaching source. Contact: Colony Communications Inc., 20 Washington Place, P.O. Box 969, Providence, R.I. 02901-0969; (401) 277-7400.

* April 12--Technology: Applications are due for the “Pioneering Partners for Educational Technology” grant and scholarship program, sponsored by the Council of Great Lakes Governors and the GTE Corporation. Open to educator teams in Illnois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York State, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, the program is geared to teams that have used teamwork and technology in the classroom. Contact: Pioneering Partners/GTE Telephone Operations, (800) 537-0971, ext. 3888.

April 15--Summer institute: The National Gallery of Art is inviting applications for its 1995 Summer Institute.The seventh annual art enrichment program is open to teachers of all subjects and grade levels, as well as school administrators and principals. The program information about art and its cultural context and demonstrates techniques for teaching art in six-day sessions held at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. during July and August 1995. Contact: Teacher Institute, Education Division, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 20565; (202) 842-6261.

* May 24--Summer historical institute: Applications are due for the “Teaching With Historic Places” summer institute for teachers, sponsored by the National Park Service’s National Partnerships in Cultural Resources and Training Initiative and the National Conference on State Historic Preservation. The course is open to middle and high school teachers and curriculum specialists and will meet July 5-14 in Washington, D.C. Contact: T.W.H.P., National Register of Historic Places, N.P.S., P.O. Box 37127, Suite 250, Washington, D.C. 20013-7127; or call Marilyn Harper, (202) 343-9546.

May 31--Special Educator of the Year: Entries for the second annual Special Educator of the Year contest sponsored by the Edmark Corporation are due. The contest is designed to honor special educators who are using Edmark product’s to make a difference in the lives of their students and inspire other teachers with new ways to help students reach their full potential. The winner will receive a $2,000 gift certificate and the first and second runners-up will receive Edmark gift certificates in the amount of $1,000 and $500 respectively. Educators are asked to submit an official entry form along with a description of an innovative instructional program they have developed for one or more of their students. The instructional program must use at least one specified Edmark product and consist of activities or interactions designed to achieve a particular goal. Contact: Edmark; (800) 362-2890.

* Oct. 31--Foreign-language fellowships: The National Endowment for the Humanities is inviting applications for its 1996 summer fellowship program for K-12 foreign-language teachers. Stipends of $3,750 will be provided for six weeks’ study abroad. Applicants must have three years’ full-time teaching (K-12) experience; have had at least one-half of the teaching schedule in foreign languages during each of those years; be employed by a U.S. school or U.S. school abroad; and have the intent to teach foreign languages at least five more years. Former winners of the fellowships and teachers of English as a second language and bilingual education are not eligible. Contact: N.E.H. Fellowship Program for F.L. Teachers K-12, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London, Conn. 06320-4196; (203) 439-2282; fax: (203) 439-5341.


March 15--School software contest: Entries are due for the A+dvanced Learning System or A+LS software drawing sponsored by the American Education Corporation. The names of 25 schools will be drawn, and each will be awarded $10,500 worth of the company’s learning software. All entries must be on the school’s letterhead to be considered. Contact: A.E.C., 7605 North Broadway Extn., Oklahoma City, Okla. 73116; (800) 34APLUS.

* March 31--Poetry contest: Entries are due for the North American Open Poetry Contest, sponsored by the National Library of Poetry. The contest is open to everyone, and entry is free. Over 250 poets will be awarded $24,000 in prizes; every poem entered also has a chance to be published in a hardbound anthology. Entrants must enter one original poem of no more than 20 lines, any subject or style. Contact: N.L.P., 11419 Cronridge Dr., P.O. Box 704-1953, Owings Mills, Md. 21117.

A version of this article appeared in the March 08, 1995 edition of Education Week as Grants