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Applications Available for 2012 Do Something Awards Honoring Young Social Change Activists
http://www.dosomething.org/programs/awards
Since 1996, the Do Something Awards have annually honored young social change volunteers, ages 25. Award winners receive a community grant, participation in a televised award ceremony, media coverage, and continued support from Do Something. In 2012, five winners will receive a minimum of $10,000 in community grants and scholarships. (Only winners 18 and under are eligible for a scholarship of $5,000 and a $5,000 community grant; winners between the ages of 19 and 25 receive their award in the form of a community grant.) One of the five winners will be selected as the grand-prize winner and receive a total of $100,000 in community grants paid directly to the nonprofit of his or her choice. Applicants must be age 25 or younger and be a United States or Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Deadline: March 1, 2012

Intel Foundation: Schools of Distinction
http://www.intel.com/about/corporateresponsibility/education/soda/index.htm
The Intel Foundation Schools of Distinction Program honors U.S. schools that have demonstrated excellence in math and science education. To be considered, schools must develop an environment and curricula that meet or exceed benchmarks, including national mathematics and science content standards. Maximum award: $25,000. Eligibility: middle and high schools in the U.S. Deadline: February 23, 2012.

National Association of Biology Teachers/ Vernier Software & Technology: Ecology/Environmental Science Teaching Award
http://www.nabt.org/Web sites/institution/index.php?p=132#award2
The Ecology/Environmental Teaching Award will be given to a secondary school teacher who has successfully developed and demonstrated an innovative approach in the teaching of ecology/environmental science and has carried his/her commitment to the environment into the community. Maximum award: $1,000 toward travel to the Professional Development Conference, and $500 of Vernier equipment. The recipient also receives a recognition plaque to be presented at the NABT Professional Development Conference, and a one-year complimentary NABT membership. Deadline: March 15, 2012.

Pathways Within Roads to Reading
http://www.pwirtr.org/annual_donation_prog.html
The Pathways Within Roads to Reading Initiative donates books to literacy programs in small and rural low-income communities. Maximum Award: 200 books appropriate for readers age 0 to young adult; English only. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations that run school, after-school, summer, community, day-care, and library reading and literacy programs; must have an annual operating budget of less than $95,000 (schools and libraries are exempt from this budget requirement) and be located in an underserved community with a population of less than 50,000. Deadline: March 30, 2012.

The Department of Education’s College Net Price Calculator Student Video Challenge
http://tinyurl.com/785emxx
The Department of Education’s College Net Price Calculator Student Video Challenge asks students with video skills to help the broaden public awareness of college net price calculators. A university’s or college’s net price calculator gives families a better sense of how much they would actually pay to attend a particular institution. Net price calculators allow prospective students to enter their financial information to find out what students with similar financial needs paid to attend the institution in the previous year and what grants or scholarships are available. The Video Challenge asks high school and college students to produce short videos highlighting why the calculators are a valuable resource. A panel of higher education stakeholders will judge the entries, and the top three contestants will each win a $1,500 cash prize. The winners will be announced this spring. Deadline for video submissions: January 31, 2012.

United States-Japan Foundation: Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award
http://www.us-jf.org/elginHeinz.html
The United States-Japan Foundation Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes exceptional teachers who further mutual understanding between Americans and Japanese. The award is presented annually to two pre-college teachers in two categories, humanities and Japanese language. Maximum award: $7,500 ($2,500 monetary award, $5,000 in project funds). Eligibility: current full-time K-12 classroom teachers of any relevant subject in the United States who have been teaching for at least five years. Deadline: February 1, 2012.

Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation: Christopher Columbus Awards
http://www.christophercolumbusawards.com/
The Christopher Columbus Awards Program combines science and technology with community problem-solving. Students work in teams with the help of an adult coach to identify an issue they care about and, using science and technology, work with experts, conduct research, and put their ideas to the test to develop an innovative solution. Maximum award: $25,000 Foundation Community Grant and an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World to attend the program's National Championship Week, plus a U.S. Savings Bond of $2,000 for each student team member. Eligibility: middle-school-age (grades 6-8) children; teams do not need to be affiliated with a school to enter. Deadline: February 6, 2012.

Disney’s Planet Challenge
http://disney.go.com/planetchallenge/
Disney’s Planet Challenge (DPC) is a project-based learning environmental competition for classrooms in the U.S. DPC teaches kids about science and conservation while empowering them to make a positive impact on their communities and planet. Maximum award: teacher, $6,000; classroom, $10,000. Eligibility: any classroom, grades 3-8, in a public or private school in the United States. (Second Grade classes can participate if in combination with a 3rd grade classroom.) Deadline: December 23, 2011.

EPA: Urban Waters Small Grants
http://www.epa.gov/urbanwaters/funding/
Urban Waters Small Grants fund research, studies, training, and demonstration projects that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities. The funding is part of the Urban Waters program of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which supports communities in their efforts to access, improve, and benefit from their urban waters and the surrounding land. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: states, local governments, territories, Indian Tribes, and possessions of the U.S. (including the District of Columbia), public and private universities and colleges, public or private nonprofit institutions, intertribal consortia, and interstate agencies. Deadline: January 23, 2012.

Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries Accepting Book Grant Applications From School Libraries
http://laurabushfoundation.unt.edu/
The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, a fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, seeks to promote love of reading by providing books and reading materials to the school libraries and students that most need them in the United States and its territories. Schools where a minimum of 50% of the student body qualifies for free or reduced-price lunches are eligible to apply for LBF regular grants. The foundation gives selection preference to schools in which 90% or more of the students receive free or reduced-price lunches. Grants of up to $6,000 are available to update, extend, and diversify libraries’ book and magazine collections. Only one application per school is allowed per year. Deadline: December 31, 2011.

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