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Bill of Rights essay contest open to young women nationwide

National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) 14th Annual Bill of Rights Essay Contest

Arizona Senator Linda Gray of District 10 would like to make homeschooled young women aware of this opportunity. For additional questions, please contact her office at lgray@azleg.gov or by phone at 602-926-3376.

Each year, the NFWL and the National Rifle Association co-sponsor an academic scholarship for seven high school juniors and seniors. Winners receive a $3,000 award and are given the opportunity to attend NFWL’s Annual Conference.

At the conference, the scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to learn about public policy, receive leadership training, and network with lawmakers from all 50 states. Several winners said their experience through the program strengthened their passion for public service. It is important to note that in order to enter the contest all applicants must be sponsored by a woman legislator from their respective state. Sponsoring legislators of the awardees will receive an NFWL travel scholarship to attend the Annual Conference taking place August 11-15, 2011 at the Marriott in Downtown Des Moines, Iowa in exchange for their participation in the entire conference with their student.

This year’s essay topic is entitled “The Impact of the First Amendment on Women Leaders and Social Media,” in which applicants are asked to describe the rise of social media and what it means for the future of democracy and the interaction between citizens and both women candidates and elected women leaders. “Social media and the Bill of Rights will significantly impact the future of

American politics,” said Senator Gray. “By understanding and explaining social media’s impact in elections as well as the Bill of Rights, young women can make a lasting impact on the future of American policies. This essay contest is an opportunity for young women to win a college scholarship while making their voices heard on the true intentions of the Bill of Rights.”

The application deadline is June 3, by which time essays must be received or postmarked to NFWL. The application is also available on the website at www.womenlegislators.org/.

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