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1 DUE JANUARY 5, 2009 Scholarship Essay Assignment

2 The Effectiveness of Nonviolent Civic Action Contest Essay Contest Question: The Effectiveness of Nonviolent Civic Action Throughout history, when people have sought to create political change, they have often used violent methods. Many of history's benchmarks revolve around conflicts waged violently against oppressive regimes. Yet, there are examples of nonviolent civic actions and campaigns being used, often in combination, to resist and challenge repression, seek justice, develop civil society, and achieve social change. The 20th century, despite its numerous and bloody wars, also witnessed significant movements of strategic nonviolence: Mahatma Gandhi's campaigns against British colonial rule in India; the labor movement Solidarity’s struggle for workers' rights in Poland; the student-led campaign OTPOR (resistance)'s crusade to bring down Slobodan Milosevic in Serbia; and churches' efforts in promoting and protecting human rights during the military junta in Chile. Nonviolent methods ranging from sit-ins, demonstrations, strikes, economic boycotts, and refusal to pay taxes, can be powerful means of bringing about positive change. However, such methods can also be manipulated to destabilize societies as many historians contend occurred in Russia during the years leading up to the Russian Revolution. Some caution that these methods can also undermine efforts at promoting or sustaining democracy as seen in the past decade in Venezuela or Thailand. In addition, not all attempts to protest nonviolently succeed in bringing sustained social and political change, as is the case with the ongoing campaign for political autonomy in Tibet over the past 50 years, or the human rights and democracy campaign in Myanmar (Burma) in recent decades. A critical question, therefore, is under what conditions will nonviolent civic actions most likely achieve justice, end conflict or lead to positive political and social change?

3 contest In a 1,500-word essay: Select two international examples, one successful and one unsuccessful, where nonviolent methods were used to foster significant social and political change. For each example, describe the goals of the nonviolent campaign, the nature of the changes that were sought through nonviolent means, the parties involved, and the specific methods they used. What were the consequences of the nonviolent initiative? Explain why each example was successful or unsuccessful. Explore the obstacles and challenges to bringing about change through nonviolent civic action. Make recommendations for how citizens, civil society groups, nations and/or the international community can best support effective nonviolent efforts that bring about meaningful change and promote peace, justice and equality.

4 Dr Seuss Oh, the places you’ll go Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! College Scholarship recognizes high school seniors who understand and value the limitless possibilities that education can offer with a scholarship award. “Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you. And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t Stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.” —Oh, the Places You’ll Go! ESSAY QUESTION: Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! delivers an important message about the chances and the troubles that life presents. Thinking about the book, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, what kinds of opportunities and challenges do you think your education will present in the future? Applicants must be 12th grade high school students graduating spring 2010, age 21 years or under. (Family members; employees of Bertelsmann; Random House, Inc.; or its subsidiaries, divisions or affiliates are ineligible.) 1st Place $5,000—One Scholarship Awarded Scholarship award will be made by Random House, Inc. directly to your choice of post-secondary educational institution. First award will be paid during the year Please note, that acceptance of scholarship amoney may effect your eligibility for other financial aid. Please check with your college or advisor. Winner will be announced and posted on the Random House, Inc., Web site, by May 1, 2010.www.ohtheplaces.org

5 Compositions are judged by their technical merit. We are looking for writing with a strong, clear voice by authors who are original, creative, and draw clear connections back to Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go!. Compositions should answer the question fully. 1. You must be a high school senior. 2. Your original literary composition must be submitted in personal essay/memoir format. 3. All submissions must be typed, double-spaced, and no longer than one page (500 words) with a minimum font size of 12 point. 4. Include your name and the title of your entry at the top of your submission. 5. No handwritten entries 6. No photos or drawings. 7. You may submit only one entry to the competition. 8. Foreign language submissions and previously published or awarded material will not be accepted. 9. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE ORIGINAL WORKS. NO PLAGIARISM, NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT. DEADLINE: Entries must be postmarked by February 15, 2010, and mailed to Oh, the Places Scholarship Program

6 JFK profile in courage essay contest Essay Topic Students are asked to write an original and creative essay of less than 1,000 words that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage. Students should use a variety of sources such as newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews to address the following topic:political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage Describe and analyze the decisions, actions, and risks of an elected public official in the United States since 1956 who has courageously addressed a political issue at the local, state, national, or international level. All submissions must adhere to contest requirements.requirements

