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Contests for Homeschoolers

by Mary Ann Kelley
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Remember that most contests run on the academic year with registration in the fall and winners announced in the early spring. If you find that there are no current contests when you check, please check back in the fall for the new deadlines.

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
Deadline: Oct 31, 2018
Each year the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards 250 scholarships valued from $4,000 to $20,000 to high school seniors. "Coca-Cola" Scholarships are awarded based on character, personal merit and commitment. Merit is demonstrated through leadership in school, civic and extracurricular activities, academic achievement, and motivation to serve and succeed. Applications are accepted Aug 1 - Oct 31 of the senior year in high school.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)

Constitution Day Poster Design Contest
Deadline: Oct 01, 2018 and the GIC (Government Information for Children - ALA GODORT) are national sponsors of the Tenth Annual U.S. Constitution Day Poster Contest for students, an international contest promoted exclusively through the Internet.To compete, the contest invites K-12 entrants (including homeschoolers) to celebrate Constitution Day (Sept. 17) by designing a poster showing how they benefited from the freedoms embodied in the U.S. Constitution.Entries must be postmarked by October 1, 2018. The first 100 entrants receive a free pocket constitution book from, with the contest winners receiving additional prizes!
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)

Midwest Christian Fellowship Annual Essay Contest
Deadline: Apr 30, 2018
Students are asked to use skills in research, analysis and logical reasoning by preparing an effective presentation of a thesis in a creation-oriented paper. Two Categories: Junior High ages 11-14, Senior High Ages 14-18. Essays can be electronically submitted to from Jan 1 to April 30.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)

Science without Borders Challenge
Deadline: Apr 23, 2018
Science without Borders Challenge is a yearly contest that engages secondary students to promote public awareness of the need to preserve, protect, and restore the world's oceans and aquatic resources through various forms of media. The contest is for middle and high school students ages 11-19 including homeschoolers. The theme for the 2017 Science without Borders Challenge is "Reef SuperSpecies". For this year's Challenge, use your imagination to create a piece of art that illustrates a made-up Reef SuperSpecies. A Reef SuperSpecies is an organism (plant or animal) that has found a way to adapt to a deadly threat facing coral reef ecosystems. You can make up an organism or base your organism off of an already existing reef organism. The deadline is Monday, April 23, 2018 by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time).
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)

Student Book Scholars Writing Contest
Deadline: Jul 14, 2018
National Youth Foundation sponsored contest. 2018 Theme is Anti-Bullying. There is no fee to enter and is open to kids in Grades K to 8. Prize: $500 and your book published (the parent or project coordinator for the winning team wins $250). Deadline:July 14, 2018
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)

Team America Rocketry Challenge
Deadline: Nov 30, 2018
The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the only aerospace-specific national STEM competition. TARC has reached over 55,000 students in the past decade. An extra-curricular hands-on project-based learning program, the TARC competition is modeled around the aerospace industry's design, fabrication and testing processes. All students participate in a team of 3-10 students to design, build, and fly a rocket. Like aerospace companies work within specific design parameters, every year the challenge requires teams to achieve the same basic mission-oriented goals of hitting a precise altitude, landing within a specific flight time window, and returning a raw egg ("the astronaut") without cracking. Each year a unique task is also included; this year we are challenging students to fly two eggs and to use two parachutes to recover the rocket and eggs. Registration begins annually in September.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)

Youth Wildlife Art Contest
Deadline: Oct 31, 2018
The George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest offers young artists interested in hunting and wildlife an outlet to use their creative talent, practice artistic techniques, and refine wildlife identification skills through the creation of original works. This contest encourages youth to nurture their interest for the visual arts, hunting, and wildlife conservation. It also reinforces the positive effects of hunting and wildlife conservation with the public at large.Students grades 1 through 12 (including home-schooled children) are eligible to enter and all entries must portray North American game birds or animals that may be legally hunted or trapped. Artists have the chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes!Contest starts September 1 and entries must be postmarked by October 31.
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)

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