Indiana Business and Professional Women's Foundation is sponsoring an essay contest for eighth-grade students.
The topic is, "How would you improve communication if technology did not exist?"
The program began Oct. 1 and ends Dec. 1.
Each participant is asked to submit an original composition relating directly to the topic, in no fewer than 300 words nor more than 450.
The essay should be typed (double-spaced), or legibly handwritten by using one side of paper only.
It may be stapled, but no folders or paper clips should be used.
The writer's name may not appear in the body of the essay, not the city or school of the applicant.
An entry form must accompany the essay with the appropriate signatures.
The social security number of the applicant will be needed for the state prizes of United States Savings Bonds.
Those interested in competing should mail the essay and completed form by Dec. 1 to Essay Contest, Indiana BPW Foundation, PO Box 33, Knightstown, 46148.
Each participant will receive a certificate of participation upon receipt of the essay. One essay will be chosen from each of BPW/Indiana's seven districts. Each of the seven winners and their parents/guardians and teacher will be invited to attend the District's Spring Meeting, scheduled in the area for March 14, 2009.
The same winners will also be invited to attend the luncheon Saturday, April 25, 2009, at the BPW/Indiana State Convention at the Holiday Inn in Terre Haute.
The seven winners will be guests of the district at the spring meetings and guests of the Indiana BPW Foundation at the state convention.
The three state winners will be announced at the luncheon and those three will read their essays and receive plaques and Savings Bonds in the amounts of $200 for first, $100 for second and $50 for third.
Last year's first-place winner in both District 5 and the state was Clinton resident Brittany Wright.
For more information or to request an entry form, call 812-234-1343, 812-239-7213.
The Indiana BPW Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 to provide financial assistance or scholarships.