Microsoft: DigiGirlz High Tech Camp | Deadline varies by location
Microsoft DigiGirlz High Tech Camp for girls works to dispel stereotypes of the high-tech industry. During the camp session, the girls listen to executive speakers, participate in technology tours and demonstrations, network, and learn through hands-on experience in workshops. This year camps will take place at various dates throughout the summer in San Diego, CA; Charlotte, NC; Fargo, ND; Redmond, WA; Las Colinas, TX; and St. Louis, MO. Maximum award: free attendance to camp. Eligibility: girls grades 9-11 in the 2012-2013 school year and at least age 13 at time of application. Deadline: varies by location.
Learn more: http://bit.ly/X8AFCo
Global Scholars Program | Deadline: May 15, 2013
The Global Scholars Programme (GSP) is a three-week, intensive, winter immersion experience for a select group of international secondary school students, which takes place on the African Leadership Academy campus in Johannesburg, South Africa, in July/August. GSP attracts some of the brightest, most dynamic young leaders from across the globe and emphasises exposure to community service, immersion in the local culture of South Africa through excursions, interaction with other young leaders from across the globe and the study of the African continent. Participants build lasting friendships with peers from all over the world, impact communities, and gain valuable leadership skills.
Learn more at: http://bit.ly/Y22Mqv
Popular Science/Delta Faucet | Deadline: May 30, 2013
Science Fair Popular Science has teamed up with Delta Faucet to host a nationwide contest for the best original science projects in the category of sustainability. Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility: elementary, middle school, high school, and college students.
Learn more: http://bit.ly/YzEiBz
EPA: Sense of Wonder Contest | Deadline, June 10, 2013
To honor the late preservationist and ecologist Rachel Carson, the EPA, Generations United, and the Rachel Carson Council, Inc., are holding a photo, essay, and poetry contest "that best expresses the Sense of Wonder that you feel for the sea, the night sky, forests, birds, wildlife, and all that is beautiful to your eyes." In her book The Sense of Wonder (written in the 1950s and published in a magazine in 1956), Carson used lyrical passages about the beauty of nature and the joy of helping children develop a sense of wonder and love of nature. Maximum award: publication on the websites of EPA Aging Initiative, Generations United, and Rachel Carson Council, Inc. Eligibility: entries must be joint projects involving a person under age 18 and a person age 50 or older.
Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/Gd19d
Teen Ink Contests | Deadlines: Rolling
Since 1989, the website/magazine/book publisher Teen Ink, has invited submssions from teen writers for inclusion in its magazine. It's a great opportunity to get your work published. Here are the current categories. Cover Art—Send your best photo or artwork and it could be published on the cover of Teen Ink magazine. Nonfiction—Two winners selected every month out of the following nonfiction sections: Nonfiction, Focus/Special Issue, College Essays, Heroes, Pride & Prejudice, Health, What Matters, and Sportsl Poetry—Are you the next Maya Angelou or e.e. cummings? Serious, funny, long or short - send us your poems today! One winner selected each month! Educator of the Year— Send your nominating essay today to recognize that amazing teacher in your life, and give him or her a chance to be in the spotlight. Fiction—Fairy tales, sci-fi, horror, romance - short stories galore! Entries of all kinds are accepted throughout the year. Winner selected twice yearly. Travel & Culture—Hiking in Yosemite. Strolling through Paris. Celebrating Chinese New Year. Describe your latest cultural adventures at home or abroad. Winners selected twice a year. Environment—Hybrid cars? Required recycling? Tell us about a problem facing the planet ... and abour your solutions and ideas. Winners selected annually. Community Service Awards—What do you do to make the world a better place? Tell us about it and win $100 for your favorite charity, plus a prize for you. Winners selected annually.
Learn more at: http://www.teenink.com/Contests
Pepsi Refresh Grants | Deadline: Monthly competition
Pepsi is looking for ideas from individuals, non-profits and pro-social businesses that can make a positive impact in the community. Ideas should be feasible and completed 12 months from the date you receive the first funds. Each month, up to $1.3 million will be awarded as follows: 2 Grants at the $250,000 level; 10 Grants at the $50,000 level; 10 Grants at the $25,000 level; and 10 Grants at the $5,000 level. Winning proposals are chosen by voters visiting the Pepsi Refresh website. Eligibility: any age.
Learn more at: http://www.refresheverything.com/index
WaysToHelp.org Grants | Deadline: Ongoing
WaysToHelp.org invites teens in the United States to apply for grants to fund their community service ideas across any one of 16 issue areas. You can apply for a grant, by visiting www.waystohelp.org and for any issue area, selecting "See Ways To Help" followed by "Apply for a Grant". Applications are short - just 5,000 words or less - and should summarize: how the project will involve others, who it will help, what effect it's expected to have, when it will start and how the funds will be used. Grant requests are reviewed and responded to on a monthly basis.
Learn more at: http://www.waystohelp.org
CSO Opportunity Scholar | Deadline: Rolling
Complete the Connect Now profile and become a CSO Opportunity Scholar. In addition to using this site to send you academic and extracurricular profiles to colleges and universities recruiting first-generation, low-income, and minority students, CSO's free services include monthly email newsletters, college admissions guidance and support, and the chance to win a $1,0000 Opportunity Scholarship and become a future Opportunity Scholars blogger at the end of your senionr year. Connect Now and the Opportunity Scholars program are completely free of charge.
Learn more at: http://csocollegecenter.org/connectnow.aspx
Do Something Seed Grants | Deadline: Rolling
Are you working to start a community action project or program? Do you need money to put your ideas into action? If you answered, "YES!", you are eligible to apply for a DoSomething Seed Grant. We give out a $500 Do Something Seed Grant every week to help young people just like YOU! Do Something Seed Grants are targeted towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started. These grants can be used to jump-start your program or to realize your ideas for the first time. These are grants for all types of community action projects around causes that you care about and are important in your community.
Learn more at: http://www.dosomething.org/grants/seedgrants
Do Something Growth Grants | Deadline: Rolling
Did you create a sustainable community action project, program or organization that you want to grow? Are you looking for funding to take your already successful project to the next level? If you answered "YES!", you are eligible to apply for a Do Something Growth Grant. We give out a $500 Do Something Growth Grant every week to help young people just like YOU! Do Something Growth Grants are targeted towards projects that are already developed and sustainable. These grants go towards the next steps of your project and organization to help you as you look to expand your project and grow your impact.
Learn more at: http://www.dosomething.org/grants/growthgrants
Scholastic Lexus Environmental Challenge | Deadline varies; see website.
The Scholastic Lexus Environmental Challenge program is designed to educate and empower students to take action to improve the environment. The program encourages middle and high school students to develop and implement environmental programs that positively impact their communities. Middle and high school teams comprised of 5 to 10 students and one teacher advisor are invited to participate in four initial challenges, each addressing a different environmental element -- land, water, air, and climate. Maximum Award: $75,000. Eligibility: students in grades 6-12 and their teachers. Deadline: varies.
Learn more at: http://www.scholastic.com/lexus
Mix It Up Grants | Deadline: Rolling
The Southern Poverty Law Center is accepting applications for its Mix It Up grants program to support on-going projects led and directed by youth (ages 13 years and older) that challenge the status quo, are creative in their approach to encouraging engagement in socially just behaviors, involve collaborations across social boundaries, and are fiscally responsible.
Maximum award: $500. Ages served: middle and high school.
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