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How can you find a contest that suits you?  It's easier than you think.  Use your favorite Internet search engine, and search on a couple words.  If you live in Alabama, and like taking pictures, you might search on  "contest 2011 photography Alabama."  Today, that search results in the Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest.  Perfect!  Or perhaps you'd prefer a national essay contest, but you're not sure what topic you'd like to write about.  I might search on "national essay contest."  In the first page of results, I've found National Peace Essay Contest, Holocaust Remembrance Project, and Idea of America among others.  Do you have some unique characteristic, talent or passion area?  Search for that uniqueness.

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IEA Gifted Resource Center Contest, Award & Scholarship Search Recommended
Academic Competitions Imagine, Vol. 7, No. 1
SET (Study of Exceptional Talent) competition list...
Academic Competitions for Gifted Students: A Resource Book for Teachers and Parents by Mary Tallent-Runnels and Ann Candler-Lotven
Lists available competitions, with focus on academics, characteristics of good competitions, and useful tips on selecting the right competitions make it unique and valuable. In addition, helps parents and teachers minimize problems and maximize benefits of academic competitions for gifted learners...
Competitions for Talented Kids: Win Scholarships, Big Prize Money, And Recognition by Frances A. Karnes and Tracy L. Riley
Comprehensive up-to-date listing of national competitions available for students...
NASSP National Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities
National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) through its National Committee on Student Contests and Activities
NHS and NJHS Student Contests and Activities and NHS and NJHS Scholarship and Awards
National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society

Contests, Awards, Scholarships

ACM - ICPC International Collegiate Programming Contest
International programming contest for college students!
Amazing Kids
Website dedicated to inspiring excellence in children, by uncovering the potential within each child providing them with the tools to nurture their unique talents, including access to a mentor, and inspiring them to pursue excellence in their endeavors and to become lifelong achievers.  Includes Amazing Kids! of the Month program, and "My Amazing Future" essay contest...
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
An international competition seeking the next popular novel. Beginning in 2010, the competition will award two grand prizes: one for General Fiction and one for Young Adult Fiction. The competition is open to unpublished and previously self-published novels waiting to be discovered. Each winner will receive a publishing contract with Penguin, which includes a $15,000 advance. Watch for next year's contest!
American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Program
open to high school seniors in the United States who plan to further their education at a college/university or certified trade school in the United States. You must be a high school senior during the 2006-2007 school year who will attend a college/university or trade school in the United States starting with the fall 2007 semester.  Read the "Fire Sprinkler Essay" (approximately 3000 words) about automatic fire sprinklers and take a ten-question multiple-choice test!
American Foreign Service National High School Essay Contest
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wants to know what YOU THINK about the role of the Foreign Service and its members in today's world! All students in grades nine through 12 attending a public, private, parochial school, home school or participating in a high school correspondence program in any of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territories, or, if they are U.S. citizens attending schools overseas, are eligible
American Mathematics Contests
Middle school (AMC 8 for grades 6 - 8) and high school tests (AMC 10), preliminary to the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad and International Mathematical Olympiad (registration through October for November testing)
American Regions Mathematics League (ARML)
Annual national mathematics competition. High school students form teams of 15 to represent their city, state, county or school and compete against the best in the from the United States and Canada...
Ayn Rand Essay Contests
Annual essay contests for a variety of levels: Anthem essay contest for 9th and 10th graders, on Ayn Rand’s novel Anthem; The Fountainhead essay contest for 11th and 12th graders, on Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead; Atlas Shrugged essay contest for college students, on Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged
Banking on Youth
Are you a leader? An entrepreneur? A creator? A changemaker? If you answered yes to any of these, you are invited to participate in an opportunity to bring your dreams to life! If you are age 13-20, show us your venture idea through a creative and fun 90-second video and entry form to compete to win one of 49 different $1,000 seed money prizes...
Beans for Brains Scholarship Program!
A merit-based scholarship open to all undergraduate, graduate or professional school students attending an accredited institution in the fall of this year. Applicants must know how to knit or crochet, must provide an original pattern or a photo of a recent project from Vogue Knitting, and must be ok with us publishing their photo in a future issue of Vogue Knitting Magazine (you'll be famous!)
