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ASCD Invites Nominations for Outstanding Young Educators Award
ASCD recognizes the value of young professionals who make a positive difference in education every day. The Outstanding Young Educators Award (OYEA) program celebrates the next generation of teachers and administrators, under the age of 40, who demonstrate outstanding leadership. ASCD seeks candidates who exemplify a passion for excellence in educating the whole child; demonstrating leadership; improving student engagement, achievement, and learning; and contributing to the education profession. Deadline: 8/01/12.

Dow Jones News Fund: National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year
The Dow Jones News Fund National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year Program identifies outstanding high school journalism teachers who have done exemplary work in the previous academic year. Maximum award: The winning teacher addresses the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, American Society of News Editors, and college journalism educators. He or she receives a laptop, travel and lodging expenses, a per diem for substitute teacher fees, and writes a quarterly column for the Fund's newspaper, Adviser Update. The winner will attend a seminar at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. A senior student at the winning teacherís school will receive a $1,000 scholarship to study journalism based on his or her performance in a writing contest held at his or her school. Eligibility: teachers with at least three yearsí experience teaching journalism. Deadline: July 1, 2012.

Hispanic Heritage Foundation: Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards
The Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards promote young leaders who demonstrate success in the classroom and community in an effort to encourage other young people to use education as a vehicle for success. Maximum award: $1,000 educational grant to use for their college education or to fund a community service effort the student will plan, oversee and sustain; a laptop computer and paid trip to the National Youth Awards Ceremony (Location TBA). Eligibility: current high school juniors planning to enroll in college in 2013-2014 who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. of Hispanic/Latino descent (at least one parent) with a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or 7.5 (on a 10.0 scale), willing to travel at own cost to the awards ceremony in selected region. Deadline: July 6, 2012.

Kinder Morgan Foundation Education Grants
The Kinder Morgan Foundation Education Grants are directed to educational programs for youth in grades K-12. On average, grants range from $3,500-$5,000. Funding is provided to local, state, provincial and regional educational institutions, libraries and programs that provide ongoing support, such as Junior Achievement. The foundation also supports youth programs provided by local arts organizations, symphony orchestras, museums and others. Initial approach is to contact the foundation for application form, which is required. Program Areas: Arts, Community Involvement/Volunteerism, General Education, Library, Math, Reading, Science/Environment, Social Studies. Deadline: July 10, 2012.

Lois Lenski Covey Foundation: Grants for Books
The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation annually awards grants for purchasing books published for young people preschool through grade 8 to libraries or organizations that serve economically or socially at-risk children, have limited book budgets, and demonstrate real need. Maximum award: $3,000, specifically for book purchases. Eligibility: public libraries, school libraries, and non-traditional libraries operated by 501(c)3 agencies. Deadline: June 15, 2012.

NCTM: Improving Students' Understanding of Geometry Grants
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Improving Studentsí Understanding of Geometry grant is to develop activities that will enable students to better appreciate and understand some aspect of geometry that is consistent with the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics of NCTM. The project should include applications of geometry to art, literature, music, architecture, nature, or some other relevant area, and may integrate the use of technology into the teaching of geometry. Proposals must address: geometry content, the appropriateness of the application, the link between the Geometry Standard and the project's activities, and the anticipated impact on studentsí learning. Maximum award: $4,000. Eligibility: teachers preK-8 who are NCTM members as of October 15, 2012, or teach at a school with a preK-8 NCTM school membership as of October 15, 2012. Deadline: November 9, 2012.

Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation Offers Funding for Innovative Services to Benefit Underprivileged Youth
The Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation (RMYF) seeks to help underprivileged youth reach their full potential by supporting innovative youth-serving organizations. It foundation makes grants in the greater metropolitan areas of Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, Madison, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Its Innovation Grants program is designed to support untested, unusual, and otherwise unconventional services aimed at helping underprivileged youth. Applicants must have nonprofit status. The foundation gives preference to smaller nonprofit organizations with less than $1 million in annual revenue. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000. (Funds cannot be used to support organizational efforts not directly related to the innovative service.) Deadline: July 18, 2012.

State Farm Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grants
State Farm and Youth Service America are offering grants of up to $1,500 for programs that enhance student achievement through service-learning in K-12 public schools in the United States and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, and New Brunswick. The State Farm Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grant program is designed to engage participating teachers and students in a service and learning program that promotes academic achievement, improved student outcomes, and stronger communities. The program requires a 12-14 week Semester of Service starting on MLK Day (January 21, 2013) and ending on Global Youth Service Day (April 26-28, 2013). Youth Service America will offer a series of regional trainings in selected geographic locations to be determined by the locations of successful applicants. The regional trainings will introduce grantees to the elements and expectations of the program and present the suite of tools, resources, and support that YSA will provide. Attendance at one regional training is a required element of participation in the grant program. Each grant, valued at $1,500, includes the costs of the grantee's attendance at the regional training as well as up to $1,000 in grant funding for the grantee's program. Eligibility: applicant must be a resident of one of the fifty U.S. states or the District of Columbia or the three Canadian provinces of Alberta, New Brunswick, or Ontario; and a teacher, a school administrator, or a service-learning coordinator in a K-12 public school, or a staff member in a community-based organization working in a K-12 public school; must address a significant community need and connect community service to school-required academic standards, learning goals, and/or skills, include learning and service activities continuously over at least a 12-14 week period, and provide for the measuring and tracking of academic achievement for the students involved in the program. Deadline: July 31, 2012.

Youth Service America Invites Applications for 2013 Martin Luther King Day of Service Lead Organizers
Youth Service America and the Corporation for National and Community Service will award up to 16 grants of $40,000 to organizations working to coordinate Martin Luther King Day of Service (January 21, 2013) activities. The goal of the MLK Day Lead Organizers program is to engage youth and adult volunteers on Martin Luther King Day of Service by encouraging families, especially veterans and military families,- to serve together. Youth (between the ages of 5 and 25) and their families will focus on such pressing issues as education, health, environment, economic opportunity, and disaster relief. MLK Day may also provide a starting point for a semester of service and/or involvement in national days of service and other volunteer activities in 2013. The program is open to applicants from all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Lead organizers will be awarded grants of $4,000. Deadline: July 15, 2012.

Best Buy: Community Grants Program
Through the Community Grants Program, Best Buy teams across the United States select non-profit organizations that give teens access to opportunities through technology. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: non-profit organizations located within 50 miles of a Best Buy store or other facility that serve a diverse population in local or regional communities, build academic, leadership and life skills in early adolescents (primarily ages 13-17), and serve at-risk populations. Deadline: August 1, 2012.

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