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Contests, Competitions, and Activities

Includes art and writing contests, history competitions, foreign language examinations and conventions, debate tournaments, and oratorical contests. In addition to contests listed, many state universities and businesses sponsor contests open only to state residents.

Achievement Awards in Writing Promising Young Writers Program Sponsor: National Council of Teachers of English

1111 Kenyon Road

Urbana, IL 61801
The Agora Writing Competitions

Sponsor: Agora

P.O. Box 10975

Raleigh, NC 27605

The Apprentice Writer

Sponsor: Susquehanna University

Writing Program Director

Selinsgrove, PA 17870

Arts Recognition Talent Search (ARTS)

Sponsor: National Foundation for Advancement

in the Arts

100 North Biscayne, Suite 1801

Miami, FL 33132
Books Make a Difference

Sponsor: Read Magazine

245 Long Hill Road

Middletown, CT 06457

Citizen BeeClose Up

Sponsor: Close Up Foundation

1235 Jefferson Davis Highway

Arlington, VA 22202

Current Events Quiz

National Writing and Photography Contest

Sponsor: Quill and Scroll Society

School of Journalism

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA 52242

German Testing and Awards Program

Sponsor: American Association of Teachers of German

523 Building, Suite 201, Route 38

Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Gifted and Talented Writing Competition

Sponsor: Center for the Education and Study of

the Gifted, Talented, and Creative

1515 H. Bishop Lehr

University of Colorado

Greeley, CO 80639

High School Journalism Contest

Sponsor: National Federation of Press Women

Headquarters Office

P.O. Box 99

Blue Springs, MO 64015

The Marie-Louise Poetry Scholarship Contest

Sponsor: Brooklyn Poetry Circle

61 Pierrepont Street, #51

Brooklyn, NY 11201
National Forensic League Tournament

Sponsor: National Forensic League

P.O. Box 38

Ripon, WI 54971

National French Contest: "Le Grand Concours"

Sponsor: American Association of Teachers of French

Box 86

Plainview, NY 11803

National Greek Examination

National Latin Examination

National Junior Classical League Convention

Sponsor: American Classical League/National Junior

Classical League

Miami University

Oxford, OH 45056
National High School Oratorical Contest

Sponsor: American Legion

P.O. Box 1055

Indianapolis, IN 46206

National History Day

Sponsor: National History Day

11201 Euclid Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44106

National Language Arts Olympiad

National Social Studies Olympiad

Sponsor: National Olympiads

Box 306

Hauppauge, NY 11788
National Peace Essay Contest for High School Students

Sponsor: U.S. Institute of Peace

730 Jackson Place, N.W.

Washington, DC 10503

Optimist Oratorical Contest

Sponsor: Optimist International

4494 Lindell Boulevard

St. Louis, MO 63105

Poetry Contest

Sponsor: English Department

124 Williams Hall

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, VA 24061

(open only to Virginia students)

Riverstates Review of Young Writers

Sponsor: Riverstates Review of Young Writers

#1 Mark Twain Circle

Clayton, MO 63105

TIME Student Writing Contest

Sponsor: TIME Education Program

10 North Main Street

Yardley, PA 19067

Writing, Art, and Photography Awards

Sponsor: Scholastic, Inc.

730 Broadway

New York, NY 10003

Young American Creative Patriotic Art Award

Sponsor: Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States

Ladies Auxiliary

406 West 34th Street

Kansas City, MO 64111
Young Writer's Contest

Sponsor: Young Writer's Contest Foundation

P.O. Box 6092

McLean, VA 22106

Youth Citizenship Awards

Sponsor: Soroptimist Foundations

1616 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103


Generally organized through schools, entries are usually set up for teams. Interested students should speak with a mathematics teacher about organizing and entering a team from their school.

American High School Mathematics Exam

American Junior High School Mathematics Exam

International Mathematical Olympiad

Sponsor: Mathematical Association of America

152918th Street, N.W.

