State Senator Elaine Bowers (R-Concordia) encourages young women to enter a $3,000 scholarship essay contest.
The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) and the National Rifle Association are sponsoring the 18th Annual Bill of Rights Essay Scholarship for college-bound female high school juniors and seniors.
“This is an excellent opportunity for young women in North Central Kansas to gain leadership skills and learn about the Bill of Rights,” said Sen. Bowers. “In the past, we’ve had applicants from Lincoln and Concordia, but I hope to see more communities represented.”
This year’s essay topic is “One of the five freedoms protected under the First Amendment: Speech, Religion, Press, Assembly or Petition.” Contest winners will be awarded a $3,000 college scholarship and receive an all-expense-paid trip to Oklahoma City, where they will join Sen. Bowers for NFWL’s Annual Conference on September 11-15. While there, they will meet hundreds of women lawmakers from across the country.
Entries must be received or postmarked no later than June 12, 2015. Six winners will be determined by a NFWL selection committee. Essays will be judged on research, understanding of the American Constitution, inspirational quality and personal connection.
The NFWL was established in 1938. It is a non-partisan organization that encourages women to participate in public policy. The NFWL serves female Members of Congress, state legislators, county commissioners and city council members. Sen. Bowers is a national board member.
For additional information search for “nfwl nra bill of rights essay contest”, visit www.womenlegislators.org, or contact Sen. Bowers at 785-243-3325 ext 2. Applicants may also email Sen. Bowers at [email protected]