Big Universe Writing Contest
Take a look at the world around you. From the animals, to the plants and trees, to the weather and climate, and even outer space and the environment -- these are all parts of nature. Write a real or imaginary narrative, which includes some aspect of nature and the world around you. Your story can involve anything from a simple hike in the woods, to gardening, to the life cycle of a bumblebee. This is your chance to be as creative as you can!  Grades K-8, January 15 to February 28, 2013
Book Arts Bash An exhibition of literary arts
A writing contest for homeschooled authors, the Book Arts Bash celebrates untrammeled creativity, and promotes the integration of writing across the curriculum. We put homeschooled students' best work on the desks of literary agents, best-selling authors, and other industry professionals, to encourage young writers and connect great minds. Prizes offered in 10 age groups across grades K-12. Next deadline January 1, 2012
Bridge Design Contest
Internet-based competition that provides middle school and high school students with a realistic, engaging introduction to engineering... and the free Bridge Designer software is addictive for adults, too!
Bubble Wrap Brand Competition for Young Inventors
Think outside the bubble!  Invent something novel with Bubble Wrap® brand cushioning... Sponsored by The National Museum of Education
Canadian Computing Competitions
All grades (registration by January for March preliminary and April finals contest)
Canadian Open Mathematics Competitions
9th, 10th and 11th grade tests, preliminary to the University of Waterloo Mathematics Contests Seminar (registration by November 20 for February testing)
Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship
This prestigious award for gifted 7th graders offers high school scholarship support, academic guidance and the opportunity to develop lifelong connections with a unique peer network.  Scholarship for High School ... Caroline D. Bradley Scholars receive a four-year high school scholarship that covers academic fees, including tuition and books.  Plus Guidance and a Peer Network...
Cricket Magazine Contests (14 or under)
Story, Poetry and Art contests throughout the year, with lots of opportunities to win!
Christopher Columbus Awards (middle school)
"We are challenging you to use your imagination and creativity to make your community a better place to live. We think you have what it takes to identify a problem, look into it, come up with an innovative solution, refine the solution...and have fun doing it!"
Collegiate Inventors Competition  
Encourages students to use their creativity, imagination and mechanical abilities, plus their science and technology background, to solve problems
Students conduct research about their local communities and then publish their findings on the World Wide Web. Recognition is given to schools for the best projects in each of eight categories: local leaders, businesses, community organizations, historical landmarks, environment, music, art, and local specialties
Davidson Fellows
To recognize outstanding achievements of young people who can demonstrate the development of their talents with a significant piece of work... currently available in Science, Technology, Mathematics, Humanities, and “Out of the Box”
Discovery Education/3M Young Scientist Challenge
The Young Scientist Challenge is designed to encourage the exploration of science among America’s youth and to promote the importance of science communication.  For students in grades 5 - 8, 2008 deadline is June 15th...
Do Good, Look Good at DoSomething.org
A competition for K-12 students to play around with the Google logo and see what new designs they come up with. This year we're inviting U.S. kids to join in the doodling fun, around the intriguing theme "What I Wish for the World"...
Doodle 4 Google
An annual competition for K-12 students in the U.S. and internationally to play around with the Google logo and see what new designs they come up with.  2012 theme (due March 30) is “If I could travel in time, I’d visit...”
Doors to Diplomacy
The U. S. Department of State sponsors the "Doors to Diplomacy" educational challenge to encourage middle school and high school students around the world to produce web projects that teach others about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy...
Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
Annual essay contest for undergraduate juniors and seniors, to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting you in today's complex world...
Erden Eruc Science on the Sea Competitions
Currently five competitions and drawings available to students in grades K-12 and college...  Sponsored by The National Museum of Education
a science competition that encourages K-12 students of all interest, skill and ability levels to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. It's a hands-on, minds-on project that inspires students and fuels imagination...
First Freedom Student Competition
A national essay contest, offering high-school students an opportunity to compete for cash awards, as they examine religious freedom, its history, current importance, and relevance in their lives...