Washington, DC 20036

American Regions Mathematics League

Sponsor: American Regions Mathematics League

23 Garland Place

Roslyn Heights, NY 11577

Atlantic and Pacific Math Meet

Sponsor: Atlantic and Pacific

P.O. Box 11242

Elkins Park, PA 19117

Continental Mathematics League

Sponsor: Continental Mathematics League

P.O. Box 306

Hauppauge, NY 11788


Sponsors: National Society of Professional Engineers

CNA Insurance Companies

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

U.S. Department of Education, NASA

1420 King Street

Alexandria, VA 22314
Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary Schools

Sponsor: Executive Director, MOES

Forest Road School

Valley Stream, NY 11582

National Engineering Aptitude Search

Test of Engineering Aptitude in Math and Science

Sponsor: Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS)

1420 King Street, Suite 405

Alexandria, VA 22314
National Mathematics League Competitions

Sponsor: National Mathematics League

Southern Regional Office

P.O. Box 9459

Coral Springs, FL 33075

Generally, these competitions have very specific rules about the type of research projects they accept and the format they require for an entry. Students should make sure that they request and read carefully the complete rules for a particular competition.

Biology Bulletin Science Essay Program

Sponsor: Science Essay Awards Program

c/o Biology Bulletin Monthly

3500 Western Avenue

Highland Park, IL 60035
Duracell Scholarship Competition

Sponsor: Duracell Scholarship Competition

National Science Teachers Association

1742 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20009
The Explorers Club Youth Activity Fund Grants

Sponsor: The Explorers Club Youth Activity Fund

46 East 70th Street

New York, NY 10021

International Chemistry Olympiad

Sponsor: American Chemical Society

Education Department

1115 16th Street, N.W.

Washington, DC 20036
International Physics Olympiad

Sponsor: American Association of Physics Teachers

5110 Roanoke Place, Suite 101

College Park, MD 20740

International Science and Engineering Fair

Sponsor: FAA Office of Public Affairs

Aviation Education Program

800 Independence Avenue, S.W.

Washington, DC 20591

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

Sponsor: Academy of Applied Science

JSHS Office

4603 Western Boulevard

Raleigh, NC 27606
National Science Olympiad

Sponsor: National Science Olympiad

P.O. Box 306

Hauppauge, NY 11788

NSTA/NASA Space Shuttle Student

Involvement Project

Sponsor: National Science Teachers Association

1742 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20009
Science Award and Scholarship Program

Sponsor: Bausch & Lomb

One Lincoln First Square

Rochester, NY 14604

Science Competitions

Sponsor: National Science League, Inc.

P.O. Box 9700

Coral Springs, FL 33075

Science Essay Awards Program

Sponsor: General Learning Corporation

60 Revere Drive

Northbrook, IL 60062

Science Olympiad

Sponsor: Science Olympiad

5955 Little Pine Lane

Rochester, MI 48064

Westinghouse Talent Search

International Science and Engineering Fair

Sponsor: Westinghouse Science

Scholarships and Awards

Science Service, Ine.

1719 N Street, N.W.

Washington, DC 20036
Young Astronaut Program

Sponsor: The Young Astronaut Council

P.O. Box 65432

Washington, DC 20036

For information on art scholarships and competitions,

National Art Education Association

1916 Association Drive

Reston, VA 22091

Century III Leaders Program

National Leadership Training Program

Sponsor: National Association of Secondary School


Division of Student Activities

1904 Association Drive

Reston, VA 22091
Computer Science Contest

Sponsor: American Computer Science League

P.O. Box 2417A

Providence, RI 02906

Edison/McGraw Scholarship Program

Sponsor: National Science Supervisors Association

P.O. Box 2800

San Diego, CA 92038

The Future Problem Solving Program

Sponsor: The Future Problem Solving Program

St. Andrew's College

Laurinburg, NC 28352

Invent America!

Sponsor: U.S. Patent Model Foundation

1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20004

National Academic Championship

Sponsor: Questions Unlimited

P.O. Box 14798

Columbus, OH 43015

National Awards Program

Sponsor: Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge

Valley Forge, PA 19481
National High School Chess Championship

Sponsor: u.S. Chess Federation

186 Route 9W

New Windsor, NY 12550

Presidential Academic Fitness Awards

Sponsor: Presidential Academic Fitness Awards

u.s. Department of Education

P.O. Box 23749

Washington, DC 20026
Salute to Excellence

Sponsor: American Academy of Achievement

P.O. Box 548

Malibu, CA 90265

U.S. Senate Youth Program

Sponsor: W. R. Hearst Foundation

690 Market Street, Suite 502

San Francisco, CA 94104

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