7 Requirements Essay submissions will be accepted starting September 1, The deadline for the contest is Saturday, January 9, Essays can be no more than 1,000 words. Citations and bibliography are not included in the word count. Essays must be the original work of the student. John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Edward M. Kennedy are not eligible subjects for essays. Essays must describe how an elected official demonstrated political courage by addressing an issue at the local, state, or national level. See Contest Information and Writing Tips for more information. Contest InformationWriting Tips Essays about previous Profile in Courage Award recipients will be disqualified unless they describe an act of political courage other than the act for which the award was given.previous Profile in Courage Award recipients Source Material Essays with fewer than five listed sources may be disqualified. All participants must cite sources they used to research their topic throughout their essay. Please use parenthetical citations within the text. We can not accept citations in footnote form. Essays must include a bibliography (using any one of the recognized formats). You must use a minimum of five selected sources. Please refer to the Prepare Your Essay section information on Citing Sources and Bibliographies.Prepare Your EssayCiting Sources and Bibliographies Essays which rely solely on Internet sources may be disqualified. Essay Submission Students have the choice of either submitting their essay online (preferred) or of mailing their essay. All students must complete and submit a registration form online for student and school information. For instructions on how to submit your essay, see Submit your Essay.Submit your Essay Mailed in essays must be postmarked by January 9, Nominating Teachers All students must list the name of their nominating teacher on the registration form. The role of a nominating teacher is to provide students with support and advice during the writing of their essay. Nominating teachers are also asked to read students' essays to make suggestions for improvement before they are submitted to the essay contest. As part of this review process, the nominating teacher reviews the essay for syntax, grammatical, typographical and spelling errors and ensures the essay meets the contest requirements listed above. The first place winner and his/her nominating teacher, as representatives of their school, will be invited to receive awards at the annual Profile in Courage Award ceremony held each May at the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. Nominating teachers can be former or current teachers, but must still be teaching at the same high school as the essay participant. Usually students ask their English or History/Social Studies teachers. In very few cases, we will make an exception if a student is unable to ask a teacher from their high school to be their nominating teacher. The parent or legal guardian responsible for the instruction of home schooled students can also serve as a nominating teacher.

8 Foreclosure.com Foreclosure.com Scholarship Program at a Glance Foreclosure.com is breaking new ground by offering a scholarship program. All college students, graduate students, law students and incoming freshman for the 2010 school year are invited to apply by submitting an essay. This year's topic is "How to solve the foreclosure crisis." Essay Topic: "How to solve the foreclosure crisis" Deadline: Dec. 31, 2009 Requirements: Minimum 1,000 words, Maximum 2,500 Awards: Five winners will be selected Top prize $5,000 Second through fifth place will receive $1,000 each Questions or comments regarding the essay or the Foreclosure.com Scholarship Program can be sent to Or call us at ext.

9 hip/index.html Foreclosure.com is looking for the most creative ideas on how to solve the current foreclosure crisis. And who better to call on than the most talented and innovative students in the nation. We're currently experiencing a very challenging and volatile period in real estate because of a recession that has hit homeowners everywhere very hard. It's possible that it could still get worse before it gets better. That's the reason we're asking for your help. If you are a college student, graduate student, law student or incoming freshman for the 2010 school year and think you know "How to solve the foreclosure crisis" we want to hear from you. And we're willing to reward you for your efforts in the form of scholarship money.

