2002-03-16 / Community

Smith Announces Scholars Contest

Smith Announces Scholars Contest

Smith Announces Scholars Contest

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D- Queens) announced that the New York Council for the Humanities is encouraging high school students from across the State to enter the 2002 Young Scholars Contest, a competition requiring students to write an essay based on extensive analytical research.

"The topic for this year’s contest, ‘Exploring Islamic Civilization,’ is especially appropriate in light of September 11 attacks on our nation," Senator Smith said. "This contest will present students with a chance to learn more about the traditions and people of the Islamic world."

Possible areas for study and research include literature, philosophy and the arts; systems of belief and worship; and cities and geography.

Participants must be full-time students in grades nine to twelve in a New York State school during the 2001-2002 school year. The essay must be 2,000 to 3,000 words long (not including the bibliography), and printed on 8 ½ by 11-inch paper with one-inch margins. The submission deadline is May 3, 2002.

"Essays will be judged on the research involved; the persuasiveness of the argument; the structure of the essay and its originality," Senator Smith said.

The awards will be given as follows: $5,000 for first prize, $3,000 for second prize; $2,000 for third prize; three honorable mention awards of $500 each; and twelve $250 special promise awards for students judged as deserving of special recognition and who come from schools where less than half of the graduates attend four-year colleges. Awards will be paid to students once they present evidence that they are full-time matriculated students in a college or university.

An awards ceremony will be held for the winners this October. All entries should be sent (not faxed or e-mailed) to: New York Council for the Humanities, Young Scholars Contest, 150 Broadway, Suite 1700, New York, NY 10038.

For more information on the contest, as well as resources on Islamic civilization, interested students may visit the Council’s website at www.nyhumanities.org. Students may also e-mail the Council at education@nyhumanities.org, or call 212-233-1131 ext. 24.

"I hope many students in my district will take advantage of a unique opportunity to study a timely and important topic," Senator Smith said. "Gaining a greater understanding and respect for others is a vital ingredient in advancing the goal of global peace."


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