Wheeler Encourages High School Students to Apply for Scholarship From the National Foundation for Women Legislators

CRYSTAL LAKE – Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) is reaching out to young women who are juniors or seniors in high school and encouraging them apply for the 18th 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 a $3,000 college scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to NFWL’s 2015 Annual Conference. The Conference will take place September 11-15 at the Renaissance Hotel in Oklahoma City.

“This scholarship is not merely a great opportunity for young women to earn a college scholarship, it is a great leadership opportunity,” said Wheeler. “At the NFWL conference in September, scholarship winners will have the chance experience a number of things that will help them with public speaking, networking, and converse one-on-one with women lawmakers from across the country. This is a great chance for young women to start on the path to become the leaders of tomorrow, so I hope that many of the talented young women from our area will apply.”

Application Requirements:
Application Packet:
The following materials should be EMAILED as separate documents, to meghan@womenlegislators.org
by the deadline.
1. Completed Essay Contest Application Form
2. Final Essay
3. One (1) Letter of Recommendation from a teacher, advisor, employer, etc.
4. One (1) Letter of Recommendation from an elected woman official in your state.

Applicants must be:
• College-bound female high school juniors or seniors (Class of 2015 or Class of 2016)
• Available to attend the NFWL Annual conference, September 11-15 in Oklahoma City, OK, where they will be presented with the award.

Deadline: Essays are due no later than 5pm (Eastern Time) on Friday, June 12, 2015. Essays received after this date will not be considered for the contest.

Essay: Select one of the five freedoms protected under the First Amendment: Speech, Religion, Press, Assembly, or Petition.
Read 5 recent news articles about the freedom you’ve chosen and it’s relation to gender equality.
Use the articles you’ve read to guide your ideas.
Write an essay about how this freedom has helped or hindered women throughout history on the road to equality, and what still needs to change in order to bring women to equal standing.

Important: The Scholarship Committee will weigh four specific elements in submissions: In addition to the basics of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and writing style, the judges will be looking for essays with (1) historical research, insight and perspective, (2) demonstrated understanding of the American Constitution (3) inspirational quality and (4) meaningful personal connection.

Format: 400-600 words, single spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman. Essays must be
submitted as a separate PDF document.

To obtain and application form and learn more about this opportunity, call Rep. Wheeler’s District Office at 847-973-0064, or visit the NFWL website for information and to download an application: http://www.womenlegislators.org/nfwl-nra-scholarship-program.

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