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!
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.
June 4: Submission deadline for New School Venture Fund's Racial Equity funding opportunity. Through this new effort, they will invest up to $1.5 million in innovators of color with bold ideas to advance racial equity in education.
June 13: Submission deadline for the Adobe/Netflix contest, The Great Untold. This is your chance to tell your story, your way. Is it a coming-of-age story, an overcoming-the-odds one, a feel-good saga or an existential journey? Educators, students or anyone over 13 in the US can submit.
June 15: Submission deadline for Marathon Oil's new grant program – Unconventional Thinking in Teaching – to recognize outstanding educators in the communities where we live and work. Teachers can apply or be nominated by members of their community to receive a $2,500 to $5,000 grant to support the purchase of classroom resources, such as books, activity/lab materials and technology or personal professional development.
August 1: Application deadline for the American Honda Foundation’s Youth Education Grants, which fund youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.
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.
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.
Being neighborly costs nothing, but its value is beyond calculation. As I headed to the land of “Snowmegaddon” this past week to help my daughter with our 9-month old granddaughter, I witnessed many acts of random kindness as neighbors shoveled sidewalks and strangers gave up their airplane seats so parents & children could sit together.
A collection of Oklahoma education-related news of the week.