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Student & Educator Competitions, Grants, and Scholarships

Interested in applying for a grant or scholarship but don’t know where to look? Look no further! Below are some great opportunities along with some resources to make your search easier. Note: If you don’t see a grant or scholarship which fits your needs, scroll down to access some other great grant resources!

GI Film Festival

The GI Film Festival is a 501-c-3 non-profit festival and the nation's only film festival whose mission is to preserve the stories of our men and women in uniform through the medium of film and television. Every year in May in Washington DC we bring Hollywood and the military together for a week-long event celebrating the success and sacrifice of our service men and women. This school year, the GI Film Festival is also holding an initiative in cooperation with the Department of Defense Korean War Commemoration Committee. We are asking high school students to make a 3-5 minute film about a Korean War veteran (interview, act out a story, animation, anything). All of the videos will be posted on the DoD KW-60 website. Five videos will win 2 tickets to the GI Film Festival and a $500 scholarship. For detailed information, please visit the GI Film Festival website. Quick video about the program.

Florida Farm Bureau Agriculture in the Classroom Grants

All kindergarten through 12th grade educators are welcome to apply. Florida Farm Bureau Agriculture in the Classroom (FFB-AITC) is pleased to offer a Mini-Grant program for educators during the school year. This FFB-AITC grant is a public/private partnership serving K-12th grade education with a goal of helping to increase the understanding of agriculture among students and educators. The program is administered through Florida Farm Bureau, Florida's oldest and largest general farm organization.

Tuition Support Programs for Exceptional Student Educators

The Tuition Support Programs for Exceptional Student Educators provide financial support to paraprofessionals earning a bachelor's degree in special education, educators earning a master's degree in speech/language pathology, and ESE teachers earning an endorsement in autism, severe/profound, or prekindergarten disabilities. Upon completion of the program, recipients must fulfill a service obligation within Florida's public schools. For more information on the programs, go to www.florida-ese.org/tuitionsupport.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s School & Youth Programs

Does your school have a personal connection with Leukemia, Lymphoma or Myeloma? Would you like to implement a service learning experience for your class/school New Years resolution? Well there is still time to conduct a Pennies for Patients® program at your school this year! If you’re not familiar with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s School & Youth Programs, they are service and philanthropy programs that give students a unique experience making a difference through teamwork – working together to aid thousands of children and adults in the fight against blood cancers like leukemia. Typically students collect spare change over a 3 week period in honor of a local student, blood cancer survivor. Additionally, many schools choose to implement educational activities provided by LLS including kick-off assemblies and service learning modules. LLS provides all the materials your school needs to run the program and depending on your school’s preference, there are prizes and awards for classrooms and schools that participate. Leukemia is still the most lethal for of cancer in children; join the 12 million schools across the country who are Making Change, Beat Cancer! Learn more about the School & Youth Programs, review the service learning lesson plans, and find your local chapter at www.schoolandyouth.org.

Avery Dennison's Give Back to Schools Program

To give children the tools they need to thrive in school, Avery Dennison is proud to launch Give Back to Schools. Schools can each win approximately $10,000 of Avery® school supplies—all they need to do is get to the head of the class. To win, your school just needs to be one of the ten with the most votes! For complete details visit http://www.averydennisongivebacktoschools.com/.

Great Resources for Grant Seekers

Looking for more opportunities? Check out these sites!

  • Grants Alert.com
    Provide teachers, schools and related organizations with free access to up-to-date announcements of corporate, foundation, state and federal education funding opportunities.
  • Grants.gov
    Find and apply for federal government grants at this site. There are over 1,000 grant programs offered by all federal grant making agencies. Search by agency, keyword, or category.

Literacy League Submissions

The next deadline for the Florida Department of Education’s Literacy League is the first of each month. Students interested in submitting their inquiries regarding the latest Literacy League book should send them to . The author will then answer these questions via podcast, to be posted on iTunesU. This direct interaction with authors is intended to help promote a more active engagement in reading among Florida’s middle school students. For more information about Literacy League, visit www.fldoe.org/literacyleague. We hope you will continue to encourage your students to participate in this reading initiative.