2003-05-30 / Community

Young Women Encouraged To Enter Essay Contest

Young Women Encouraged To Enter Essay Contest

State Senator Ada L. Smith announced that the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) is co-sponsoring their sixth annual essay contest for college-bound female high school juniors and seniors.

This year’s conference, entitled "Women of Courage and Valor," will also be co-sponsored by the National Rifle Association. 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 September, where they will network with, be mentored by, and speak to hundreds of woman lawmakers from across the United States.

"This is an excellent opportunity for seven young women to 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," said the Queens lawmaker.

A member of NFWL herself, Senator Smith was elected to the powerful position of Conference Chair of the New York State Senate Democratic Conference. In this capacity, Senator Smith works closely with the newly elected Senate Democratic Leader David A. Paterson to carry out conference policies.

"Since September 11, today’s teens have found themselves being called to a mission at an unexpectedly young age," said Senator Smith. "The current crisis and the War on Terrorism are causing all American leaders and citizens to struggle with new questions about courage and bravery. This essay contest is a chance not only to win a college scholarship, but is an opportunity for young women to make their voices heard on these vital questions of our time."

The deadline for essay submission is June 23, after which an NFWL selection committee will judge each essay and determine the final 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.

According to Senator Smith, the National Foundation for Women Legislators enables women lawmakers to be more effective. What’s more, NFWL provides female members of Congress and state legislators with strategic resources, including opportunities for networking, leadership skill development, and debates and briefings on the issues.

Interested applicants may contact Julie Swaney via e-mail at nfwl@ erols.com for more information.


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