Kansas State Representative Bowers Encourages Young Women to Enter $3,000 Scholarship Essay Contest

Press Release
April 20, 2011
Contact: Rep. Elaine Bowers
785 243-3325x2

The National Foundation for Women Legislators and the National Rifle Association are co-sponsoring their fourteenth annual Bill of Rights Essay Contest for college-bound female high school juniors and seniors, which this year will be entitled “The Impact of the First Amendment on Women Leaders and Social Media.” The contest’s seven winners will each receive a $3,000 college scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to NFWL’s Annual Conference and 73rd Anniversary
August 11-15, 2011 at The Marriott in Downtown Des Moines, Iowa 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 2011 and 2012,” said NFWL member and Kansas State Director, Rep. Elaine Bowers. “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.”

“Social media and the Bill of Rights will significantly impact the future of American politics,” said Rep. Bowers. “By understanding and explaining social media’s impact in elections as well as the Bill of 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 June 3, 2011, 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 (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. Bowers at
785 243-4256 or to the NFWL office, 202-293-3040 or email Representative Bowers at elaine.bowers@house.ks.gov.

E-mail: events@womenlegislators.org. Website: www.womenlegislators.org.