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Rep. Ashe encourages young women to enter $3,000 scholarship essay contest

Date: 5/24/2010

The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) and the National Rifle Association are co-sponsoring their 13th annual Bill of Rights Essay Contest for college-bound female high school juniors and seniors, which this year will be titled "Freedom and Civic Virtues." The contest's seven winners will each receive a $3,000 college scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to NFWL's Annual Conference Nov. 18 through 22 at The Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla., where they will network with, be mentored by and speak to hundreds of women lawmakers from across the United States.

"This is an excellent opportunity for local members of the Classes of 2010 and 2011," State Rep. Brian Ashe, D-Longmeadow, said. "This contest will help seven young women enhance their understanding of the role of women in politics through a hands-on learning experience. It provides an excellent opportunity to develop leadership skills while assisting with college tuition expenses.

"The Millennial Generation is the future of American politics," Ashe continued. "By under-standing and explaining the importance of American virtues and rights, young women can make a lasting impact on the future of American policies. This essay contest is an opportunity for young women to win a college scholarship while making their voices heard on the true intentions of the Bill of Rights."

Entries must be received or postmarked no later than July 30, after which an NFWL selection committee will judge each essay and determine the seven winners. The judges will primarily weigh the factors of storytelling, understanding of the Bill of Rights and original insight.

The NFWL enables women lawmakers to be more effective leaders. NFWL provides women members of Congress, state legislators, county commissioners and city council members with strategic resources, including debates and briefings on the issues, leadership skill development and opportunities for networking.

Questions by potential applicants may be directed to Rep. Brian Ashe at 754-4184 or to the NFWL office at (202) 293-3040 ext. 1005. Those interested can also e-mail scholarships@womenlegislators or visit