Schafer encourages students to enter scholarship contest

Schafer encourages students to enter scholarship contest The National Foundation for Women Legislators and the National Rifle Association are co-sponsoring their seventh annual essay contest for college-bound female high school juniors and seniors, which this year will be titled "The Millennial American Dream."

The contest's seven winners will each receive a $3,000 college scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to NFWL's annual conference in November, where they will network with, be mentored by and speak to hundreds of women lawmakers from across the United States.

"This is an excellent opportunity for local members of the Class of 2004 and 2005," said NFWL member Representative Donna Schafer of Vermillion. "This contest will help seven young women demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of current issues and the U.S. Constitution, ignite their passion for public policy, develop their leadership skills and attend college."

"Since September 11th, today's teens, the millennial generation, have been called to a mission at an unexpectedly young age," said Schafer. "The current crisis and the War on Terrorism are causing all American leaders and citizens to struggle with new questions about the future of America. This essay contest is an opportunity not only to win a college scholarship, but an opportunity for young women to make their voices heard on these vital questions of our time."

The essay must be postmarked by Monday, Sept. 21, and received by NFWL no later than Friday, Sept. 25, after which an NFWL selection committee will judge each essay � and determine the seven winners. The judges will weigh such factors as original research and analysis, knowledge and understanding of current issues and the United States Constitution, fresh insight, story-telling skills and other expressive and persuasive writing skills.

The National Foundation for woman Legislators (NFWL) enables women lawmakers to be more effective. NFWL provides women members of Congress and state legislators with strategic resources, including opportunities for networking, leadership skill development, and debates and briefings on the issues.

Questions by potential applicants may be directed to Schafer at 605-624-4819 or to the NFWL office, 202-293-3040 ext. 1006. E-mail: nfwl@womenlegislators.org. Web site: www.womenlegislators.org.

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