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Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE): Cliff Weiss Essay Award
http://www.acteonline.org/essaycontest.aspx
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is sponsoring an essay contest in memory of former ACTE Senior Director of Communications, Cliff Weiss (1951-2004). This year, students will be asked to respond to the question, “How do you feel CTE prepares individuals, including yourself, for a future career?” Concrete examples of the student’s classroom, CTSO participation, and job training (if applicable) experiences as they relate to the student’s career exploration and preparation should be included. The essay should be a maximum of 1,200 words. Maximum award: $150 and publication in ACTE’s Techniques Magazine. Eligibility: secondary or postsecondary students enrolled in at least one career and technical education course. Deadline: March 9, 2012.

Caring Institute: 2012 Caring Awards
http://www.caring-institute.org/caringawards.html
The Caring Institute is accepting nominations for its annual Caring Awards. Nominees should exemplify caring and serve as worthy role models for others. Award criteria include length of service, scope and impact of work, challenges overcome, and imagination and innovation. Maximum award: All winners are honored at a special ceremony, and young adult winners receive funds for college. Eligibility: individuals 9-99 years old. Deadline: March 1, 2012.

George Washington University’s Youth Transition, Career, and Vocational Services: A Distance Education Master of Arts Program Financial Aid
http://gwired.gwu.edu/finaid-g/index.gw/Site_ID/44/Page_ID/30453/
George Washington University seeks applicants for the summer semester of its on-line Youth Transition, Career, and Vocational Services Master's degree program. The first course in the program's sequence, SPED 236: Introduction to Vocational, Career, and Transition Services, will be offered summer 2011, along with SPED 235: Employment Models for Individuals with Disabilities. Students are expected to register for at least 2 courses (6 credits) per semester. This will enable them to be eligible for a range of financial aid programs. For more information about the degree program, email Bridget Green at greenb@gwu.edu or Dr. Michael Ward at mjward@gwu.edu. Application deadline: April 15, 2012.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
http://www.barronprize.org/
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors young leaders who have focused on helping their communities and fellow beings and/or on protecting the health and sustainability of the environment. Maximum award: $2,500. Eligibility: youth 8-18. Deadline: April 30, 2012.

Humane Society of the United States: Education Mini-Grant
http://www.humanesociety.org/parents_educators/award/humane_education_mini_grant.html
The Humane Society of the United States is accepting applications for the 2012 Humane Education Mini-Grant, to fund innovative humane education opportunities in K-12 classrooms. Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility: all certified K-12 teachers in the U.S. Deadline: November 30, 2012.

Kohl’s Corporation: Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program
http://www.kohlscorporation.com/CommunityRelations/scholarship/index.asp
Kohl’s annually rewards young volunteers across the country for contributions to their communities. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: legal U.S. residents of a state in which a Kohl’s store is located, between the ages of 6 and 18 and not yet a high school graduate as of March 15, 2012. Deadline: March 15, 2012.

McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation Announces 2012-13 Academic Year Grants and Scholarships
http://www.mccartheydressman.org/
The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation, to cultivate the skills and creativity of K-12 educators and pioneering approaches to teaching, has announced a call for applications for its 2012-13 Academic Enrichment grants, Teacher Development grants, and Student Teaching scholarships. Deadline: April 15, 2012

Next Generation Learning Challenges Announces Wave III Funding Opportunities to Improve College Readiness and Completion
http://nextgenlearning.org/the-grants
Next Generation Learning Challenges is a collaborative, multi-year grant program aimed at increasing college readiness and completion through applied technology, particularly for low-income young adults. Wave III of NGLC funding was launched in October 2011, and focuses on the development of new blended learning models. The selection process involves two steps: An initial application and a longer, more detailed, full proposal from selected applicants. Initial applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 8, 2012.

What can YOU do?” Campaign for Disability Employment Announces Nationwide Video Contest
http://www.whatcanyoudocampaign.org/
The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is launching a “What can YOU do?” Video Contest to promote the talent and skills that people with disabilities bring to America’s workforce and economy. CDE is looking for creative, fun, compelling videos of all genres that reflect the diversity of skills that people with disabilities offer, challenge misconceptions about disability and employment, and/or highlight employers’ inclusive employment programs and practices. CDE will recognize winners in up to three categories (General Public, Youth and employer), and the public will be encouraged to select a People’s Choice winner. CDE is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and managed in collaboration with seven leading disability and business organization. Deadline for entry: March 30, 2012.

Youth Service America Invites Young Change-Makers to Apply for Disney Friends for change Grants
http://www.ysa.org/grants/disney-friends-change-grants
A program of Youth Service America and Disney, the Disney Friends for Change Grants program offers young change-makers in the United States funding to help make a lasting, positive change in their communities and the world. The program seeks to support volunteer projects serving a wide range of needs that highlight the creativity and commitment of young people working to meet the needs of others and that demonstrate how “even small actions can add up to big changes.” Youth between the ages of 5-18 in all fifty states and the District of Columbia are eligible to lead a project and apply for a $1,000 grant to fund it. (Applicants younger than 13 years of age must have an older person submit the application on their behalf.) Deadline: April 29, 2012

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