Foundations for Life
Invites young people to reflect on specific quotations and express in their own words what their Foundations for Life are. The program enables students to think about the values that will guide them the rest of their lives, with the option of using a challenging and engaging composition activity that emphasizes a process approach to writing.  Divisions for high school, middle school and elementary school students.
Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
honors outstanding young people ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Barron Prize winners receive $2,000 to support their service work or higher education.  Nomination deadline is April 30th every year. To nominate or for more information, visit Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes or email ba_richman@barronprize.org
Google Science Fair
The competition is open to students aged 13 to 18 from around the world working on their own or in a team of two or three. Entries are due by early April; semi-finalists are announced in early May with final judging completed in late May.
Guardian Girls Going Places Scholarship Awards
National search to find girls ages 12-16 who are showing the potential today to excel tomorrow...
Guideposts Sweet 16 Scholarship Contest
True stories by real teen girls just like you. Now here’s your chance to write your own . . . and score a sweet chunk of change for your college fund! Prizes range from $500 to $16,000. (Christian magazine)
Holocaust Remembrance Project
National essay contest for high school students in the U.S. and Mexico
Huggable Heroes Kids Doing Their Part With Heart
Nominate a young person you know who's doing their part to make a difference in the world.  Each Huggable Hero will receive a $7,500 college scholarship and a $2,500 donation to their special 501(C)(3) cause, plus a camera and an exciting 2 day, 1 night trip to meet the other honorees and take part in a professional photo shoot!  Sponsored by Build-A-Bear Workshop
I Love Costa Rica’s Rain Forest! Young Travel Writers and Artists Contest Smart Poodle Publishing
Submit original stories and artwork featuring real or imaginary travel adventure set in the Costa Rican rainforest. Contest is open to USA residents in 3 grade level groups as of the contest deadline date November 30, 2009 (5K-1st grade; 2nd-3rd grade; or 4th-5th grade).
Idea of America We the People, National Endowment for the Humanities
Annual essay contest for high school juniors. 
iLiberty Essay Contest Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University
The iLiberty essay contest is open to all full time students OR anyone 25 years of age or younger
Institute for Global Environmental Studies (IGES)
Annual art, scholars, photo, and other student programs, for elementary, middle and high school students
Intel Science Talent Search
America's oldest and most highly regarded pre-college science contest.  Eligible students include high school seniors in the United States and territories, and American students attending school abroad
IAA Humans in Space Symposium International Youth Art Competition
Art competition demonstrating what we currently know about human space exploration, artistically expressed in any category: 2D art, 3D art, poetry, prose, digital video, musical composition. Ages 10-17
InventAGame Best Buy and Electronic Arts
Invent your own on-line electronic game, win a chance to have it published by Electronic Arts and win $10,000.  Open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. and U.S. territories and protectorates from ages 5 to 19, subject to parent/guardian consent...
IPP Puzzle Design Competition
to promote and recognize innovative new designs of mechanical puzzles
Jane Austen Society of North America Essay Contest
Seeking jargon-free writing and fresh approaches to Jane Austen
John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Write a compelling essay on the meaning of political courage, and to learn about and be inspired by America's elected officials, past or present, who have tried to make a difference in the world.  For high school students
Kids Are Authors
Kids Are Authors is an annual competition open to Grades K–8 and is designed to encourage students to use their reading, writing, and artistic skills to create their own books (Scholastic)
Kids Philosophy Slam 
An annual program designed to make philosophy fun and accessible to all kids in grades K—12, as well as to help promote critical thinking skills and encourage dialogue with other students and adults.  Each grade level has its own national winner, and the top four high school students debate the question at the national finals...
Kids' Science Challenge Pulse of the Planet
Students or groups in 3rd through 6th grade at a public, private, parochial, or home school located in one of the fifty states or D.C. may submit an experiment or problem for a participating scientist to solve.  The student or group judged to have the most original entry in each science category will be selected as a winner and will have the opportunity to work directly with a scientist...
