One of the primary goals of the Indiana Women's Education Foundation, Inc., formerly Indiana BPW Foundation, and especially the Conni Richards Youth Fund, is to have teens take a proactive role with regard to their futures.
The foundation is sponsoring an essay project for eighth-grade students.
The topic -- "What positive changes would you make to improve your school?" -- is designated to get the students thinking about the future, the choices that must be made now, and how influential those choices can be in their future lives.
The program begins on Oct. 1, and ends Dec. 1.
Each participant is asked to submit an original composition, related directly to the topic, in no fewer than 350 words and no more than 450.
The essay should be typed in a double-space format, or legibly written on one side of paper only. It may be stabled, but not in a folder or paper clipped.
The writer's name may not appear in the body of the essay, nor the city or school of the participant.
An entry form must accompany the essay with appropriate signatures and a Social Security number is needed for the state prizes of United States Savings Bonds.
Participants are asked to mail the essay and completed form -- postmarked by Dec. 1, 2009 -- to: Essay Contest, Indiana BPW Foundation, P.O. Box 33, Knightstown, Ind. 46148.
Each participant will receive a certificate of participation upon receipt of the essay and one essay will be chosen from each of the seven districts of the Indiana Federation of BPW Clubs, Inc.
Each of the seven winners, his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) and a teacher will be invited to attend and recite the essays at the District's Spring meeting.
The same winners will also be invited to attend a luncheon on Saturday, April 17, 2010, at the INFBPW State Convention at the Walden Inn, Greencastle.
These seven young people will be guest of the district at the Spring meeting, and guests of the Indiana Women's Education Foundation, Inc., at the State Convention.
The three State winners will be announced at the State Convention.
These three will read their essays and receive plaques and Savings Bonds in the amounts of $200, $100 and $50 for first, second and third place, respectively.
For more information or an entry form, call 812-234-1343, 812-239-7213, or check with a local school.