For Your Students
Following is a list of contests, scholarships, and internships for students organized by application deadline. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
*January 23. Digital Movies.
The Teen Digital Movie-Making Competition is designed to encourage students ages 13-19 to learn digital design and multimedia production by creating digital movie images on a computer. Organized by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and Meta Creations, a software company, the contest is open to teams of two junior or senior high school students sponsored by a junior high school, a high school, college, university, boys or girls club, teen advocacy group, or media center. Entrants create one-minute science fiction, western, action, or comedy movies using recommended software, desktop PCs, and video and audio clips supplied by the contest. Two teams from each grade category are chosen to debut their movies at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in March. For more information, contact: Kerry Glassburn, MetaCreations, 6303 Carpintria Ave., Carpintria, CA 93013; (805) 566-6296; e-mail [email protected].
*January 28. Peace.
The United States Institute of Peace announces the National Peace Essay Contest for students in grades 9-12. In this year's competition, students analyze two 20th-century conflicts and discuss how the countries involved handled war crimes or human rights violations. First-place winners from each state receive $750 college scholarships and compete for national awards of $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 for first, second, and third place, respectively. First-place state winners are also invited to attend an expenses-paid awards program in Washington, D.C., in June 1998. For more information, contact: United States Institute of Peace, 1550 M St. N.W., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005-1708; (202) 429-3854; www.usip.org/et.html.
January 30. Architecture Design.
The New Jersey Institute of Technology's School of Architecture sponsors the 1998 National Architecture Design Competition for High School Students. Participating students design a branch library for their hometown. The top prize is a five-year scholarship to NJIT's School of Architecture. Second prize is a five-year, half-tuition scholarship; four third-prize winners receive $250 cash awards. For more information, contact: Craig Konyk, Competition Coordinator, School of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University Heights, Newark, NJ 07102-1982; (201) 596-3080; fax (201) 596-8296; e-mail [email protected].
*January 30. National Honor Society.
National Honor Society chapters may nominate for scholarships two senior chapter members who have shown outstanding character, earned good grades, performed community service, and demonstrated strong leadership skills. Sponsored by the National Honor Society and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, this program awards 250 scholarships of $1,000 each. For more information, contact your local National Honor Society adviser or the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Department of Student Activities, 1904 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1537; (703) 860-0200; fax (703) 476-5432; e-mail [email protected].
January 31. Cultural Exchange.
EF Educational Tours offer the EF Ambassador Scholarship program to U.S. and Canadian students in grades 9-12. Scholarships include a 10-day, expenses-paid educational tour of Europe. For more information, contact: Ambassador Scholarship Program, EF Educational Tours, EF Center Boston, One Education St., Cambridge, MA 02141-1883; 800/637-8222; e-mail [email protected]; www.eftours.com.
*February 1. History Scholarship.
Graduating high school seniors planning a college major in American history are eligible for the American History Scholarship offered by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The award pays $2,000 each year for up to four years. Second-place awards of $1,000 each year for up to four years may also be given. Scholarships are awarded based on applications and the students' transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a 1,000-word statement outlining their plans. For an application, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 1776 D St. N.W., Washington, DC 20006-5303.
*February 1. Plastic.
The American Plastics Council, a trade association representing the U.S. plastics industry on resource-conservation issues, announces the National Plastics Reuse It Contest. School classes are encouraged to design creative and practical ways to reuse a plastic item. The contest has three categories: elementary school, junior high, and high school. The winning class in each category receives $1,000 for projects, class equipment, or other resources. Individual students may enter the contest by submitting 10 ways to reuse a plastic item. One individual winner receives $3,000, and 10 runners-up receive $250 each. The most unusual reuse idea is awarded $2,000. For more information, call the American Plastics Council at (800) 777-9500 or go to www.plasticresource.com.
*February 1. Use Less Stuff.
The ULS Report, a bi-monthly newsletter devoted to solving environmental problems related to packaging and solid waste, is sponsoring the Use Less Stuff Contest for children ages 6-12. Students are encouraged to enter waste-reduction ideas that they've used at home, school, or within their communities. A panel judges the entries based on originality, practicality, and waste-saving potential. Four regional finalists win Rollerblade in-line skates; one grand-prize winner receives a new bicycle. For more information, contact: The ULS Report, P.O. Box 130116, Ann Arbor, MI 48113; (313) 668-1690; fax (313) 930-0506; e-mail [email protected]; www.cygnus-group.com.
February 3. Technology.
Toshiba Corp., in conjunction with the National Science Teachers Association, seeks applicants for its Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards. Teams of three or four K-12 students submit descriptions of a form of technology as it might exist 20 years into the future. Each student on four first-place teams wins a $10,000 savings bond; students on the eight second-place teams win $5,000 savings bonds. The teacher-advisers of the 12 finalist teams win Toshiba equipment for their schools. Team members, parents, and advisers also win an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony. For more information, contact: Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201; (800) EXPLOR-9 or (703) 243-7100; e-mail [email protected]; www.nsta.org/programs/exploravision.shtml.
*February 15. Chemistry Scholarships.
The American Chemical Society Scholars Program invites African-American, Hispanic, and American Indian high school seniors to apply for scholarships of up to $2,500. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States and must demonstrate financial need. They also must be high achievers in chemistry or other chemical sciences, and they must intend to major in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, or a chemical-related science in preparation for a career in the chemical sciences or chemical technology. For more information, contact: the American Chemical Society at (800) 227-5558, ext. 6250, or go to www.acs.org.
—Julie Hope Kaufman