Calling all builders!  K'NEXpert is searching for 10 kids, ages 5-12 (in three age groups) who love to build...
Knowledge Master
Knowledge Master empowers students to build a broad knowledge base while implementing higher cognitive skills and critical-thinking abilities, with 135,000 short-answer and multiple-choice questions referenced to 14,000 topics, covering virtually everything in a quality curriculum through the secondary level.  Also includes Knowledge Master Open and Knowledge Bowl Academic Events...
Laws of Life
The Laws of Life Essay Contest is special because the program emphasizes reflection and writing. The contest encourages students to think about the people and experiences that have helped to shape their values. It challenges them to take a stand for what they believe in. Unlike most essay contests, this contest doesn’t tell young people what to write about. There is no prescribed topic students have to address. They just have to write from the heart. Regional contests for all ages
LEGO® Smart™ Creativity Contest
Are You LEGO® Smart™? Being LEGO® Smart™ is more than building with LEGO bricks. It’s having the ability to work in teams, solve problems, and create solutions. It means understanding key science, technology, engineering, and math concepts – not just on paper, but through demonstration.
LEGO® Smart™ students don’t just know it, they do it! Open to K-12 educators and home educators, register for the year by July each year.
Lemelson-MIT Program's Invention Apprenticeship
Granted to an outstanding American high school student showing special achievement and promise in invention and innovation
Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams High School Invention Grants
Inspiring a new generation of inventors.  A national grants initiative to foster inventiveness among high school students. InvenTeams composed of high school students, teachers and mentors are asked to collaboratively identify a problem that they want to solve, research the problem, and then develop a prototype invention as an in-class or extracurricular project. Grants of up to $10,000 support each team's efforts. InvenTeams are encouraged to work with community partners, specifically the potential beneficiaries of their invention...
Lincoln & the Gettysburg Address "A New Birth of Freedom"
An essay contest for middle & high school students, deadline March 1, 2005. To commemorate the opening of the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois, on April 19, 2005, C-SPAN and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are asking students to read and consider the sentiments expressed in the Gettysburg Address. In the speech, Lincoln asked his audience to resolve that the country "...shall have a new birth of freedom...." Students are invited to write and submit an essay not to exceed 272 words (the same number of words in the Gettysburg Address) with their own thoughts about "a new birth of freedom" in the 21st century.
Let's Get Real
A competition and an opportunity for teams of students, grades 6 - 12, to gain experience working on real business problems (now nationwide!) No registration fee
Lucent Global Science Scholars Program
Recognizes and rewards students who have made significant achievements in math and science (U.S. high school seniors, or first year university students outside the U.S.)
Mandelbrot Competition 
The best round by round math contest in the United States. (At least according to a recent survey of its editors.) In a nutshell, here's why: the goal of the contest is to introduce high school students of all ability levels to accessible new topics in mathematics while providing stimulating, challenging problems to stretch the best students in the country (no calculus)...
7th and 8th grade, schools only (registration by November (late: January) for competition in February (local), March (state) and May (national)). There are lots of (free) interesting problems on the warm-ups, workouts, & stretches available on their problem-solving page
Math League Contests
4th grade to high school (registration varies by level)
MathMovesU Middle School Scholarship and Grant Program by Ratheon
"How does MATH put the action in your passion?" Based on a multimedia or paper submission, middle school students will be awarded camperships of up to $1,000 or scholarships of $1,000 and their schools will receive matching grants of $1,000 to be used for math-related programs... (January deadline)
Math Prize for Girls Inspiring Young Women to Become the Mathematical Leaders of Tomorrow
An annual math competition for high-school girls in the U.S. and Canada, the largest monetary math prize for girls in the world
Mensa Summer Reader Award Program
Children under the age of 18 read a segment of our list of books, while parent and child track the reading of the books.  When the child completes their reading list, he/she is honored with a certificate of achievement and a cool Mensa for Kids T-shirt!
Moody's Mega Math Challenge (M3 Challenge)
An applied mathematics competition for high school students. Winners receive scholarships totaling $80,000 for continuing education.  High school juniors and seniors in all New England and Mid-Atlantic states...
