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Patriots Pen Scholarship




The Patriot's Pen program is open to students in grades 6-8 (on the Nov. 1 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories.


Deadline: November 1, 2017

The award is $5,000

Students can ask a teacher or youth group leader to supervise their progress in the competition. Then students can contact a local participating VFW Post and establish a contact person who is a member of that Post or its Auxiliary.

Essays must be no less than 300 words and cannot exceed 400 words. They should be submitted to the Post, along with the completed Patriot's Pen entry form no later than the November 1 deadline.

The 2017-18 theme is:

America's Gift to My Generation


Knowledge of the theme is worth 30 points: You must show a thorough knowledge of the theme in your work. Demonstrate you have researched the issue extensively. Theme development is worth 35 points: Answer all relevant facts about the theme such as the who, what, where, when and why. Relate the theme to your own experiences.

Clarity of ideas is worth 35 points: Write your essay in an easy-to-understand format. Leave your reader with a clear understanding of your explanation of the theme.

Angela Award



Deadline: December 15, 2017

Program Summary

This award honors one female student in grades 5-8 who is exceptionally involved in and has a strong passion for STEM. The award has been established in honor of Gerry Wheeler and his outstanding dedication to NSTA and lifelong commitment to science education.

The awardee will be honored at the Teachers Awards Banquet at the NSTA National Conference. This award consists of a $1,000 US EE Savings Bond or Canada Savings Bond purchased for the equivalent issue price.


This award is open to any female student in grades 5 – 8, who is a resident of the United States, US Territories, or Canada, and is enrolled full time in public, private, or home school. NSTA employees, NSTA Board and Council members, award judges and their immediate families are not eligible to apply.

For questions, e-mail awards@nsta.org.

Letters About Literature


Deadlines are specific per state. Please see the above link for state deadlines. Virginia

Virginia Letters Due Date: December 9, 2017


Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. If you are in grades 4-12, you are eligible to enter the Letters About Literature reading and writing contest. Here are the Rules and Guidelines. Here is a Teaching Guide.

The Letters About Literature Teaching Guide provides activities teachers can use to guide their students through the book discussion and letter-writing process. The guide addresses the LAL teaching strategies and ways in which the program can dovetail with national standards for teaching reading and writing as well as Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Also included are worksheets for duplication and assessment checklists.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes


Deadline: The next application cycle will open January 2, 2018.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited, highly diverse young people from all across America. Each year, the Barron Prize honors twenty-five outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and our environment. The top ten winners each receive a $5,000 cash award to support their service work or higher education. The primary goal of the Prize is to shine the spotlight on these amazing young people so that their stories will inspire others.

Winners of the Barron Prize receive:

  • $5,000 to be applied to their higher education or to their service project

  • A recognition plaque a certificate of recognition a signed copy of The Hero's Trail, by Barron Prize founder T.A. Barron

  • A copy of Dream Big, our documentary film featuring several Barron Prize winners a heroes study guide, curriculum, and bibliography

  • The opportunity to be paired with an adult mentor who is passionate about and working in the winner's area of interest the opportunity to connect with other Barron Prize winners through the Young Heroes Listserve

  • Numerous media opportunities – print, television, and radio

Young Eco award


Deadline: Applications for 2018 run through February 28th, 2018.

The young eco award program recognizes the inspiring accomplishments of individual youth ages 8-16. They must be no more than 16 years of age as of the deadline date. Students whose personal actions and initiatives have significantly impacted the environment should apply. The award recipients are given up to $500 cash, and an award certificate. If you are a student involved in environmental activism, please apply as we have extended our deadline!

Courage in Student Journalism Awards


Deadline: Currently closed the deadline was last Emailed or postmarked by June 30, 2017

The Student Press Law Center sponsors several awards for those fighting for press freedom. The deadline to submit entries is in June of each year.


The Student Press Law Center, Center for Scholastic Journalism at Kent State University and the National Scholastic Press Association jointly sponsor the Courage in Student Journalism Awards.

The two awards recognize a middle or high school journalist and a media adviser or school administrator who have stood in support of the First Amendment. The student journalist and adviser or school administrator need not be from the same school.

The first award is presented to a student journalist who has shown determination, despite difficulty or resistance, in lawfully exercising his or her First Amendment press rights.

A second award is presented to a student media adviser or school administrator who has demonstrated support, under difficult circumstances, for the First Amendment press rights of his or her school's student media.

To enter: To nominate yourself or someone else, submit a written description (not to exceed 600 words) on how the nominee's circumstances