“Keeping the Dream Alive” Essay Contest

Attention Youth of East Chicago!!!!!

Leadership Northwest Indiana & South Shore 

Leadership Youth for Community Engagement 

“Keeping the Dream Alive” 2013 and Beyond! 
Essay Competition 



Essay Competition Offers Once In a Lifetime Opportunities! 
We are excited to present a unique, new and exciting opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to not only receive a $500 scholarship but a trip to Washing-ton D.C., with a possibility of meeting President Obama! All of this and more will be awarded to three winners chosen through an essay competition presented by the NWI “Keeping the Dream Alive” 2013 and Beyond Project, First Kingdom Management/Be A King Foundation of Atlanta, Georgia along with Leadership North-west Indiana (LNI)/South Shore Leadership for Youth Community Engagement (SLYCE) Program. 

All those who wish to take advantage of this opportunity will submit a type-written thesis on the topic “21st Century Strategies for Diversity and Inclusion-Bettering our Community. Seven-Semi Finalist will be chosen based on the submittal of their thesis. Three Finalist winners will be selected upon the review and selection of their completed written essays. Through this topic and our vision of “Keeping the Dream Alive” 2013 and Beyond-Moving from Rhetoric to Action, we hope to empower these students to explore how their ideas can be turned into actions to contribute to a more inclusive region. 

Please review and distribute the attached document containing the guidelines for this year’s scholarship competition to any interested parties, particularly any Government, Civics or English instructors, to be shared with your junior and senior students. We value the youth in your community and the potential they have to better the 7-county region of Northwest Indiana and beyond! 

“Keeping the Dream Alive”2013 and Beyond 
Moving from Rhetoric to Action 
Scholarship Guidelines 
Be A King Foundation along with Leadership Northwest Indiana and the South Shore Leadership Youth for Community Engagement (SLYCE) Program are looking for all high school juniors and seniors from the 7- County (Porter, Lake, La Porte, Starke, Pulaski, Newton, and Jasper) Northwest Indiana Region for a new and unique essay competition. The three high school students who are chosen for this prestigious award will receive: 

• A $500 scholarship 
• An opportunity to be a VIP guest to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Monument in Washington, D.C. in Summer of 2014 
• An opportunity to present their winning essay at “The Dream Symposium” (1 p.m., Sat. Feb. 23rd
• Attendance at a reception/book signing with Dr. Bernice A. King (youngest daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King) 
• Brunch with Dr. King (11 a.m., Sat. Feb. 23rd
• VIP Guest status at the “Keeping the Dream Alive” Youth Rally (9 a.m., Sat. Feb. 23rd
• Publication of essay in “A Journal for Diversity & Inclusion” Publication 
• Distribution of essay to local newspapers for print 


Eligibility Requirements 
We ask that all who wishes to be considered submit a 50 to 150 word thesis statement on the topic “21st Century Strategies for Diversity & Inclusion-Bettering Community” no later than Friday, January 25th at 5 p.m. Finalists will be notified no later than January 28th
From these submissions a group of seven semi- finalists will be selected and notified. These finalists will write a 750 to 1000 word essay based on their submitted thesis no later than Monday, February 11th at 5 p.m. 
All submissions should be made electronically to essay@leadershipnwi.org. Please keep in mind that all submissions will be scored with the Six Traits of Writing in mind. The writers of the selected essays will be expected to attend all events of the Youth Rally/”Dream” Symposium on Saturday, February 23rd


Writing Format Requirements: 
Title Page, Page Numbering, and Source Page 
Students should review the 6+1 Traits of Writing Rubric 

Submitted Essay should be presented in APA or MLA Writing Format 
We look forward to receiving submissions from the bright young leaders in your schools. If there are any questions on this opportunity 
please email essay@leadershipnwi.org Or call 219-465-6818. 


Visit our website @ www.KeepingtheDreamAlive.org 


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