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Scholarship List for Class of 2015

Scholarship

The Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition

Deadline: March 25, 2015 Entries received after that date will not be accepted.

Eligibility: Any student in grades 7 through 12 enrolled in school as of September 2014 may enter.

Regulations: Submit up to three haiku per student.

All haiku must be previously unpublished, original work, and not entered in any other contest or submitted elsewhere for publication. Please follow the guidelines carefully. Publication is defined as an appearance in a printed book, magazine, or journal (sold or given away), or in any online journal that presents edited periodic content. The appearance of poems in online discussion lists or personal websites is not considered publication. Judges will be asked to disqualify any haiku that they have seen before."

For more information, go to

http://www.hsa-haiku.org/virgilioawards/Virgilio-contest-guidelines.htm

"The National WWII Museum asks "How Do You Define a Hero?"

Due March 31, 2015, 5:00 pm.

The flag-raising on Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945 is one of the most famous moments of WWII. The six men who helped to raise the flag are often referred to as heroes. Out of the six men who raised the flag that day, only three survived until the end of the war. One of the surviving men, Cpl. Ira Hayes (Pima) was repeatedly asked by admirers if he considered himself to be a hero as a result of his wartime actions. Hayes replied, "How could I feel like a hero when only five men in my platoon of 45 survived, when only 27 men in my company of 250 managed to escape death or injury." This year, as the world remembers the 70th anniversary of this iconic event, The National WWII Museum asks students to think about what it means to be a hero.

For your essay, please address the following question: How do you define a hero? In your response, use WWII as a starting point and base your essay in part on America’s involvement in WWII. But don’t stop in the past. Use specific examples from your own experiences that support your ideas. This is NOT a research paper. Your essay will be judged foremost for its originality, clarity of expression, and adherence to contest theme, as well as its historical accuracy, grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Museum staff will read and evaluate entries.

Awards

First place: $1,000

Second place: $750

Third place: $500

Winning essays will be posted on The National WWII Museum’s website, along with honorable mentions.

For more information and to apply, go to

 

http://www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/education/for-students/essay-contests/high-school.html 

Don't Text and Drive $1,000 Scholarship

Deadline: September 30, 2015

You could just be 140 characters and a short essay away from $1,000! 

  Go to the following website to find out more:

http://www.digitalresponsibility.org/dont-text-and-drive-scholarship

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Scholarship

Deadline is DECEMBER 31, 2015

 

"The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™ (officially recognized by the U.S. EPA) has engaged tens of thousands of young volunteers (kids, teens, and college-age youth) from around the world in environmental cleanup and conservation projects since 1999...The goals of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™ are to:

  • Elevate youth into leadership roles by engaging them in environmental cleanup and conservation projects,
  • Empower young people to rebuild the environmental and social well-being of our communities,
  • Improve local living conditions for both citizens and wildlife through education, activism, and action.

Here's how to become an official Apprentice Ecologist and be considered for a scholarship:

  1. Conduct your own environmental stewardship project in 2015 .
  2. Take a few digital photos of your project in action.
  3. Write an essay about your project and what it meant to you.
  4. Register and upload your favorite project photo along with your essay.

Examples of projects that other Apprentice Ecologists have completed in the past include:

  • Removing and recycling trash from a local park, river, beach, or other natural area
  • Planting native trees at a school, local park, or in a deforested area
  • Starting a community or school recycling/composting program
  • Protecting a terrestrial or aquatic area for native wildlife
  • Promoting the conservation of an endangered species or area
  • Educating others about wildlife or conservation issues
  • Removing graffiti from natural areas
  • Taking steps to prevent pollution/contamination locally
  • Removing nonnative vegetation so that native vegetation can flourish
  • Improving awareness about the importance of using renewable energy sources
  • Reducing soil erosion by maintaining established trails and closing off short-cuts
  • Assisting the elderly with their yards by planting/maintaining vegetation that provides native wildlife habitat
  • Building a rain garden that utilizes roof runoff to grow vegetation that provides native wildlife habitat"

For more information and to apply, go to

http://www.wildernessproject.org/volunteer_apprentice_ecologist.php

Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship

Deadline is February 20, 2016.

"Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $20,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Vegans are vegetarians who do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs.

One award of $10,000 and two awards of $5,000 will be given. Entries may only be sent by students graduating from high school in spring 2016. We will accept applications postmarked on or before February 20, 2016. Early submission is encouraged.

Applicants will be judged on having shown compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle. Payment will be made to the student's college (U.S. based only). Winners of the scholarships give permission to release their names to the media. Applications and essays become property of The Vegetarian Resource Group. We may ask finalists for more information. Scholarship winners are contacted by e-mail or telephone. Please look at your e-mail."

For more information or to apply, go to

http://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm

Redefine Disney Princesses $4,000 Scholarship

The Problem

From 2007 to 2012, only 30.8% of the speaking characters in the top 500 movies were women.

The Solution

Disney is making moves to empower their princesses (heeeey, Elsa!), and we're all for it. Promoting self-sufficient and complex female characters leads to other similar representations of women in media.

Use our template to join Disney's promotion of strong female characters on screen: create new, empowered princesses with unique traits and goals (that don't include finding a Prince Charming)."

For more information and to apply, go to

https://www.dosomething.org/campaigns/realprincess