For 20 years now, the National Foundation for Women Legislators & the National Rifle Association have joined forces for the Annual Bill of Rights Essay Scholarship Contest; which provides six female high school juniors or seniors (Class of 2017 or 2018) a $3,000 NFWL/NRA Bill of Rights Essay Contest Scholarship, an all-expense-paid trip to NFWL’s Annual Conference, and an award that will be presented at the event.
Who is eligible to apply for a NFWL/NRA Bill of Rights Essay Contest Scholarship?
- College-bound female high school juniors or seniors (Class of 2017 or Class of 2018)
- Available to attend the NFWL Annual conference, November 14 – 18 in Minneapolis, MN, where they will be presented with the award
How do you apply for this scholarship?
Essay: Pick ONE out of the three topics below and write a 400 – 600 word essay. The essay should be single-spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman. Essays must be submitted as a PDF document through the online form below.
- The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the freedom of speech, and women have played influential roles in uniting the country on important issues. Give a recent example of how an elected female official brought a community together during difficult times, how her perspective as a female made the difference, and how she changed her community’s viewpoint to respect women in leadership.
- In 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton held the first Women’s Rights Convention (WRC) and presented “The Declaration of Sentiments,” in which she declared that women and men are equal. The WRC evolved into the National Woman Suffrage Association, which led to the 19th Amendment being passed and ratified. In the 1800s, who were other women setting the pathway for women’s rights to become a reality? And how did their works of composition influence Americans to shift in favor of women’s rights
- Women only represent 24% of elected officials in America, yet women are 54% of the American populous. Although the 19th Amendment has protected women’s rights to vote for almost 100 years, why do women not hold the majority of elected offices in America? What does research show as hindrances for women running for office? How would you resolve this issue?
Judging Criteria: In addition to the basics of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and writing style, the judges will be looking for essays with the four following criteria:
- historical research, insight, and perspective
- demonstrated understanding of the American Constitution
- inspirational quality
- meaningful personal connection.
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How much is the NFWL/NRA Bill of Rights Essay Contest Scholarship worth?
Six scholarships worth $3000 each will be awarded!
When is the deadline to apply for a NFWL/NRA Bill of Rights Essay Contest Scholarship?
The deadline to apply is Monday, July 10th, 2017 by 5pm Eastern Time.
Best of luck to all applicants!