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: 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: 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!
August 1: Opening date to apply for the Pets in the Classroom grant program that provides financial support to teachers to purchase and maintain small animals in the classroom.
August 6: Application deadline for Science Museum Oklahoma's apprentice program for students in grades 7-12. Students will experience the behind-the-scenes workings of a science museum while increasing science literacy, confidence and honing job skills. The program also helps students develop the soft skills they will need to succeed in the workplace, like problem-solving, leadership, working in teams and good communication in a fun, professional science museum environment.
August 6: Nomination deadline for the 2021 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes teachers across the nation who are best at engaging families in the educational process. School and community-based teachers who are exceptional at engaging families are eligible for nomination.
August 13: Application deadline for the FFC's Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF). This $7.17 billion program will help schools and libraries provide the tools and services their communities need for remote/hybrid learning. ECF will help provide relief to millions of students, school staff & library patrons and will help close the homework gap for students who currently lack necessary Internet access or the devices they need to connect to classrooms. For those eligible, the ECF program will cover reasonable costs of laptop and tablet computers, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers & broadband connectivity purchases for off-campus use by students, school staff & library patrons.
August 18: Entries for the NASA TechRise Student Challenge open. Students in 6th to 12th grade at a U.S. public, private or charter school next school year can team up with schoolmates and develop a research or technology experiment idea no larger than 4in x 4in x 8in. The winning ideas will win money to build their winning experiment, which will be put aboard a flight on a flight test vehicle!
August 23: Nomination deadline for the School Library Journal's Librarian/Teacher Collaboration Award to raise up and celebrate librarians and teachers teaming up to enhance learning.
August 31: Submission deadline for the AIAA Foundation Classroom Grant Program. Each application must have a clear STEAM connection with an emphasis on aerospace. Applicants must be a K-12 classroom teacher with funds that will be paid to the school, and applicants must be current AIAA Educator Associate members prior to receiving this grant (To join, please visit www.aiaa.org/educator/).
August 31: Application deadline for the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year program. To ensure every exceptional Oklahoma educator is eligible for this prestigious award, one teacher of the year winner from every school site in Oklahoma can submit an application for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.
September 13: Application deadline for the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Classroom Grants. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to eligible PK-12 public school classrooms and libraries for enhancement projects in the arts & humanities, science and literacy.
September 15: Application deadline for the Oklahoma Arts Council offers Classroom Supply Grants of up to $500 per site per school year. Teacher can use this funding to purchase supplies and materials for visual and performing arts instruction that takes place during the school day.
October 1: Application deadline for the 60th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). USSYP is limited to juniors and seniors who are currently serving in one of the specified student government offices. Each delegate (2 selected from each state) is awarded a $10,000 College Scholarship for undergraduate studies.
November 1: Submission deadline for the 2021 Congressional App Challenge. This challenge is transforming how Congress views computer science and STEM. Since the challenge was first announced, Congress’ mentions of computer science and coding have increased 2,000%!
December 15: Application deadline for the ALDI Smart Kids Program. These grants range from $100 to $5,000, and ALDI gift cards are provided to local community organizations that encourage kids to be active in the areas of education, physical activity, nutrition, socializing, and the arts.
The Oklahoma school finance picture is still cloudy with a continuing possibility of issues going forward. It is important to remember that as we move into the new fiscal year, we need to remember the lessons of the past year.
Passion! As educators, we know that some of our best lessons come from the most unexpected places, but we definitely have to have our ears and hearts open to absorb these great musings.