PUBLISHED: 2:31 PM on Wednesday, March 9, 2005
Sen. Davis promotes essay contest for girl
JUNEAU - The National Foundation for Women Legislators and the National Rifle Association are co-sponsoring their eighth annual essay contest for college-bound female high school juniors and seniors. This year's contest is entitled "Champions of Liberty." The contest's seven winners will each receive a $3,000 college scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to NFWL's Annual Conference this fall, 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 Class of 2005 and 2006," said Senator Bettye Davis, a member of the NFWL. "This contest will help seven young women demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of current issues and the U.S. Constitution, ignite their passion for public policy, develop their leadership skills and attend college."

"James Madison, George Mason and dozens of American leaders and justices since their day have ensured Americans are protected by the Bill of Rights," said Senator Davis. "By sharing with women lawmakers across America the stories and legacies of these champions of liberty, young women can have a real impact. This essay is an opportunity for young women to win a college scholarship while making their voices heard on the meaning of the Bill of Rights"

The essay must be postmarked by Monday, June 13, 2005 and received by NFWL no later than Friday, June 17, 2005, 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 National Foundation for Women Legislators enables women lawmakers to be more effective. The organization provides women members of Congress and state legislators with strategic resources, including opportunities for networking, leadership skill development, and debates and briefings on the issues.

Questions by potential applicants may be directed to Senator Davis at 1-800-770-3822 or to the NFWL office, 202-293-3040 ext. 1006

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