MTNA Music Teachers National Association Student Competitions
Students ages 11-26 in various categories, whose teachers are current members of MTNA...
NASA Student Launch Initiative (SLI)
Involves middle and high school students in designing, building and testing reusable rockets with associated scientific payloads. This unique hands-on experience allows students to demonstrate proof-of-concept for their designs and gives previously abstract concepts tangibility....
Nation Student Writing Contest
We're looking for original, thoughtful, provocative student voices to tell us what issue is of most concern to their generation.  Open to students at American high schools and to undergraduates at American colleges and universities
National Geographic Bee
Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge...
National Geographic International Photography Contest 
Submit up to six of your favorite photos, and you could win a digital SLR camera kit, a trip to Washington, D.C., or a feature spot in National Geographic magazine...
National History Day Contest
Students in grades 6-12 engage in discovery and interpretation of historical topics related to an annual theme. In the process, they hone their talents and produce creative and scholarly projects in the form of exhibits, documentaries, historical papers, or performances
National Marbles Tournament
The 86th annual National Marbles Tournament comes to Wildwood, NJ in June 2009. The "mibsters" (marble shooters) will compete for national honors, college scholarships and numerous prizes and awards...
National Peace Essay Contest
For high school students...
National Radon Poster Contest
Children ages 9-14 are eligible. They can be enrolled in a public, private, territorial, tribal, DoD or home school — or through a sponsoring club, such as an art, computer or science club; scouting organization; or 4-H club. WIN a Trip to Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the National Safety Council and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
NSCS and its partners offer a variety of scholarships to support members' undergraduate and graduate studies. Check back often as different opportunities are available throughout the year...
National Vocabulary Championship - Win with Words
Annual National Vocabulary Championship is open to all eligible students who are in grades 9-12 and between the ages of 13-19. Enter the competition by taking the In-School Qualifying Exam or the National Qualifying Exam...
NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing
Sponsored by Bank of America, the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing recognizes young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Awardees are selected for their demonstrated, outstanding aptitude and interest in information technology/computing; solid leadership ability; good academic history; and plans for post-secondary education...
Neuroscience for Kids Writing Contest
Students in grades K-12 are invited.  All poems, limericks and haiku must have at least 3 lines and cannot be longer than 10 lines. All material must have a neuroscience theme such as brain anatomy (a part of the brain), brain function (memory, language, emotions, movement, etc.), drug abuse or brain health (helmets, brain disorders, etc.)
Have your students ever created a newspaper of their own? Would they like to?
Next Vista Fall CUE 2010 Video Contest
A video contest asking students to create short videos creatively explaining any concept one might encounter in elementary, middle, or high school. In 60 seconds or less, your video should help a student understand some concept encountered in school: covalent bonds, adding fractions, haiku poetry, the Magna Carta, the difference between por and para in Spanish, or anything else for which you have a clever insight...
Noetic Learning Mathematics Contest
National semi-annual math contest for students in grades 2-8. Students compete independently against other students in the same grade level across the country. Top 10% students earn Honor Roll medals...
Online Math League
Math competition for students in grades 3-12. School teams, homeschool teams, and individuals are all eligible to join. Awards are given to high-scoring teams and individuals...
PAGE Global Blog Contest
Did you know? 250 million children worldwide do not have access to books. You can help change this story.

Peer Advocates for Global Education (PAGE) invites students from all over the world to participate in our Annual Blog Contest to celebrate the importance of education for all. The theme for the contest is Global Education. The 2014 deadline is 11 p.m. on Friday May 16. A winner from each age category will be selected to have their blog posted under their name in The Huffington Post!  (Students age 12-18 and all undergrads)
The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers
Recognizes outstanding young poets and is open to high school sophomores and juniors throughout the world. The contest winner receives a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers workshop. In addition, the winning poem and the poems of the two runners-up will be published in The Kenyon Review, one of the country’s most widely read literary magazines...
Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest
High school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. Schools in each state capital region will participate in classroom and schoolwide contests, advancing to state competitions next April...
