• Friday is the deadline to register for the ACT to be administered on Dec. 8. Late registration deadline, with fees is Nov. 16. Go to www.actstudent.org.
• First Freedom Student Competition: Essay and video contest open to students grade 9-12. $2,500 awards. Deadline is Nov. 12. Go to www.firstfreedom.org.
• FIRE Free Speech Essay Contest: Open to high school juniors and seniors. Multiple awards up to $10,000. Deadline is Nov. 25. Winners announced Dec. 21. Go to thefire.org.
• Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship: Open to any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States. Awards $1,000 to $15,000 per year. Applicants are judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need. Deadline is Dec. 7. Go to www.elks.org/enf/scholars/.