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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: essayaynrand.org; Web site: www.anynrand.org/contests.
April 15—Rural schools: Applications are due for the National Rural Education Association Foundation Essay Contest, open to students in grades 3-12 who attend rural schools. The essays must answer the question: "Who in my community has done the most for rural education or my rural school?" Essays will be judged on originality, focus, mechanics, and overall quality. The winning elementary student receives will $250; the top middle school and high school entries will win $500 each. The association will accept a maximum of five entries per school. Contact: Joe Newlin, Executive Director, NREA Headquarters, Room 246, Education Building, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1588; (970) 491-7022; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: www.nrea.colostate.edu.
*April 30—Art: Entries are due for college scholarships sponsored by TurboGrad.com, a World Wide Web site featuring online SAT-preparation courses, college-matching services, and financial-aid information. One college-bound high school senior will be chosen in a random drawing to receive a $2,000 scholarship. Entrants should register at www.TurboGrad.com. Contact: TurboGrad.com, 2 N. First St., San Jose, CA 95113-1224.
*April 30—Drug and alcohol prevention: Applications are due for the NO-ADdiction campaign essay contest, open to students in grades 9-12 and sponsored by the NO-Addiction nonprofit initiative to prevent drug and alcohol use among students. Students will write up to 300 words explaining why they have chosen not to use drugs or alcohol and what they have done to further prevention efforts in their schools or communities. Participating schools will hold competitions and select one essay each for national judging. Ten students will receive $1,000 each from the NO-ADdiction Scholarship Fund for postsecondary education; one school will receive $5,000 for its efforts in drug and alcohol prevention. Contact: NO-ADdiction Campaign, PO Box 4628, Miami Lakes, FL 33014-0628; (800) 662-3342; e-mail: [email protected].
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, GRANTS, AND AWARDS
*April 14—Popular music: Applications are due for scholarships to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's institute on teaching using popular music. The museum and Cuyahoga Community College sponsor the one-week summer program in Cleveland in conjunction with the AT&T Learning Network. It is open to secondary-level social studies, English, and music teachers and offers graduate credit. A limited number of scholarships are available. Contact: Emily Davidson, Education Programs Manager, RRHFM, 1 Key Plaza, Cleveland, OH 44114-1022, (216) 515-1234; [email protected].
*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.
*June 30—Technology: Applications are due for grants from Wolfram Research Inc., the producer of the software program Mathematica, to support K-12 teachers who use Mathematica to develop computer-based classroom materials. Recipients will receive Mathematica training at Wolfram Research's corporate headquarters in Champaign, Ill., copies of Mathematica software for their schools, and technical support. The number of grant recipients varies. Contact: (800) 441-MATH, ext. 703; e-mail: [email protected]; www.wolfram.com/company/progr ams/hsgp.
*July 15—Volunteerism: Applications are due for the second annual Nickelodeon Bright Orange Teacher Contest, open to teachers of grades 1-8 and sponsored by the Nickelodeon cable-television channel. Applicants must submit lesson plans that incorporate the Nickelodeon child-volunteer initiative "The Big Help." The winning teaching will receive $5,000, a computer for personal use, and on-air recognition; his or her school will receive a computer, school supplies, and a television and VCR. Contact: Nickelodeon, PO Box 979, New York NY 10108; Web site: www.teachers.nick.com.
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.
*April 7—Citizenship: Proposals are due for the Partners in Education Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's bureau of education and cultural affairs. Winning host sites will each receive a grant of up to $25,850 to host internships in citizenship education for eight to 12 educators from the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union. Contact: William Morse, American Council for International Education, 1776 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 833-7522; fax: (202) 872-9178; [email protected].
*May 1—Student journalism: Applications are due for a contest sponsored by Time for Kids, a division Time magazine, to find a young representative to attend the Democratic and Republican national conventions this summer. An applicant must be 13 years old or younger as of July 21 and submit a 500-word essay on why he or she is the best candidate to represent children at the conventions. Contact:, TFK, Time and Life Building, 25th Floor, Rockefeller Center, New York, NY 10020; www.timeforkids.com.
*May 1—Urban education: Submissions are due for the fall edition of Narratives, a publication of the Learning Communities Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to equitable school improvements. The publication is composed of first-person commentaries on growth and change in urban districts, and is printed in both English and Spanish. Contact: Janice Garthrite, LCN, 1422 Euclid Ave., Suite 1668, Cleveland, OH 44115-2001; (216) 575-7535; e-mail: [email protected].
*May 31—Library security: Applications are due for the 3M Salute to Schools Program, which provides $1 million in detection systems to school libraries, sponsored by the 3M Foundation, an arm of the 3M manufacturing company, and the American Association of School Librarians. Middle schools and high schools are eligible to apply for the security systems. Contact: AASL; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4383; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: www.3M.com/library.
*June 30—Math and science: Applications are due for the Digital Age Math and Science Teaching Grants, from MathSoft Inc., an education software developer. The grants are available to educators and schools that would use the MathSoft StudyWorks software and materials. Applicants must submit a proposal of at least 1,000 words detailing how they would use StudyWorks in their 7th to 12th grade classrooms. Schools sponsoring winning teachers receive 25 copies each of StudyWorks Mathematics Deluxe and Science programs. Winning educators qualify for a $200 stipend each toward the cost of attending math, science, or technology conferences. Applications also will be reviewed after Sept. 30. Contact: MS Inc., 101 Main St., Cambridge, MA 02142; (617) 577-1017; fax (617) 577-8829; e-mail [email protected]; www.mathsoft.com/studyworks.
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