Student Contests

May 2019

Why this Newsletter?

I wanted to provide students with the opportunity to pursue their passion by using their knowledge and skills in a variety of ways. There are great opportunities listed below. Be sure to let Ms. Wright know if you enter.

Student Contests/Scholarship Opportunities

Creative Awards

International Vocal Competition 2019 - The American Protégé International Vocal Competition is designed for singers who would like to challenge themselves in a very competitive environment. The Competition is open to solo vocalists and vocal groups of all ages, nationalities and countries. Participants are required to submit video recording materials for the audition. (Deadline June 10, 2019)

Change Under the Sea
The contest is a call for young artists, thinkers, and activists who are concerned about the future of our human and natural communities to use their creative voices to explore, express, and advocate for issues related to climate change and our oceans. You can enter the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest with artwork, film, music, poetry, or prose that demonstrates their passion for effecting positive change. Winners in the Junior Division will receive up to $1,000. DEADLINE: June 18

Wild Things
The Ranger Rick Your Best Shots Contest invites K–6 students to submit original photographs of wildlife or landscapes to the National Wildlife Federation’s ongoing competition for a chance to be featured on their website, in Ranger Rick magazine, and more.

Ocean Awareness Student Contest
Sponsor: From the Bow Seat
Amount: Up to $1,500
Description: Contest is open to middle and high school students from around the world between the ages of 11 and 18 years of age. Applicant must focus on this year theme of “Presence of Future” and submit a piece of art, poetry, prose, film or music on this year’s theme. In addition to the general contest, there is a hometown award open to students from Boston, Massachusetts. (Closing Date: June 17, 2019)

Art for Everyone

Celebrate kids’ creative writing and artwork that promote multicultural, international, and nature awareness by entering the Youth Honor Awards Program from Skipping Stones magazine. Winners in grades 1–8 will receive a magazine subscription, a collection of five books, and more.


All Fun and Games
We know you take time to make your math lessons more fun by giving students games and puzzles to work on; now, let your kids take charge! The K–12 Game-a-thon challenges students to create a math game of their own (computer game, traditional board game, etc.) to solve a problem in any area of mathematics.

Annual Fruit Shoot Photo Contest
Sponsor: California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc.
Amount: Up to $100
Closing Date: July 20, 2019
Description: Contest is open to anyone. Contestant must submit a photo on the subjects of fruit, flowers, roots or any vegetative plant parts.


  • Think the Vote Current Events Debate Scholarship
    Sponsor: Bill of Rights Institute
    Amount: Up to $1,000
    Description: Scholarship is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are in school and are 18 years of age or older or are 13 years or older and have received permission in writing from their parent/guardian to participate. Between August 27, 2018 and June 6, 2019, participate in the current debate (yes or no and why – new debate every two weeks). Every two weeks two $25 Amazon gift cards will be awarded (one to the person providing the best defense on each side of the debate). Each bi-weekly winner will be entered for a chance to win the scholarship. (Closing Date: June 6, 2019)

  • The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes is open to students aged 8 to 18. Each year the Barron Prize is awarded to 25 students who have made a positive difference to the people in their community and the health of the planet. Award criteria focuses on environmental issues as they relate to people and their communities. Winners receive a $2500 scholarship to be used at the college or university of their choice.


Breakthrough Junior Challenge
Sponsor: Breakthrough Prize Foundation
Amount: Up to $250,000
Closing Date: June 15, 2019
Description: Competition is open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 years of age. Applicant must explain a big scientific idea in fundamental physics, life sciences or mathematics with a short video (three minutes maximum).

Writing Contests

  • Write for Peace
    Kids who want to make a change in their school, community, country, or the world may submit an essay to the 2018 International Essay Contest for Young People, organized by the Goi Peace Foundation. K–8 students enter for a chance to win up to $880 and attend an award ceremony in Japan. DEADLINE: June 15

  • Do-Over Scholarship
    Sponsor: Unigo
    Amount: $1,500
    Closing Date: June 30, 2019
    Description: Scholarship is open to students 13 years of age or older who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2025) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant must share what they would do “if they could turn back time.”

    Sponsor: Blue Mountain Arts
    Amount: Up to $350

Closing Date: June 30, 2019
Description: Contestant must submit an original poem.

  • SCOPE Writing Contests Scope is packed with contests to get your students excited about writing. And you can win awesome prizes! On the page find information about our current contests, including entry forms and deadlines.

  • Teen Travel Writing Scholarship
    Sponsor: Family Travel Forum
    Amount: Up to $1,000
    Closing Date: July 12, 2019
    Description: Scholarship is open to students ages 13-18 and attending grades 8-12 in the United States or Canada, or an American international school abroad, or be enrolled in a U.S. homeschool program. Applicant must share a travel story.

  • Patriot's Pen

    Each year more than 132,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $55,000, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level.

    The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirements, then download and complete the 2019-20 entry form. All student entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, Oct. 31.

    The 2019-20 theme is:
    What Makes America Great

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