Ongoing: Students aged 13-19 have the opportunity to submit their creative writing, art and photos to TeenInk Magazine. Click here for the full list of guidelines.
Ongoing: We are Teachers compiles a list of various grants and contests. Check back regularly!
Ongoing: The Sony Corporation focuses the majority of its charitable giving on arts, culture, technology and the environment, with a particular emphasis on education in each of those areas. While support in other areas may also be considered, the company seeks to apply its financial, technological and human resources to the encouragement of the creative, artistic, technical and scientific skills required of tomorrow's workforce. If your school has a program for which you would like to ask for financial assistance, click here for details on requirements.
Various: The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has a host of scholarship opportunities for high school students. Visit their Opportunities page to find ones that might be applicable to your students!
Various: Newspapers in Education has created a variety of student-focused contests. Students who enter into any of the contests will automatically be entered to receive a $250.00 Visa gift card.
Various: The Oklahoma State Dept. of Education has compiled a list of writing contests--state, national and international.
Ongoing: Check out the Oklahoma Education Needs/Donations Facebook group where teachers post their classroom needs, and a donor will ship the teacher's request straight to his or her school. Over the past two years, at least 500 teachers from all over Oklahoma have received donations, and there are now almost 30,000 group members!
April 1: Application deadline for the OKC Zoo's Living Classroom Grant Program, which helps schools create a monarch butterfly garden. Open to all schools in the OKC metro area.
April 5: Submission deadline for the "You Will Be Found" college essay writing challenge. 11th and 12th-grade students are invited to share their experiences for the chance to win a $10,000 college scholarship.
April 16: Nomination deadline for the Oklahoma Academic Scholars program, which recognizes the outstanding academic achievement of graduating seniors. Districts can now submit the names of high school seniors for the 2021 Oklahoma Academic Scholar Recognition Program through Single Sign-On.
April 22: Application deadline for the Smithsonian OurEcho Challenge. This is a STEM innovation competition that empowers U.S. middle school students to take a closer look at biodiversity in their communities then do something to protect it! 10 Finalist Teams will join EarthEcho for a live broadcast virtual celebration, where they will present their innovative ideas. The top 3 teams will be awarded grants of up to $5,000 to turn their projects into a reality.
April 28: Application deadline for the Fuel Up to Play 60 grant. Funding opportunities are available to any qualified K‐12 school enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60. Sponsored by the National Dairy Council, state and regional Dairy Councils and other supporting organizations, the competitive, nationwide funding program provides money up to $4,000 per year, per school to jump start healthy changes.
April 30: Submission deadline for the "Celebrate the West" art competition. Oklahoma students in grades 9-12 can earn cash prizes and have their artwork displayed as part of an online competition in conjunction with the WGA's annual meeting. First prize is $1,500, and each state winner will receive $200.
April 30: Submission deadline for the 2020 Sejong Writing Competition. The sijo is a Korean form of poetry, and middle school and high school students along with adults can enter this contest!
April 30: Submission deadline for the Pepsi Vending Machine Art contest. Think big and go wild for recycling! The Oklahoma City Zoo and Pepsi are calling on Oklahoma’s students, K-12, to participate in the contest for an opportunity to win prizes and have their original art design displayed on a Pepsi vending machine at the Zoo. Incorporating the contest theme, Go Wild for Recycling, students are asked to use their artistic talents to inspire others to recycle and contribute to a healthy environment.
May 20: Application deadline for Dollar General's Youth Literacy Grant. Schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations who help students that are below grade level or having trouble reading are eligible to apply.
June 2: Application deadline for the Misha Brahmbhatt Help Your Community Scholarship. This money will support one student in any field of study who is actively seeking to make the world a better place.
How are you preparing your school budget to address the downturn in Oklahoma's finances?
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Another valuable service to member districts: school bond support.