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Competitions for Talented Kids: Win Scholarships, Big Prize Money, and Recognition

by Prufrock Press (Waco, TX)

ISBN: 1-59363-156-1 · $17.95 US; $26.95 CAN · Paperback, 295 Pages, 6" x 9"

Available in Bookstores September 2005

The following is excerpted from Competitions for Talented Kids: Win Scholarships, Big Prize Money, and Recognition. This comprehensive book offers an up-to-date listing of national competitions for young people. Ideal for kids and families looking for scholarship money and national recognition for skills and abilities in academics, the arts, leadership, and community involvement, Competitions for Talented Kids is the ultimate guide for winning and learning from competitions. In addition to its extensive listing of competitions, the book includes a unique "Competitions Journal" that helps students record their progress and success.



From Chapter 1: Competitions: What You Should Know

Have you ever created a great invention, worked on a science experiment, written an intriguing mystery, or led a service project for your community? Through competitions, you can use your skills and win in many ways. Entering competitions can be a fun and exciting part of your life.

Competition has become the backbone of our society. Adults engage in informal and formal competition nearly every day. Yet, only in the last two to three decades have competitions at the national level been available to youth. When young people participate in competitions, they are preparing to be productive adults.

There are a variety of national and international competitions identified in this book. There likely will be several in which you’ll want to participate. You will discover great things about competitions. By participating, you will learn more about yourself and your special talents and abilities. Academic talents, such as language arts, science, mathematics, and social studies, as well as those in the fine and performing arts (e.g., drawing, painting, theater, and photography), can be further developed. Leadership and service learning in your school and community offer special opportunities to get involved. Most competitions in this book are open to any student, but a few require membership in an organization. Whatever your interests, this book offers a variety of competitions in which to participate.


Sample Competitions Listed in the Book


Competition Arts Recognition and Talent Search (ARTS) Program

Sponsor National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts 800 Brickell Ave., P-14 Miami, FL 33131

Web Address

Areas Performing arts and visual arts

Competition Origin 1981

Purpose To recognize young American artists of exceptional ability and provide them with the opportunity to be evaluated by panels of experts in their field, considered for scholarships offered by NFAA’s Scholarship List Service subscriber, receive unrestricted cash grants, participate in ARTS Week, be nominated to the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, and benefit from NFAA’s ongoing support of its alumni through various internship and career advancement programs.

Description Of the more than 7,000 high-school-senior-age artists who apply, approximately 350 earn ARTS awards. Of that number, 120 will be invited, at NFAA’s expense, to participate in ARTS Week, 6 full days of judged individual auditions, workshops, master classes, and seminars in Miami, FL. Up to 50 top ARTS awardees are nominated by NFAA to the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars for designation as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the highest honor bestowed on graduating American high school seniors who excel in the arts. Ultimately, 20 are chosen for this prestigious award and honored at a White House ceremony during National Recognition Week in June. All students who participate in ARTS are eligible for more than $3 million in scholarship opportunities offered by more than 100 colleges, universities, and professional arts institutions. Guidelines may be obtained on the Web site or by writing to the sponsor.

Eligibility Students in grade 12. Students not enrolled in high school (whether enrolled in college, a high school graduate not enrolled in college, or an individual not completing high school) must be 17 or 18 years old on December 1.

Important Dates Deadlines are in June and October. See guidelines for specific dates.

How to Enter Complete the ARTS registration form and send it along with appropriate fees. You will then receive a detailed packet of instructions along with a program identification number. Applicants need to read the packet information very carefully and follow directions.

Judging Criteria The judges, using a two-step process, review materials submitted by the applicants, selecting up to 20 award candidates in each of the eight disciplines for live adjudications in Miami. An unlimited number of $100 Honorable Mention awards are granted to selected applicants who are not invited to Miami.

Judges Panels of experts—one panel for each art discipline.

Notification In December, winners are notified of their invitation to Miami for ARTS Week.

Awards Some students are invited to Miami for ARTS Week, a week of live adjudications consisting of auditions, master and technique classes, workshops, studio exercises, and interviews. NFAA pays round trip airfare within the U.S. and its territories, lodging, and meal expenses. Winners receive: Gold awards, $10,000; first-level awards, $3,000; second-level awards, $1,500; third-level awards, $1,000; fourth- level awards, $500; fifth-level awards, $50.

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Competitions Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards

Sponsor National Science Teachers Association

1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000

Web Address

Areas Science and technology

Competition Origin 1996

Purpose This program challenges students to use creativity along with science, technology, and mechanics in order to invent or improve a tool.

Description Students send in the completed application form (signed by the student, parent, and teacher-advisor), an Inventor’s Log (must be 3–7 pages in length), diagram of the tool, and a photograph of the student demonstrating the tool. Guidelines may be obtained on the Web site or by writing to the sponsor.

Eligibility Students in grades 2–8.

Important Dates Entries are due in mid-March. See guidelines for specific dates.

How to Enter An entry form and list of materials may be downloaded from the Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Web site.

Judging Criteria Judges are looking for an innovative and creative tool that can actually be put to use.

Judges Appointed by the sponsor.

Notification Winning students are notified in May.

Awards Certificates of appreciation and a small gift are awarded to all participating students. Two national winners receive a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond. Ten national finalists receive a $5,000 U.S. Savings Bond. Twelve second-place winners receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond. Twelve third-place winners receive $250 U.S. Savings Bonds.

Advice Students can look at past winners’ tools on the Web site.