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Discover Card, in cooperation with the American Association of School Administrators, offers student scholarships through its Discover Card Tribute Award Scholarship program. High school juniors who attend an accredited public or private school and have a grade point average of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) are eligible to apply. Up to nine state winners, including the District of Columbia, will receive $2,500 each. Up to nine national winners will receive $25,000 each. In addition to academic skill, successful applicants must also demonstrate accomplishment in three of the four following areas: Special Talents, Leadership, Community Service, or Obstacles Overcome. Applications and additional information can be found at Deadline for applications is January 9, 2004.

College-bound high school seniors whose parents teach at a U.S. public or private school are eligible to apply for a Horace Mann Scholarship through the Horace Mann Companies. One scholarship recipient will be awarded $10,000 in scholarship funds payable over four years; five recipients will receive $4,000 each in scholarship funds payable over four years; and 20 additional students will each receive onetime $1,000 awards. Scholarship winners will be selected based upon the quality of a written essay, as well as the student's school and community activities, high school transcript, and letters of recommendation. Financial need is not considered; however, applicants who have all educational expenses paid through other scholarships and/or grants are ineligible. Applications and additional information are available at Deadline for applications is February 12, 2004.

Now in its 12th year, Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association are once again sponsoring the ExploraVision contest for students. Open to U.S. and Canadian children in grades K-12, students work in teams of two to four to come up with ideas for future technologies and inventions. Teams begin by choosing and researching an existing technology, project 20 years into the future what this same technology might be like, and then convey their vision through writing and multimedia Web pages. Awards include Toshiba products, such as digital cameras and laptop computers, for the students and school. Members of the four first place teams each win a U.S. Series EE savings bond worth $10,000 at maturity; four second place winners receive U.S. Series EE savings bonds worth $5,000 at maturity. More information is available at Deadline for entries is February 3, 2004.

The 2004 Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Teachers program, sponsored by Toyota and the National Science Teachers Association, provides an opportunity for K-12 science teachers to apply for a minimum of $550,000 in grants. Fifty one-year grants of up to $10,000 each and a minimum of 20 "mini-grants" of $2,500 will be awarded to science teachers who propose innovative projects to enhance science education in one of three categories: Environmental Education, Literacy and Science Education, and Physical Science Applications. For guidelines, information, and tips on submitting proposals, or to download the proposal guidelines and application, visit the Toyota Tapestry Grants for Teachers Web page at The deadline for proposals is January 16, 2004.

The annual Hollingworth Award Competition, sponsored by the National Association for Gifted Children, encourages educational and psychological research studies that potentially benefit gifted and talented students. The award for a publishable research project is $2,500, paid in two installments. The first part of the award ($1,500) is paid upon award notification, with the second installment ($1,000) paid upon receipt of the final study report. The international competition is open to individuals, educational institutions, and other organizations. The research projects may be sponsored by universities, school districts, individual schools, or other public or private nonprofit agencies. Proposals are evaluated on significance of the study, research design, and presentation. More information about applications is available at The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2004.

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