The scholarship is not merely a great opportunity for young women to earn a college scholarship, it is a great leadership opportunity. At the NFWL conference in September, scholarship winners will have the chance experience a number of things that will help them with public speaking, networking, and converse one-on-one with women lawmakers from across the country. This is a great chance for young women to start on the path to become the leaders of tomorrow.
The following materials should be EMAILED as separate documents, to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline.
1. Completed Essay Contest Application Form
2. Final Essay
3. One (1) Letter of Recommendation from a teacher, advisor, employer, etc.
4. One (1) Letter of Recommendation from an elected woman official in your state.
Applicants must be:
• College-bound female high school juniors or seniors (Class of 2015 or Class of 2016)
• Available to attend the NFWL Annual conference, September 11-15 in Oklahoma City, OK, where they will be presented with the award.
Deadline: Essays are due no later than 5pm (Eastern Time) on Friday, June 12, 2015. Essays received after this date will not be considered for the contest.
Essay: Select one of the five freedoms protected under the First Amendment: Speech, Religion, Press, Assembly, or Petition.
Read 5 recent news articles about the freedom you’ve chosen and it’s relation to gender equality.
Use the articles you’ve read to guide your ideas.
Write an essay about how this freedom has helped or hindered women throughout history on the road to equality, and what still needs to change in order to bring women to equal standing.
Important: The Scholarship Committee will weigh four specific elements in submissions: In addition to the basics of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and writing style, the judges will be looking for essays with (1) historical research, insight and perspective, (2) demonstrated understanding of the American Constitution (3) inspirational quality and (4) meaningful personal connection.
Format: 400-600 words, single spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman. Essays must be submitted as a separate PDF document.
To obtain and application form and learn more about this opportunity, call Rep. Wheeler’s District Office at 847-973-0064, or visit the NFWL website to download an application: http://www.womenlegislators.org/nfwl-nra-scholarship-program.