Bill of Rights Essay Contest

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Tuesday, May 26, 2015 8:00 am

As your representative, serving our community and improving quality of life for Hoosiers gives me great joy. While I always enjoy crafting and working on legislation that benefits our area, one of the things I look forward most in my role is being able to grow and encourage our state’s future leaders, especially young women.

There are countless organizations, like the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NSWL), that help young women reach their full potential. The NSWL’s mission is to connect the women leaders of today with women leaders of tomorrow. Each year, in order to help fulfill this mission, they partner with the National Rifle Association to provide an academic scholarship for young women through and essay contest.

This year is the 18th annual Bill of Rights Essay Contest, and the topic for this year’s contest is how one of the five freedoms protected under the First Amendment has helped or hindered women throughout history on the road to equality, and what still needs to change in order to bring women to equal standing. 

The winners of this contest, six juniors and seniors in high school, will each receive a $3,000 college scholarship. They will also receive a trip to the 2015 NFWL Annual Conference, taking place Sept. 11-15 in Oklahoma City, OK. At the conference, these young ladies will receive leadership training and be able to network with lawmakers from across the country. In fact, several previous winners have mentioned to me that this opportunity was what sparked their interest in public service.

I strongly recommend the young women in our community to participate in this fantastic opportunity. It is more than just a scholarship; it is an invaluable experience to learn and develop as a leader. I would love to see one of our local students be awarded these opportunities. The application deadline is Friday, June 12, 2015, and for a copy of the application packet, please visit or contact my office by emailing or calling 317-232-9793.


Rep. Kirchhofer represents portions of Perry, Franklin and Warren Townships in Marion County.