10 Holocaust Remembrance Project Essay Contest Deadline – April 2, 2010 Read all of the Contest Rules. Entries that do not adhere to these rules and guidelines will not be judged. ELIGIBILITY: This contest is open to all students age 19 and under who meet the following criteria: 1) are currently enrolled as a high school student in grades 9-12 (including home schooled students), or who are high school seniors who may graduate high school any time in 2010, or who are enrolled in a high school equivalency program; and (2) are residents of the United States, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, or are U.S. citizens living abroad. WRITING PROMPT and WORD COUNT: Students responding to this year's writing contest should study the Holocaust and then, in an essay of no more than 1,200 words: (a) analyze why it is vital that the remembrance, history and lessons of the Holocaust be passed on to a new generation; and (b) suggest what young people can do to combat and prevent prejudice, discrimination and violence in our world today. SUBMISSION: All essays must be submitted by U.S. Postal Service (or other delivery company) to Holocaust Remembrance Project, Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation, 100 North Tampa Street, Suite 4100, Tampa, FL All entries must be received at the aforementioned address by 6:00 p.m. (EST) on April 2, Please include two (2) copies of your word-processed double-spaced essay (1" margins) of NO MORE THAN 1,200 WORDS. The essays must be written in English. Every student must also submit a completed and signed copy of the Entry Form. Attach the Entry Form to the two copies of your essay, and mail together. Do not mail the Entry Form separate from the essay. Entries may not be sent by or by facsimile. There is no online submission option to this essay contest. Your submission should contain text only, and no graphics or pictures.Entry Form REFERENCES: While this is a creative writing contest, research must be an integral component of the writing process. Every essay must include a Works Cited, Reference Page, or Bibliography citing all materials used in the research and writing of the essay. When conducting your word count, do not include words contained on your cover page or words used in your Works Cited, Reference Page, or Bibliography. YOUR NAME: We will identify your essay by your Entry Form that is attached to your two copies of the essay. You may place your name on your title page (if you have one) but please do not include your name anywhere on any page of your essay.

11 AUTHORSHIP and FORMAT: Each essay submitted must be the work of one student and may not be the collective work of more than one student. The essay must be in prose format and may be a commentary or interpretation of primary and secondary source material such as historical and reference material; oral histories; interviews, eyewitness accounts; official documents, maps, diaries, correspondence, testimonies, autobiographies and works of poetry, video or audiotapes, films, art, CD-ROM and Internet sources. The essay must be primarily directed toward this year's writing prompt. The essay must not be a fictitious story, poem, or lyrics to a song. JUDGING: Entries will be judged anonymously and will not be returned to students. Submissions that adhere to the guidelines will be judged with special attention to: (1) evidence of relevant reading and thoughtful use of resource materials; (2) treatment of the assigned theme; (3) clear and effective language, mechanics and grammar; and, (4) a coherent pan of organization. ORIGINAL WORKS: By submitting an essay, applicants certify that their essays are original, authored solely by them and that in writing their essay the writer did not plagiarize or otherwise infringe upon the rights of any third parties. CERTIFICATES OF PARTICIPATION: Certificates of Participation will be issued by to all students who enter an essay to the Holocaust Remembrance Project and provide a working address in their entry form. Certificates will be printed out by recipients. WINNERS: Winners will be notified of contest results and winning essays will be posted to our Web site by June 1, The ten First-Place Winners and teachers chosen to accompany the group will join Holocaust survivors during an all-expense-paid trip to Los Angeles, California, tentatively scheduled for July 5-8, SCHOLARSHIPS: The ten First-Place Winners will be awarded college scholarships from $5,000 to $2,500. Announcement of awards will take place at a special event during the Los Angeles trip. Scholarships are directly paid to winners' post-secondary educational institutions after students have graduated from high school and upon Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation's receipt of copies of their registration paperwork from said post-secondary educational institutions. CASH PRIZES: Ten Second-Place Winners are awarded $500 cash prizes. Ten Third-Place Winners are awarded $250 cash prizes. These prizes are presented in the form of checks that are mailed to the address provided in the Second and Third Place Winners' entry forms.

12 Other ideas (not for class) get/ Tall Clubs International Scholarship. Do you tower over your peers? If so, you may be eligible to apply for a TCI scholarship. The height requirement minimums for this award are 5'10" for females and 6'2" for males. Scholarship awards are $1,000 each. Check out tall.org for scholarship requirements and procedures.tall.org 2. Is it rabbit season or duck season? I never know, but you can always try to win the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest. This is open to any high school senior in the US who is adept at calling ducks. The winner, gets a $1,500 scholarship, with first runner up getting $500, second runner-up getting $300, and third runner-up getting $200. Call or visit the web site for more information.Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest Did you ever think that milk would do the body as well as the wallet good? If you excel in academics, athletics, leadership, and community services while sporting a milk mustache, then you can get the Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) Award.Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year almost-anyone-can-get/


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