On December 8, 2018 the Greater Lansing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission held their High School Scholarship/Essay Contest. All Greater Lansing Area 6th-8th and 9th-11th graders are welcome to enter. RSVP of Ingham, Eaton & Clinton Counties Foster Grandparents, Senior Companion and RSVP Volunteers participated in reading and judging the MLK, Jr. Commission Scholarship and Essay Contest.
This year’s theme was “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Essay contest awards winners receive first place $500, second place $350, and third place $150. To enter the students needed parental permission, essays were not exceed 300 words. Their essays should speak to the theme and use creative language styles were accepted (i.e. poetry)
The Commission will award TWO (2) $5,000 and THREE (3) $2,500 scholarships. All applications that meet the minimum requirements will be considered for all awards. A total of $17,500 in awards is available to graduating seniors of the Greater Lansing area pursuing higher education. To enter students needed to be a graduating senior, Class of 2019, from a Greater Lansing area school. They must possess a 2.0 or higher career GPA (verification required). They must submit a personal narrative expounding on theme, clearly defining their community and/or civic activities, and indicate why they feel they should be considered for the scholarship. The narrative must be 250 – 450 words typed double spaced, and 12 point font.
Each essay was blind read and rated by volunteers. This year 48 essays were submitted from 6th-8th graders and 111 essays were submitted 9th-11th graders. Our volunteers had such an enjoyable experience, many asked if they could do it again next year. Our volunteers were the example of being the change we wish to see in the world.Type your paragraph here.
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