Grants, Contests & Awards: Looking for Funds to Make an Innovative Technology Project Possible? Seeking Recognition for Outstanding Teachers or Students in Your District? Here's a Sampling of Some Great Opportunities

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* Do you have a student who demonstrates leadership in making the world a better place through a project focused on protecting the environment, stopping violence, helping others, or similar service work? Teachers, librarians, and other civic leaders may nominate a young person between the ages of 8 and 18 for the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. Winners are given cash awards of $2,000 each. The deadline for nominations is May 31. Visit www.barronprize.org/criteria/ index, html for the nomination form and examples of past winners.

* The Brower Youth Awards recognize six young people between the ages of 13 and 22 who have shown outstanding leadership in the areas of environmental conservation, preservation, and restoration. Each award recipient wins a $3,000 cash prize, a trip to San Francisco (for the winner and a chaperone) to attend the awards ceremony, a three-day wilderness encounter in Yosemite National Park, and national recognition. Past winning projects have included an oil recycling program and a campaign to save a wetlands area. Application materials and other information are available at www.earthisland.org/bya. Entries are due June 1.

* Directors of local science fairs affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair may nominate winning student projects from grades 5-8 for the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge, sponsored by Science Service and Discovery Channel School. Four hundred semifinalists will be selected based on the scientific merit of the work and their ability to communicate about science. Forty finalists receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the competition finals. First place is a $15,000 scholarship; second place is a $7,500 scholarship; third place is a $3,750 scholarship; fourth through 40th places each receive $500 scholarships. …