The National Foundation For Women Legislators and the National Rifle Association are co-sponsoring their thirteenth annual Bill of Rights Essay Contest for college-bound female high school juniors and seniors, which this year will be entitled “Freedom and Civic Virtues.” The contest’s seven winners will each receive a $3,000 college scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to NFWL’s Annual Conference November 18-22, 2010 at the Ritz – Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida 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 2010 and 2011,” says Senator Althoff, an NFWL member. “This contest will help seven young women enhance their understanding of the role of women in politics through a hands-om learning experience. It provides an excellent opportunity to develop leadership skills while assisting with college tuition expenses.”

Entries must be received or postmarked no later than July 30, 2010, 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 Federation 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 Senator Althoff at (815)-455-6330 Email: or to the NFWL office, (202)-293-3040 ext. 1005 Email: Website:


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