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Wendy’s High School Heisman

Wendy’s wants to recognize outstanding male and female high school students who excel in academics, athletics, and leadership.  If you are a junior (2012-2013) with at least a “B” grade point average and participate in one or more school-sponsored sports, you can apply online for the Wendy’s High School Heisman in just a few easy steps.  

Visit:  WendysHeisman.com  for details.  

2013 Safer Texas Public Service Announcement Contest


One of the goals of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is to empower young people to make smart decisions while online or in the real world.  In 2013, the Texas Regional Office will be holding the first ever Safer Texas Video Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest for Texas high school students.  The contest is open to Texas high school students, ages 14 to 18, who wish to make our state a safer place.


2013 Theme: “Communication is Key”

PSAs should use the theme to encourage parents, guardians, and other trusted adults to take time to talk to the children in their lives about safety.

·         Entries should focus on specific safety topics such as going to and from school, summer safety, or online safety as well as sticking to an overall look at why communication is a key component to keeping children safe.

·         Entries should be age appropriate for elementary, middle, and/or high school age students.


Possible questions to answer: Why is it important to talk to children about safety? What are questions parents should ask their children? How can teens talk to each other about safety? How can teens help middle and elementary students learn about safety?


Entries should be 28 seconds in length including credits. Please download the “Guidelines for Entry” to learn all official rules for the 2013 Safer Texas PSA Contest. Winning PSAs will be featured on NCMEC websites. Prizes range from a $100 gift card (third place) to a $500 gift card (first place). Please direct questions to Shannon Posern, Program Manager, at (512) 465-2156 orSPosern@NCMEC.ORG.



2012-2013 Texas History Essay Scholarship 

For more information and to download an application, go to:

TOPIC:  "Mirabeau B. Lamar: President of the Republic of Texas and Father of Texas Education"

1st Prize - $3,000.00
2nd Prize - $2,000.00
3rd Prize - $1,000.00

ELIGIBILITY:  Graduating Seniors in Any High School may enter. History, government and English students are particularly encouraged to participate.The authors of the three best essays submitted will be the winners if the essays so warrant. 

RULES:  The rules are clearly defined on the downloaded application. 

DEADLINE:  Entries must be postmarked on or before January 31, 2013.


2013 Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Any 9th - 12th grader is eligible to apply online at:


Deadline is January 5, 2013  

The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories; and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas. Past winners and finalists are not eligible to participate. Employees of John Hancock Financial Services and members of their families are not eligible to participate. 

First place award is $10,000.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Young volunteers in grades 5 - 12 are invited to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.  If you've made a difference volunteering over the past year, you could win $1,000 and a trip to Washington D.C. It's easy to apply:  Visit  http://spirit.prudential.com/view/page/soc 

click on the "Click Here To Apply" link, and follow the onscreen instructions. 

Deadline November 6, 2012


Voice of Democracy Awards

The 2012-2013 theme is "Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?” 

This contest is open to students in grades 9 - 12.   Students will submit an audio-essay for the competition.

For more information, visit: 



The deadline to submit an entry to VFW Posts is November 1, 2012.  

This following information was provided by www.Homeworkspot.com . 


  • First Freedom Student Competition 
    Students grades K-12 participate in a national essay and video contest. Students compete for $2,500.

  • Kid's Astronomy Essay Contest 
    Sponsored by Sky and Telescope Magazine, kids ages 5-18 write a short essay on astronomy to compete for prizes ranging from $50-$200. Check site for details on subcategories.

  • Americanism Essay Contest
    Annual contest offered to students in grades 7-12, with the first-place winner granted a $15,000 savings bond.

  • Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contest
    Contest open to middle schoolers, high schoolers and college students to write an Ayn Rand-themed essay for cash prizes.

  • Jonathan Friesen Reclaim the Name Writing Contest
    Students can write a short story about a character who discovers, through a personal journey, who he/she truly is, with winners receiving cash prizes ranging from $100 to $1,000.

  • Alliance for Young Artists & Writers
    Students grades 7-12 submit their best works of visual art - including sculpture, painting, ceramics, photography, animation, video and animation - and writing - including poetry, play scripts, personal essay, works of journalism, satire and short fiction - to compete for scholarships.

  • My Turn Essay Contest
    Annual essay competition sponsored by Kaplan and Newsweek. Enrolled U.S. high school students intending to go to a college or university after high school can submit a 500-1,000 word essay on a topic of choice to win cash prizes ranging from $1,000-$5,000.

