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Sept. 1--Music education initiative: Proposals are due for the 1998 American Music Education Initiative, sponsored by the National Music Foundation. The foundation invites K-12 teachers of all subjects in public or private schools to submit lessons that teach or use American music. One goal of the initiative is to provide a collection of lessons about American music that teachers can use. Teachers whose lessons are selected will be awarded grants of $500 to $1,000 each. Contact: Gene C. Wenner, Education Coordinator, NMF, 70 Kemble St., Lenox, MA 01240; (413) 637-1800; e-mail: [email protected].


June 30--Science awards: Essays are due for the second annual Infusium 23 Women in Science Awards, sponsored by the national hair-care brand Infusium 23. The contest is open to high school girls who want to pursue a career in science. Grants of $1,000 will be given to 23 students to use for college, summer classes, or extracurricular activities. Applicants should provide a statement or essay including: what career in science they want to pursue and why, extracurricular activities demonstrating career commitment, and the person or persons who have influenced their career choice and why. Contact: Infusium 23 Women in Science Awards, 40 W. 57th St., 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10019.

*Sept. 30--Doodling contest: Entries are due for the 1998 Pencil Doodle Contest, sponsored by the Incense Cedar Institute. The theme is "My Cedar Pencil on Vacation"; students in grades 2-8 are asked to submit doodled pictures about a pencil's summer vacation. The grand prize for each grade level is a year's supply of Incense Cedar pencils, a contest T-shirt, and $100. Contact: Tim Bader; (206) 270-4670; e-mail: [email protected].


July 1--Journalism awards: Applications are due for the National High School Journalism Teacher Awards Program, sponsored by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Inc. The program will identify outstanding high school journalism teachers with at least three years' experience who have done exemplary work in the 1997-98 academic year. The DJNF will select one "teacher of the year," four "distinguished advisers," and several "special recognition" advisers. The teacher of the year will write a quarterly column for the DJNF's newsletter, Adviser Update. Contact: DJNF, P.O. Box 300, Princeton, NJ 08543-0300; (609) 452-2820.

*Sept. 15--Math and reading awards: Nominations are due for the Cuisenaire/Dale Seymour Publications Outstanding Math Teacher Award and the Celebration Press/Good Year Books Outstanding Reading Teacher Award, sponsored by the Addison Wesley Longman Supplementary Division. The first award will honor mathematics teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools who stimulate students to think, reason, and communicate mathematically. The second award will recognize elementary teachers who inspire children to excel in reading. One winner from each state will be selected by the companies' representatives. State winners will then compete for national awards. Contact: Teacher Awards, 615 Franklin Turnpike, Suite 1, Ridgewood, NJ 07450-1929; (201) 445-7606; fax: (201) 444-2048; e-mail: [email protected].


*June 30--Adultliteracy: Nominations are due for the annual Patricia Crail Brown Award, sponsored by Laubach Literacy. The award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to adult literacy as a volunteer, and whose work has had an impact at the local, state, or national level. A $5,000 grant will be awarded to the literacy program that nominates the winning entry. Contact: Margot Dimond or Erica Vesp, LL, 1320 Jamesville Ave., Box 131, Syracuse, NY 13210; (315) 422-9121; fax: (315) 422-6369.

*July 15--Community education: Nominations are due for the 1998 NCEA National Awards, sponsored by the National Community Education Association. The annual award acknowledges outstanding contributions from individuals and organizations in community education. There are seven categories: distinguished service; professional service; citizen leadership; outstanding organization; multicultural leadership and involvement; state association leadership; and youth leadership. Nominations must be made by a current member of the ncea, but not by the nominee. Contact: Germaine Hillmer, NCEA; (414) 968-6300, ext. 304; fax: (414) 968-6390; e-mail: [email protected].

Aug. 31--Math and science education: Applications are due for the annual TAP America Award, sponsored by the Electronic Industries Foundation. The grant program recognizes a project developed by a school and an electronics company working together to help teach children the importance of math and science in the real world. Eligible projects must involve at least one member company of the Electronic Industries Association; target students in grades 5-8 who are isolated from resources that enrich the math or science curriculum by socioeconomic or geographic factors; link a specific math or science topic to a real-life situation; and make innovative use of the company's technological resources and staff. The winning project's school will receive a $10,000 grant. Contact: TAP America Award, EIF, 2500 Wilson Blvd., Suite 210, Arlington, VA 22201-3834; (703) 907-7414; fax: Attn: TAP, (703) 907-7401; e-mail: [email protected].

Oct. 21--Dissertation fellowships: Applications are due for the 1999 Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowships for Research Related to Education, sponsored by the Spencer Foundation. The grants seek to encourage scholars from a variety of fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. Applicants may be candidates for the doctoral degree in any field of study, but their dissertation topics must concern education. Thirty nonrenewable fellowships of $20,000 each are available; the dissertation work must be completed within two years. Contact: Spencer Dissertation Fellowships, SF, 900 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2800, Chicago, IL 60611-1542; (312) 337-7000; Web site:

Oct. 23--International education: Applications are due for the Fulbright Grants, sponsored by the U.S. Information Agency, the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, and the Institute of International Education. The grants are for graduate study or research abroad in academic fields and for professional training in the creative and performing arts. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent by the beginning date of the grant. All applicants are required to have sufficient proficiency in the language of the host country to carry out their proposed study or research. Contact: U.S. Student Programs Division, IIE, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017; (212) 984-5330; Web site:

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