PopSci/Instructables "Use It Again" Contest
In honor of our new How 2.0 group on Instructables—the place to be for the coolest step-by-step DIY guides on the Web—we're launching what will likely be the first of many contests. And we're definitely kicking things off right—the winner will bag a new Canon 8-megapixel digital SLR and have their project featured in the How 2.0 section of an upcoming issue of PopSci!!
Portraits of Learning
Photos, which may be submitted "as is" or manipulated using photo editing software, must be accompanied by a short description of how they reflect the theme of this year's contest: "My Personal Universe." Prizes will be awarded both to winning students and to their schools
Purple Comet! Math Meet
Free, on-line, international, team mathematics competition designed for middle and high school students. Problems provided in English, Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Arabic, Russian, Romanian, Polish, Hungarian, Korean, Turkish, Finnish, and Vietnamese; seeking volunteer translators for Japanese and other languages... Register Now! This year's meet runs April 17 through April 26, 2012
QuestBridge provides a single, internet-based meeting point which links exceptional students with colleges, scholarship providers, enrichment programs, employers, and organizations seeking students who have excelled despite obstacles. By facilitating these exchanges, QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation's best universities and the ranks of national leadership itself...
Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize sponsored by The Concord Review, Inc.
The $3,000 Emerson Prize is awarded annually to students published in The Concord Review during the previous year who have shown outstanding academic promise in history at the high school level...
Reader's Digest National Word Power Challenge
Curriculum-based vocabulary words are presented in context; clever categories and humorous multiple-choice answers keep students engaged and challenged.  For schools, grades 4 to 8.  Scholarships and more...
Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest
Enter a story that is written and illustrated by you! And… if you enter, you will get a certificate signed by the host of Reading Rainbow, LeVar Burton.  For Kindergarten, First, Second or Third graders...
Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors
Demonstrate their creativity and ingenuity by creating an invention that incorporates the use of rubber bands.  For studnets in grades 5 - 8.  Sponsored by The National Museum of Education
Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Recommended
Students in grades 7 - 12 in the U.S., U.S. Territories, U.S.-sponsored schools abroad, and Canadian students in equivalent grade levels, are eligible.  More than 600 Art awards and 300 writing awards are presented annually on the national level.  Winners may receive cash awards, scholarships, certificates, and publishing and exhibition opportunities...
Scholastic Kids Games & Contests
Various contests for kids in elementary grades
Scripps-Howard Spelling Bee
Including word lists and local competitions
SENG Kids’ Film Contest
The SENG Kids' Film Contest invites gifted youth to creatively share what it feels like to be gifted ... in two minutes or less! This is your chance to tell the world what it’s like to be you—in film! Make us feel your passions, your quirkiness, your challenges, your humor, your concerns, your hopes. Your only limits are your imagination and two minutes (or less)...
ShillerMath Rising Star Scholarship
Are you a registered Girl Scout?  Plan to graduate high school two years from now?  Plan to study college-level mathematics after high school graduation?  If so, apply for SchillerMath Rising Star Scholarships.  Together we are working to acknowledge outstanding performance and potential in math and the sciences by Girl Scouts, by awarding four scholarships and six runner-up prizes each year
Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement
For students, teachers and high schools, recognizing the outstanding work of students in AP science and mathematics courses.  In conjunction with College Board Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement.  Students must take all 7 AP exams by the end fo their junior year of high school...
Siemens Competition
Open to all senior high school students who would like to submit an original science and math research project. Enter as an individual (if you will be a senior in September), or as part of a team of two or three students...
