[R76] McNamara Memo: Scholarship contest for high school girls (8/2/2013)

Friday, August 2, 2013

Start Date: 8/2/2013 Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Date: 8/2/2013 End Time: 9:00 AM
Scholarship contest for high school girls

I view myself through many different perspectives including American, Hoosier, educator, elected official and wife; each help to define who I am as a person and as a woman. Women have not always had a prominent role in politics, but our voice is growing force in Indiana’s General Assembly.

There are currently many Hoosier women who hold elected office at the Statehouse. These roles range from freshman and veteran legislators, Caucus Chairwoman, State Superintendent, Secretary of State and the Lieutenant Governor.  I have been able to spend time with many of these empowering women during my time as state representative, and it has been a truly unique experience watching each of them work for the betterment of Indiana.

The women at the Statehouse have a passion to build to a bright future for all Hoosiers. We are steadfast in our belief that the strength to do that comes from working together, which is why I want to have more women get involved in public service at an early age, and an upcoming essay scholarship contest offered by the National Foundation of Women Legislators (NFWL) and The National Rifle Association (NRA) is the perfect opportunity. Each year, NFWL and the NRA join forces to provide six female high school juniors or seniors an award, a $3,000 college scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to NFWL’s Annual Conference, November 20 through 22.

This year, the essay topic for the contest is focused on the Bill of Rights. The essay must be between 400 and 600 words, and will tackle very serious issues facing women today including personal privacies and sexual assault in the military. I would love to hear where young women stand on these issues and I hope that it can be a great outlet for expression. The deadline for the contest is Sunday, September 15, and the submission must include all of the application requirements.

The application requirements are: 

1. Completed Essay Contest Verification Form (with a copy sent in advance)
2. Two copies of your essay
3. Two personal reference letters
4. The name of applicant’s sponsoring female state legislator

Every applicant must be sponsored by a legislator, and if selected must be accompanied to the NFWL’s Annual Conference by her sponsor. I would be thrilled to sponsor a young woman from our district who wishes to apply for this scholarship. If you are interested I encourage you to contact my office at 1-800-382-9841 or email me at H76@iga.in.gov. For all of the application requirements please visit www.womenlegislators.org/events/scholarship-program.This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know some of you driven girls that are looking for all the opportunities your future holds. 


Rep. McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) represents portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties. Rep. McNamara also serves as Vice Chair of Courts and Criminal Code Committee, the Government and Regulatory Reform Committee, Judiciary Committee and the Select Committee on Government Reduction.

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