Throughout the world, young people drive change and bring about new ways of thinking, such as the social revolutions currently sweeping the global political stage and some of the leading technological innovations that are now a part of everyday lives. Womenetics recognizes the power of young people and seeks to personally engage and connect students who are interested in the global advancement of women with those in vital, impactful roles.
Womenetics aims to inspire students to be the future leaders of women’s empowerment. To do this, Womenetics has developed the Advancing Aspirations Global Scholarship. Winners will be announced at the 2011 Womenetics Global Women’s Initiative in Atlanta on September 30 and in Chicago on November 10. Winning students will receive money and travel. The awards, totaling $22,000, are funded by Georgia-Pacific in Atlanta and Discover Financial Services, Inc. in Chicago.
In addition to the monetary prizes, the top five finalists for both the Georgia-Pacific and Discover Prizes will be invited to attend the Womenetics Global Women’s Initiative symposium in the either Atlanta or Chicago. At these events, finalists will be recognized for their essays and have the opportunity to attend the VIP Reception with featured speakers and other top business, education, nonprofit and policy leaders the evening before the event. The winner will be announced at a special ceremony during each symposium. The first place winner from each symposium will also be awarded a trip to the 11th Annual Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards in Washington, D.C.
The Womenetics Global Women’s Initiative symposiums are designed to inspire action and collaboration among business, nonprofit, education and public policy leaders, and to build the way to make a difference in the lives of women and girls. Some of the most recognized international experts on global women’s issues will convene for discussions regarding economic empowerment, human rights, education and literacy, and health and hunger.
1st Prize: Two first place winners will each receive $5,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the 11th Annual Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards at the Kennedy Center on June 6, 2012.
2nd Prize: Eight essay finalists will each win $1,500.
To be eligible, Womenetics invites any registered undergraduate student (male or female) who is a legal U.S. resident in an accredited college or university to compete for ten financial and two travel awards by writing a 2500-word essay on one of nine given questions. A separate 200-word essay on how the student intends to use the award money must also be included. Selection will be based on thoroughness of answer to the essay question, quality of research, clarity of writing and neatness of presentation. Appropriate citations and footnotes are required. The Honorable Melanne Verveer, United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, will select the top prize winner for each award on a non-discriminatory basis. All award decisions are final.
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