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STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
*March 16—Weather: Entries are due for the Weather Classroom Indoor Weather Challenge, a national scholarship contest sponsored by the Weather Channel and Carrier Corporation, a heating a cooling company. Teams of two to five students in grades 6-9 will each submit a proposal for a study of energy efficiency and indoor-air quality in houses, schools, or other buildings. Five $5,000 U.S. Savings Bonds will be awarded. Contact: WCIWC, PO Box 9, Powder Springs, GA 30127.
March 31—News writing: Submissions are due for the "News of the Century" contest, sponsored by Copernicus Interactive, and USA Today Education, in which students are asked to write a newspaper that covers all of the major events of last 100 years. Entries will posted on-line and winning entries will be included in a special publication. Contact: Andrew Edson, Rivkin & Associates, (212) 213-718; Web site: education.usatoday.com.
*April 1—Minority scholarships: Applications are due for Student Opportunity Scholarships, sponsored by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), for Asian-American, African-American, Hispanic, and Native American students. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, members of the Presbyterian Church, and college-bound high school seniors. Awards are given on a first-come, first-served basis to students with demonstrated financial need. The number of awards depends on the number of applications; the value of the awards ranges from $100 to $1,400 per academic year, depending on the student’s need and available funds. Contact: Maria Alvarez, PCUSA, Financial Aid for Studies, 100 Witherspoon St., Louisville, KY 40202-1396; (502) 569-5760; e-mail [email protected]; Web site: www.pcusa.org/highered.
*April 1—Literature: Submissions are due for the Anthem Essay Contest, open to high school freshmen and sophomores, sponsored by the Ayn Rand Institute. Essays must run between 600 and 1,200 words and focus on one of three topics chosen by the institute about Ayn Rand’s novella Anthem. The top essayist will receive a $1,000 award. Ten second-prize winners will receive $200 each, and 20 third-prize will winners receive $100 each. Contact: AEC, ARI, PO Box 6099, Inglewood, CA 90312; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: www.anynrand.org/contests.
*April 15—Literature: Submissions are due for the Fountainhead Essay Contest, open to high school juniors and seniors, sponsored by the Ayn Rand Institute. Essays from 800 to 1,600 words in length must focus on one of three topics specified by the institute concerning Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead. One first-prize winner will receive a $10,000 award. Five second-prize winners will receive $2,000 each, and 10 third-prize winners will receive $1,000 each. Contact: FEC, ARI, PO Box 6099, Inglewood, CA 90312; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: www.anynrand.org/contests.
May 1—Food service: Applications are due for the National Restaurant Association’s undergraduate merit scholarship for high school seniors. Scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded to students who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 and a minimum of 250 hours of restaurant or food-service-related work. Contact: NRA, 250 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60606; (312) 715-1010; fax: (312) 715-1362; www.edfound.org.
June 31—Social responsibility: Submissions are due for the essay and art contest "What Do You Want That Money Can’t Buy?," sponsored by the Center for a New American Dream. Contestants, who must be 17 years old or younger by the deadline, will compete for two $1,000 scholarships. Contact: CNAD, 6930 Carroll Ave., Ste. 900, Takoma Park, MD 20912; (301) 891-3683; fax: (301) 891-3684; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: www.newdream.org.
TEACHER FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
March 15—Curriculum: Applications are due for the Excellence in Teaching Cabinet Grant, sponsored by Curriculum Associates. Winners will receive a $1,000 implementation grant for a submitted project, and up to $500 worth of Curriculum Associates materials. Contact: CA, PO Box 2001, North Billerica, MA01862; (978) 667-8000; fax: (978) 663-0521; e-mail: [email protected].
March 15—Geography: Applications are due to the National Geographic Society Education Foundation for approximately 30 grants of up to $1,250 each to support innovative geography education. Applicants must have graduated from summer geography institutes held by the National Geographic Society or a state geographic alliance. Contact: Christopher Shearer, Program Officer, NGSEF, 1145 17th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-4688; Web site: www.nationalgeogra phic.org/foundation.
March 22—Social studies: Applications are due to the Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education, created by the National Council for the Social Studies, for two grants that will be awarded to social studies teachers. The Demonstration Project award of up to $20,000 will support an innovative project focused on the theme: "Social Studies Standards: Are They Impacting Student Learning?" The $1,000 Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award will support a project designed by a social studies teacher. NCSS members who are currently teaching are eligible for both grants. Contact: FASSE Demonstration Projects Grant/Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award, NCSS, 3501 Newark St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840; Web site: www.ncss.org/awards/home.html .
April 1—Library science: Applications are due to the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, for financial assistance to those planning a career in children’s libraries. Two $6,000 Bound To Stay Bound Books Scholarships and two $6,000 Frederic G. Melcher Scholarships are available. Applicants must have been accepted to, but not yet begun, coursework toward a master’s or other advanced degree in library science, and must commit to work in the field for at least one year after graduation. Contact: ALSC or the Office for Human Resources Development, ALA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795; (312) 280-4281; e-mail [email protected], or [email protected]; www.ala.org.
April 15—Humanities: Applications are due for the Humanities Focus Grant, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant is designed to support groups of educators working to improve teaching and learning in the humanities. The maximum award is $25,000 and covers the cost of travel, materials, and administration. Schools, colleges, museums, and other nonprofit organizations may apply. Contact: Division of Research and Education Programs, NEH, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8380; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: www.neh.gov.
April 21—Language: Applications are due for the Richard Tucker Fellowship, sponsored by the Center for Applied Linguistics. The eight-week fellowship in Washington pays a $2,400 stipend and travel expenses of up to $1,000. Applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. or Canadian master’s or doctoral-degree program in a field relating to the study of language; they must also have completed the equivalent of at least one year of full-time graduate study. Priority is given to proposals focusing on language education or on language issues relating to minorities in the United States or Canada. Contact: Grace Burkart, CAL, 4646 40th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016; e-mail: [email protected].
*April 30—Graphic arts: Submissions are due for grant proposals for education projects in the graphic-communications field from the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation. Typical programs aim to teach students about graphic-arts technology and management, and grants of up to $2,500 are considered on a rolling basis. Contact: Meredith Bernatovich, GAERF, 1899 Preston White Drive, Reston, VA 20191-4367; (703) 264-7200; fax (703) 620-0994; e-mail [email protected].
*May 15—Lesson plans: Applications are due for 200 $2,500 grants from the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education and the shoe manufacturer Nike, sponsors of the Jordan Fundamentals Program. Grants are available to teachers and paraprofessionals who serve 6th to 12th graders and work in public schools in impoverished neighborhoods. Contact: JFP, NFIE, 1201 16th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-3207; (202) 822-7840; www.nfie.org.
Aug. 31—Technology: Applications are due for the SMARTer Kids Foundation Grants, to be used in the form of discounts on SMART products, a line of classroom materials. Grants must be used by Sept. 30 of this year. Contact: SMARTer Kids Foundation, 1177 11th Ave. S.W., Suite 600, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2R 1K9; (403) 228-8565; Web site: www.smarterkids.org.
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