Annual competition open to grades K-8, designed to encourage students to use their reading, writing, and artistic skills to create their own books. Grand prize winning team receives $5,000 in merchandise from Scholastic and 100 copies of their published book, with 25 honorable mention winners also receiving prizes.
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.
Open to 9-12 year olds to write no more than 500 words on an national park-themed topic named by the foundation. Prizes include an all-expense paid trip to a national park, in addition to a shopping spree at Macy's, which cosponsors the contest.
National science competition for students in grades 5-8, in which students submit a video entry that demonstrates understanding of select scientific concepts. Top winner receives $50,000 savings bond, with other finalists eligible for additional exciting prizes.
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.
Program for middle school students that challenges teams of three to four, with an adult coach, to identify a problem in their community and apply the scientific method to create an innovative solution to that problem. Finalists compete for U.S. Savings Bonds, a $25,000 Columbus Foundation Community Grant, plus a $200 development grant to further refine the winning idea.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every month, Herff Jones Nystrom is giving away a 1-year license for StrataLogica, an interactive program for teaching social studies, history and geography. To enter, visit Herff Jones Nystrom's Facebook page and click "Contest."