The National Rifle Association Civil Rights Defense Fund Youth Essay Contest is open to students in grades kindergarten through 12. To be eligible, you must submit an essay of about 1,000 words on the following topic: “The Second Amendment to the Constitution: Why it is important to our nation.” Homeschooled students may apply. See the website for more details on how to apply.
Deadline: December 1, 2010
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NOTE: Extended deadline to apply is Friday, July 14th, 2017 by 5pm Eastern Time
Congratulations on your decision to apply for 20th Annual National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) – National Rifle Association (NRA) Bill of Rights Essay Contest! Each year, NFWL and the NRA join forces to provide six female high school juniors and seniors (Class of 2017 or 2018) a $3,000 college scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to NFWL’s Annual Conference. This year’s conference will take place November 14 – 18 at the Loews Minneapolis Hotel in Minneapolis, MN. Please carefully read the following instructions. Good luck!
Application Packet:The following materials should be submitted via the online form below
- Submission of contact information
- Final Essay
- One (1) Letter of Recommendation from a teacher, advisor, employer, etc.
- One (1) Letter of Recommendation from a currently elected woman at the state or local level
Eligibility:Applicants must be
- 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
Deadline: Completed applications must be received no later than 5pm (Eastern Time) on Friday, July 14, 2017 to be considered for the scholarship contest.
2017 NFWL-NRA Bill of Rights National Essay Scholarship Topics
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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