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December Opportunities & Events

December Opportunities & Events

A list of scholarships, contests, grants, events and other important opportunities for educators.

Ongoing: Edutopia's Big List of Educational Grants and Resources. This list is also updated weekly, so make sure you check back regularly for new additions.

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.

Ongoing: SparkFun welcomes makers of all ages & skill levels to apply to become a SparkFun Community Partner. Starting January 2017, SparkFun will award selected applicants on a monthly basis with a sponsorship package that meets the need of their club or organization. In exchange for support through the donation of hardware, expertise, or money, SparkFun’s community partners provide content for SparkFun’s channels to share their stories with the maker community at large.

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.

: 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!

December 3: Submission deadline for all Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence 2020 Academic All-State Scholarships and Medal for Excellence awards. Scholarships and educator awards totaling $125,000 will be presented at the foundation’s 34th annual Academic Awards Banquet on May 16, 2020, at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman. The event, which has been described as the “Academy Awards for public education in Oklahoma,” is attended by nearly 1,000 guests and is broadcast statewide on public television.

December 12: Submission deadline for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. One of the oldest competitions in the United States, the Scholastic Awards were founded in 1923. Students’ submissions are blindly judged by leaders in the visual and literary arts. Over $250,000 in scholarships are awarded each year. These are open to grades 7 – 12, age 13 years or older.

December 18: 
Submission deadline for the National Science Teachers Association Sylvia Shugrue Award, which honors one elementary school teacher who has established (or is establishing) an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based lesson plan. The lesson plan will fully reference sources of information and any relevant national science education standards and benchmarks found in the Atlas of Science Literacy. Maximum award is $1,000 and up to $500 to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education; the recipient of the award will be honored during the Awards Banquet at the NSTA Conference. Elementary school teachers (grades K-6) are eligible to apply; applicants must be a full-time teacher with a minimum of five years of experience.

December 31: Submission deadline for Walmart's 2019 local community grants, which range from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $5,000.

December 31: Entry deadline for 2020 Ag in the Classroom student contest.

December 31: Submission deadline for the LifeChanger of the Year annual program, which recognizes K-12 educators and school employees across the country. The grand prize is a $5,000 individual award and $5,000 donation to the district. For more information, click here.

January 9: Submission deadline for the Sutton Scholarship Award. The award is free to enter and open to Oklahoma high school students grades 9-12 (public, private or homeschool). In addition to the artwork, each student submits a 250-word essay that explains how his or her work communicates information about a current conservation issue.  Each submission is judged 2/3 on artwork and 1/3 on essay.

January 10: Submission deadline for the Book Creator competition for schools. Schools can win 5 Chromebook tablets and a whole slew of other prizes in this creative competition!

January 12: Submission deadline for the KOCO 5 Eskridge Auto Free Ride program. The winner of the Free Ride program will not only receive a brand new 2019 Honda Civic, but he or she will also win up to $25,000 in college scholarships.

January 15: Application deadline for the Law Day Writing Contest. Instill confidence and create a better understanding of law by encouraging your students to participate in the annual Oklahoma Bar Association's Law Day Writing Contest. Winners will receive cash prizes and statewide recognition for schools and teachers. The 2020 theme is "Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100." Get contest materials and resources here.

January 17: Application deadline for the Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship Program. This program assists high school seniors who have completed an advanced placement computer science course, or who have taken an advanced placement computer science test and plan to continue their education at an accredited four-year college or university majoring in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering or other computer related field of study.  Winners of the award receive $10,000 at an accredited four-year college or university as well as a paid summer internship at Amazon after their freshman year of college.

January 29: Application deadline for NEA Big Read programming. Up to $15,000 is available to support community-wide reading programs.In addition to funding, the program makes available training opportunities, digital resources, and outreach materials. Applicants choose from a diverse NEA Big Read library and organize activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibitions, lectures, and panel discussions.

January 30: Submission deadline for Funds for Teachers. These grants are available to all full time PreK-12 grade teachers who spend at least 50% of their time directly providing instruction to students. By the end of 2019-2020, the educator who applies must have at least three years' experience as a PreK-12 teacher. Individuals may apply for up to $5,000; teams may apply for up to $10,000.

January 31: Submission deadline for the Weokie Foundation's student scholarships. 25 graduating seniors will be awarded scholarships of $2,000 each for a total of $50,000!

February 5: The date set for World Read Aloud Day. It has become an opportunity for people all around the globe to celebrate the joy of reading aloud, and advocate for literacy as a fundamental human right that belongs to everyone. Over the last ten years, World Read Aloud Day has evolved into a global movement of millions of readers, writers, and listeners from communities all across the world coming together to honor the joy and power of reading and sharing stories, and continue expanding the definition and scope of global literacy. Learn more about it here and register to participate today!

March 1: Nomination deadline for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching. This year's awards will honor science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science teachers working in grades K-6.

May 1: Application deadline for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching. Any K-6 science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science teacher in grades K-6 can apply.

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Sarah serves as the Director of Communications for the OPSRC. In this role, she provides support, consultation and training on a variety of critical tools and PR functions, including communication plans, social media policies, crisis communications, media relations and website content.

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