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January Opportunities & Events

January Opportunities & Events

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

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!

January 8: Submission deadline for the Farm to School Grant Program. This program provides assistance to eligible entities, through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools.

January 15: Entry deadline for OKCTE's Youth Writers Contest. Young writers of Oklahoma, grades 6-12, are encouraged to enter for a chance to have their work published in the OKCTE annual anthology and celebrated in an awards ceremony

January 17: Registration date set for the 2021 National Shakespeare Competition. High school students from across Oklahoma and Western Arkansas perform a 20-line monologue and a sonnet. The 1st place winner will receive participate in the Virtual National Competition and a $200 prize. The 2nd ($100) and 3rd place ($50) winners will also receive cash prizes. There is NO COST to participate.

January 19: Submission deadline for the Oklahoma Writing Project's yearly writing contest. There are middle school, high school and teacher divisions.

January 27: Application deadline for the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read. The program provides up to $15,000 in support of community-wide reading programs. In addition to funding, the program makes available training opportunities, digital resources, and outreach materials.

January 31: Submission deadline for the 30th Annual ODOT Trash Poster Contest. Students can show artistic, imaginative and creative talent with a positive and original poster/slogan design displaying solutions to Oklahoma’s litter problems. Winning designs will be incorporated in the 2022 ODOT calendar. Winning students and their teachers receive cash and funding for classroom art supplies.

February 3, 10, 17, 24: Dates set for OPSRC's free, virtual Code.org computer science fundamentals course for K-5 teachers. We'll give you fun and easy strategies to introduce computer science to your students.

February 1: Start date for submissions for the 2021 Sutton Art Award, which recognizes students who demonstrate the ability to communicate current conservation topics in compelling ways. The award is comprised of up to $20,000 in cash which will be distributed to winning student submissions and their instructors as determined by the selection committee.

February 21: Submission deadline for the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum's 20th annual student essay contest. Students in grades 5-12 are eligible to participate, and winners will be recognized at a ceremony in March 2021. A list of the winners and their essays will also be posted on the Memorial’s website..

Sarah Julian

Director, Communications

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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