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Grants, Awards & Freebies — Oct. 1, 2015

STEM sells

Samsung is seeking entrants for the 2016 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition. The competition asks teachers to submit lesson plans outlining how they will address the challenge, “Show how STEM can be applied to help your local community.” Each state finalist teacher will receive a package consisting of a Samsung camcorder and laptop. National finalists receive up to $120,000 in technology grants. Eligibility: K–12 schools.

DEADLINE: Application is online.
CONTACT: Solve for Tomorrow

App challenge

Inform your students that Verizon is looking for entrants for the 2016 Verizon Innovative App Challenge. The challenge is a no-coding-skills-needed contest that gives middle and high school students a chance to bring their problem-solving app ideas to life. Best-in-state winners (one team of middle school students and one team of high school students from every state and D.C.) will win $5,000 grants for their schools, groups or clubs, and tablets for every team member. Eight best-in-nation winners will receive an additional $15,000 in grants for their schools, groups or clubs, and hands-on and virtual training from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab experts to turn their concepts into working apps available for download. The best-in-nation winners also will present their apps in person at the 2016 Technology Student Association National Conference. Eligibility: middle and high school students.

DEADLINE: Nov. 24.
CONTACT:; App Challenge

Cyber education resources

AT&T announced the launch of the new Digital You program. The program offers tools, tips, apps, guidance and community education events for people to learn more about how to have a safe and secure online experience. The site also offers 6th–9th-graders access to Digital Compass, a free interactive game developed by Common Sense to help teach students about the impact of their online choices.

CONTACT: Digital You

Education advancement opportunity

The American Association of University Women is accepting applications for the Career Development Grants program. The program provides funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance, change careers or re-enter the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.

DEADLINE: Dec. 15.
CONTACT: Career Development Grants

Follow your art

CEC ArtsLink provides ArtsLink Projects funding to support U.S. artists, curators, presenters and arts organizations undertaking projects in dance, music, theater and literature. Awards range up to $10,000.

DEADLINE: Jan. 14 to apply for performing arts and literature projects. Jan. 16 to apply for visual and media arts projects.