Effective writing and scholarships program 2011–12 High School Seniors English Essay Contest



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Queer Foundation

EFFECTIVE WRITING AND SCHOLARSHIPS PROGRAM



2011–12 High School Seniors English Essay Contest

To promote effective writing by, about, and/or for queer youth, the Queer Foundation offers to the winners of the 2011–12 high school seniors English essay contest $1,000 scholarships to attend the U.S. college or university of their choice in the 2012–13 academic year to study queer theory or related fields.



THEME

The theme of the contest is pink ink ("We write not only about different things; we also write differently"—Brecht).

The following approaches are suggestions only.


  1. We're Here and We're Queer: Interviews with Queer Teenagers and Their Friends

  2. Living Healthy as Queer Teenagers

  3. Queer Youth around the World

  4. Getting Smart: Education Issues of Queer Teenagers

Judges will award points based on originality, accuracy, objectivity, and effectiveness (the ability to change readers' opinions, attitudes, or behavior). Grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation count. All entries become the property of the Queer Foundation. Contest winners must agree to the use by the Queer Foundation of their names, images, and biographical information in promotional efforts related to the Queer Foundation Effective Writing and Scholarships Program.

How Are Queer Scholars Selected?

Successful gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their friends volunteering their time identify and coach talented and academically gifted queer youth in writing an essay dealing with the announced theme. Their friends can also submit essays. A panel of judges will evaluate the essays. Authors of winning essays will be invited to an interview and, upon passing the interview and reference check, will be awarded $1,000 scholarships to the U.S. college of their choice.



What Support Do Queer Scholars Receive and What Is Expected of Them?

Queer Scholars receive mentoring, academic advising, and tutoring to enable them to succeed in their studies. In return they are required to (a) maintain a suitable grade point average as determined by the college, (b) practice self care, and (c) give back to the community through doing community service, authoring queer studies papers, and/or mentoring high school or other college students.

Using your word processor, fill in your information in the following form. As necessary, copy and paste prompts to provide additional space for requested information, such as to identify other school(s) attended. Then print it out, sign the last page, and mail by February 18, 2012, to

Queer Foundation

3213 W. Wheeler St., #145

Seattle, WA 98199



SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
Date of Application:

Title of English Essay:

U.S. College/University of Choice (if known):

Applicant's Name:

Date of Birth:

Mailing Address:

City, State or Country:

Postal/ZIP Code:

Email Address:

Phone Number:




High School(s) Attended
School Name:

City, State or Country:

School Website (if available):

Dates of Attendance: from (mo./yr.) to (mo./yr.)

Date of Graduation (if applicable): (mo./yr.)


Colleges/Universities Attended (if applicable)

College/University Name:

City, State or Country:

Dates of Attendance: from (mo./yr.) to (mo./yr.)




Employment History
Company Name:

City, State or Country:

Dates of Employment: from (mo./yr.) to (mo./yr.)

Job Title/Type of Work:

Supervisor's Name:


Volunteer and Community Service

Name of Organization:

City, State or Country:

Dates: from (mo./yr.) to (mo./yr.)

Job Title/Type of Work:

Supervisor's Name:




Awards and Recognition
Date of Award or Recognition (mo./yr.)

Description:




References
Provide the names of three adults, not family members, who know you well and whom you have asked to serve as your references. At least one of these should be an English teacher or other individual who knows your writing.
Name of Reference:

Address:

City, State or Country:

Email address:

Phone Number:

Name of Reference:

Address:

City, State or Country:

Email address:

Phone Number:

Name of Reference:

Address:

City, State or Country:

Email address:



Phone Number:

I acknowledge that my entry, including my English essay, becomes the property of the Queer Foundation.
I subscribe to the non-discrimination policy, found in Article VII of the Queer Foundation Bylaws, prohibiting discrimination based on race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, physical or mental handicap, veteran status, or marital status.
I understand that, to be considered for a scholarship, I must email my English essay to queerfoundation@queerfoundation.org on or before February 18, 2012. In addition, I will mail my signed scholarship application by February 18 (postmark) to the address below.
I give my permission for representatives of the Queer Foundation to contact the references I have listed above and to identify me as a scholarship applicant in the Queer Foundation Effective Writing and Scholarships Program.
Check one below:
[ ] The Queer Foundation may send mail to the mailing address listed on this application.
[ ] I request that the Queer Foundation not send mail to the mailing address listed on this application.
Applicant's signature: Date:
Mail your completed application to

Queer Foundation

3213 W. Wheeler St., #145

Seattle, WA 98199
Also email your English essay to queerfoundation@queerfoundation.org.


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