Contests Open To Homeschoolers

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Scholastic Art Awards-Wisconsin Regional Competition (2012): Grades 7–12th.  The Milwaukee Art Museum has hosted the Scholastic Art Awards-Wisconsin Regional Competition and Exhibition since 1976. The Scholastic Art Awards offers early recognition of creative teenagers by local and national professionals in the arts and exhibition opportunities for regional and national audiences; and scholarships for graduating seniors who present portfolios of art.  The process begins with students submitting creative works of art to the Wisconsin Regional Affiliate program through an art teacher or other primary teacher if their school does not have an art teacher. Supported by their teachers and other community mentors, students create and submit their best works in any of the following seventeen visual arts categories: Architecture, Ceramics & Glass, Comic Art, Design, Digital Art, Drawing, Fashion, Film & Animation, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video Games, and Senior Art Portfolios & Photography Portfolios.

Requests for entry materials to the Scholastic Art Awards-Wisconsin Regional Competition may be made starting in late September. Art work submissions are due in early January, so request entry materials before December to complete your submission by the deadline. Contact Scholastic Arts Awards–Wisconsin Regional Competition and Exhibition coordinator at for more information and entry forms.

Google Science Fair (2013-check back): The Google Science Fair is an online science competition seeking curious minds from the four corners of the globe. Anybody and everybody between 13 and 18 can enter. All you need is an idea.

Life-changing Prizes:  A world-class science fair calls for world-class prizes. They include once-in-a-lifetime experiences like a scientific trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Explorer, unique scholarships and real-life work opportunities in iconic science centers of excellence like CERN in Switzerland. 

Deadline: April 1st, 2012.

 Nasa Space Settlement Contest  (2013):   This annual contest, co-sponsored by NASA Ames and the National Space Society (NSS) is for 6-12th graders (11-18 years old) from anywhere in the world. Individuals, small teams of two to six, and large teams of seven or more (often whole classrooms with teacher leadership) may enter. Grades 6-8, 9-10 and 11-12 are judged separately, except for the grand prize. Students develop space settlement designs and related materials. These are sent to NASA Ames for judgement. Submissions must be received by March 15, 2013.  Check website for additional information:

AFSA (American Fire Sprinkler Association) Scholarship Program  (2013):  2011 - 2012 High School Seniors may enter this contest for the opportunity to win 1 of 10 $2,000 Scholarships.  Students must read an online essay and then answer 10 questions online.  Entries Accepted:  September 5, 2012 - April 3, 2013.  Visit the AFSA website for additional information:

Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge (2013): The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is the premier nationa lenvironmental sustainability competition for grades K-12.  Through project-based learning, students learn about science and conservation while creating solutions that impact their planet. 

Challenge Fast Facts:

The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge middle school level encourages student teams, working with a teacher/mentor, to identify environmental issues of concern and create sustainable, reproducible improvements in their local communities.

  • Open to all middle school students in grades 6-8 working in teams of two to four with a teacher/mentor.
  • The teacher/mentor must register and create a team to begin. Once this is complete, the student team can work on the challenge application.
  • Only the teacher/mentor can submit the final application.
  • All submitted work must be the work of the students and completed during the entry period.
  • The Challenge is open Sept. 13, 2012 through March 5, 2013.   Check the website for additional information : 

AFSA (American Foreign Service Assoc.) Essay Contest (2013)Since 1999, AFSA has sponsored a nationwide high school essay contest for students whose parents are not in the Foreign Service in order to create interest in the Foreign Service among our best and brightest high school students. In the twelve years since the contest began, we have received thousands of submissions from all over the country - all over the world, even - and we are continually impressed with the caliber of writing and research performed by these students.

2012 Essay Contest Topic:   In 1,000-1,250 words, discuss the following topic:   You are a Foreign Service employee posted to one of the nations/organizations listed below. Explain what you would do as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service to improve the relations between the U.S. and your country/organization of choice, and how the major foreign policy differences between them might best be handled in our national interest.The submission period for this topic will be Dec. 1st, 2012 through April 1th, 2013.


Toshiba ExploraVision Awards ( 2013-closed check back in summer): ExploraVision is a competition for all students in grades K-12 attending a public, private or home school in the U.S., Canada, or U.S. Territories. It is designed to encourage students to combine their imagination with their knowledge of science and technology to explore visions of the future. Teams of students select a technology, research how it works and why it was invented, and then project how that technology may change in the future. They must then identify what breakthroughs are required for their vision to become a reality and describe the positive and negative consequences of their technology on society. Winning ideas have focused on things as simple as ballpoint pens and as complex as satellite communications. The student teams write a paper and draw a series of Web page graphics to describe their idea. Regional winners make a Web site and a prototype of their future vision.  Download the mail in entry kit online for 2013 contest.  Check website for additional information.