Society of Professional Journalists High School Essay Contest
"Why free news media are important" An essay contest to increase high school student's knowledge and understanding of the importance of the Free Media to our lives.  All students enrolled in grades 9-12 in public, private and home schools
Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards
Honoring the best in student journalism, the awards offer 39 categories for print, radio, television, and online collegiate journalism. Entries are first judged on the regional level. Regional award winners will be honored at the spring regional conferences. First place regional winners are forwarded on to the national competition. National winners will be honored at the SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference in Washington, D.C. The contest closes in late January, and is open to anyone enrolled in a college or university and studying for an academic degree in the prior calendar year
STARFLEET Academy Scholarships
For active STARFLEET members who are attending community colleges, four-year colleges, most technical schools, junior colleges and universities or graduate school, including DeForest Kelley/Dr. Leonard McCoy Medical Scholarship, James Doohan/Montgomery Scott Engineering Scholarship, Patrick Stewart Scholarship for the Performing Arts, Gene Roddenberry Memorial Scholarship for Aspiring Writers, LeVar Burton Educational Scholarship, Marina Sirtis Veterinary Science Scholarship, Armin Shimmerman Scholarship for Profitable Business and others. Yes, these are real scholarships!
Summer Mathematics Research Training High School Camp (SMaRT)
Intensive learning environment in mathematics, learn not only useful mathematical facts, but also how to approach mathematical problems, prove mathematical statements, and write the results.  NSF supported two-week summer program at Texas A&M University, to facilitate interest in mathematics of advanced high school students, age 14-18, who are US citizens or permanent residents
Team America Rocketry Challenge
A national model rocket competition for U.S. high school and middle school students...
Annual international contest for students 12 - 19 years old, and a junior contest for grades 4-6
Toshiba / NSTA ExploraVision Awards  
ExploraVision is a science competition that encourages K – 12 students to create and explore visions of future technology.  Learn more... Brainstorming, Pick a mentor, Form a team, Entry process
A national toy design challenge for 5th-8th graders...
United States of America Mathematical Olympiad and International Mathematical Olympiad
U.S. and International competition, held annually in over 80 countries...
U.S. Presidential Scholars Program 
Eligibility: U.S. citizens, this year's high school graduates, with exceptional SAT or ACT scores in the last two years or be nominated by their Chief State School Officer (CSSO) based on outstanding scholarship, or Arts candidates who participate in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts' (NFAA) YoungArts™ nationwide talent search...
USA Computing Olympiad  
USACO supports pre-college computing around the world through computer programming competition, to qualify for the computer science equivalent of the Int'l Math Olympiad.  Click for excellent training materials...
USA Mathematical Talent Search NSA / CSS
Free (except for the cost of postage to mail student's solutions) mathematics competition open to all United States middle and high school students...
USA Science & Engineering Festival Kavli Science Video Contest
K-12 Students: Tell us why Science is Cool! Enter now for the USA Science & Engineering Festival Kavli Science Video Contest! Have your video screened on the National Mall, win prize money and possibly even a trip to the Expo in Washington D.C.!
We The People: the Citizen and the Constitution
Middle and high school teachers guide their students to compete at the local, state and national level...
WordMasters Challenge
National competition for students in grades 3-8 and 9-12, encourages growth in vocabulary and verbal reasoning...
A World Connected Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University
Promotes innovative thinking about how we can achieve a world that is peaceful, prosperous and free.  Annual essay contest for college students.  Fall 2006 topic: Foreign Aid and Development
World of Escher Contest
Tessellation is a combination of mathematics and artistic ability.  Do you have what it takes? Compete with entries from all over the world. See your work displayed on the Internet. Win prizes.  Each entry will be judged individually, and a winner will be announced. There will be prizes for each winner from our online store.  All winners will be included in our "Hall of Fame"
Wouldn't It Be Cool If...
Come up with a cool idea powered by math or science to make the world "more awesome" and to submit the idea for consideration. Teams have 2-3 members. All members of a team must fall within the same age group. The contest has two age groups: ages 10-12 and 13-15.  Deadline late March...
You CAN do the Rubik's Cube Tournament at the 2010 USA Science & Engineering Festival
Teams of eight, K-12 only, compete for the fastest time to collectively solve 25 Rubik's Cubes.  All public, private, religious, home schools, after school, and other “Not for Profit” community youth organizations in the Greater Washington DC area (including VA and MD) serving K-12 can participate...
Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) Competition
Offers college scholarship awards to high school juniors and seniors who conduct outstanding research projects that apply epidemiological methods of analysis to a health-related issue...

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