  • John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
    Annual competition open to high school students nationwide to write an original essay about an elected official who has demonstrated political courage to receive awards totaling up to $8,500.

  • Society of Professional Journalists Essay Contest
    Contest open to high school students nationwide to write an essay on a given media-related topic, with winners receiving scholarship awards ranging from $300-$1,000.

  • National Peace Essay Contest
    Annual essay contest sponsored by the U.S. Institute of Peace, open to high school students to write a peace-themed essay for cash prizes.

  • The Holocaust Remembrance Project
    National essay contest open to high school students in the United States and Mexico, designed to encourage and promote the study of the Holocaust. Contestants compete for scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C.

  • Alliance for Science Essay Contest
    National annual contest open to high school students to submit essays of not more than 1,000 words on a theme selected by the alliance, with prizes starting at $300 for first place.

  • Annual Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest
    Each year, a new book is chosen for students to read and write about. High school juniors or seniors or home-schooled students between the ages of 16-18 are eligible to compete to win a $1,000 scholarship.

  • The Humanist Essay Contest for Young Women and Men of North America
    Contest is open to students residing in the United States or Canada who are enrolled in grades 9-12 to compete for $1,000 and a three-year membership to the American Humanist Association.

  • American Fire Sprinkler Association National Scholarship Essay Contest
    Ten $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to select students who read a 3,000 word sprinkler essay and complete the exam that follows. For each correct answer, the student will be reentered into the competition.

  • First Freedom Student Competition
    High school students compete for a $3,000, $1,500 and $750 award, as they examine religious freedom, its history, current importance, and relevance in their lives.

  • Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Contest
    High school students compose an audio-essay on a theme selected by the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars to compete for more than $3 million in scholarships.

 Math and Science

  • The American Mathematics Competitions 
    Various math competitions open to qualifying students of all grade levels. 

  • Team America Rocketry Challenge 
    Students in grades 7-12 can register as a team to design and build a safe and stable one-stage model rocket. Prizes include $60,000 in cash and scholarships and participation in NASA's advanced rocketry program Student Launch Initiative.

  • NASA Space Settlement Contest 
    International contest open to 6th-12th graders (11-18 years old). Students compete in teams to develop space settlement designs and related materials for various prizes.

 Artistic Expression


  • Global Virtual Classroom Contest 
    Global team cooperation and Web site-building activity for students from 7 to 18 years of age. Awards range from $3,000 to $750 per team. 

  • ThinkQuest Web site Competition 
    Teams create an original Web site on a topic of global importance for a student audience. Prizes include a trip to ThinkQuest Live in San Francisco, laptop computers, digital cameras and school monetary grants. 

  • International Schools CyberFair 
    Students ages 5-19 years old conduct research about their local communities, then publish their findings on the Web for various prizes and awards. 

  • Doors to Diplomacy 
    U. S. Department of State "Doors to Diplomacy" educational challenge to encourage middle school and high school students to produce Web projects that teach others about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy. Students on winning team receive a $2,000 scholarship, and the winning coaches' schools each receive a $500 cash award.

 Other Fun Contests

  • Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes 
    Students ages 8-18 must be nominated by a qualifying adult for their leadership and courage in developing and implementing an exceptional service project. Ten students will be chosen to win $2,500 to be applied to their higher education or service project. 

  • The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies 
    Art, photo and other project-based contests open to students of all ages. 

  • World of Escher Contest 
    International Escher-inspired creative contest that combines mathematics and artistic ability; prizes awarded.

  • National History Day Contest 
    Students in grades 6-12 engage in discovery and interpretation of historical topics related to an annual theme. Awards range from $250 to $1,000, in addition to other prizes.

  • The Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Award Program 
    Contest open to girls ages 12-18 who demonstrate budding entrepreneurship. Prizes totaling $30,000 are granted to three top winners and 12 finalists each year to further their entrepreneurial pursuits or save for college.

  • National High School Chef of the Year 
    High school students submit an original creation recipe to compete for tuition scholarship prizes to JWU culinary school.

  • Young Epidemiology Scholars Competition 
    High school students submit original research projects using the methods that epidemiologists utilize to discover ways to improve the health of the public to compete for scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $50,000.

  • Fastweb 
    Great site for finding scholarships, internships and other resources.