 River of Words Art and Poetry Contest (2013):  Every year, in affiliation with the Library of Congress Center for the Book, River of Words sponsors a free international poetry and art contest on the theme of watersheds. The contest is open to students ages 5 through 19 anywhere in the world. Deaf students may submit poems in American Sign Language on DVDs. Entries are accepted throughout the year. Submission dates: Dec. 1st 2012 through March 13th, 2013.  See website for additional information and for entry forms and guidelines.

Scholastic Kids Are Authors (2013):  Kids Are Authors is an annual competition open to Grades K-8 and is designed to encourage students to use their reading, writing, and artistic skills to create their own books. Under the guidance of a project coordinator, children work in teams of three or more students to write and illustrate their own book. The creative process of working in teams helps provide a natural environment to practice editing, teamwork, and communication skills necessary for future success. All students involved get a sense of pride and accomplishment from submitting the team project. Scholastic Book Fairs will publish the winning books and distribute them at Book Fairs throughout the country.  Deadline is March 15, 2013.  Please check their website for additional information. .  Entry Form

 Discovery Channel Young Scietist Challenge (2013): Every year, more than 60,000 children from around the country enter science projects in one of the science and engineering fairs affiliated with Science Service. Six thousand middle school entrants are then nominated by their fair directors to enter their projects in the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge. The only competition of its kind for students in grades 5 through 8.  Our judges choose 400 semifinalists among the entries. Students are judged on the scientific merit of their work and, just as importantly, on their ability to communicate the science of their project.  The Search for America's Next Top Young Scientist!  Many of the greatest innovations of our time were first designed to solve a simple problem. This year's Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge encourages young people to solve everyday problems using science and innovation. When you are working in the field of science, the opportunities are endless! Look around you - science is everywhere. Your innovative ideas just may revolutionize the way we live.

To enter the 2013 competition, students must create a 1-2 minute video describing a new innovation or solution that could solve or impact an everyday problem related to the way we move, keep ourselves healthy or make a difference. One student will win the coveted title of "America's Top Young Scientist."  Deadline is April 23, 2013.  Please check out their website:

 HSLDA organizes homeschool contests each year that highlight the abilities of homeschooled students. This year's offerings include:

**Visit the HSLDA website for contest guidelines and entry forms.**

Baptists for Life of Wisconsin Essay Contest (2012-closed): It's time for the 2011 BFLW High School Essay Contest! This year's theme is, "Abortion Alternatives . . .What Can Churches Do?"

Baptists for Life of Wisconsin are sponsoring its sixth annual high school essay contest. The purpose of this essay contest is to give the youth of Wisconsin a voice for the pre-born, the special needs person and for those who cannot speak for themselves. The winner or winners may be asked to present a speech of their essay at the annual BFLW Pro Life Rally at the state capital in Madison, Wisconsin in January. of 2012.  This persuasive essay contest is for students in grades 9 through 12 on the theme of “ABORTION ALTERNATIVES. . . WHAT CAN CHURCHES DO?” Discuss what the Bible says about alternatives to abortion and what local churches can do to become involved.  Please check out the website for additional information and to enter:

 USADA True Sport Awards (2012): Being a winner is about more than the outcome—it’s about positive attitude, strong character and integrity. Discovery Education and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency believe in the power of sport to teach young people these important life lessons and are excited to announce the opening of the


The USADA True Sport Awards are now open to more people than ever before: students, teachers, and district administrators are all encouraged to apply. When you share your idea for a program that teaches life lessons through sport, you’ll have a chance to win:

  • $500 for yourself
  • $2,000 in program funding for your school or organization
  • Pocket video camera
  • $1000 grant for Discovery Education services
  • Commendation plaque


Start your application today and enter by December 1, 2011. For standards-based supporting curriculum, sample applications, contest rules and more, please visit:


The Bill of Rights Institute (2012-closed): Essay contest. Their writing prompt and helpful lesson plans are worthwhile even if you don't want to enter the contest. This is an excellent way to get your high school student writing. They seem very friendly to homeschoolers, and have homeschool winners each year. Here's the information on this year's contest:
Are you are looking for a way to engage your students in studying constitutional principles or in the direct reading of the Constitution? Our Being an American Essay Contest can help! The Contest website includes helpful resources and a classroom-ready lesson plan!
The Contest asks students to explore the question: “Discuss how the Constitution establishes and maintains a culture of liberty”. Essayists are asked to analyze and discuss:
- How one of the Founding principles established in the Constitution helps preserve liberty
- Why at least one Founder, as evidenced in a primary source document, believed their chosen principle was a safeguard to liberty
- Why the principle is important today
- How they personally have helped preserve a culture of unalienable rights, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in America
Students with the top essay in each of the five contest regions will receive $1,000 in cash and you, as the sponsoring teacher, will receive $100 for each of your students who place in the contest.
Essay may be submitted between Constitution Day – September 17, 2011 through Bill of Rights Day - December 15, 2011. All contest entries are due by 11:59 (PST) on December 15, 2011. For more information, the complete prize structure and resources to help students write their essays – visit the Contest website:



Public page updated: 7/26/2011