Dover, Del.–October 19, 2004 High school seniors in Delaware are encouraged to apply for the Legislative Essay Scholarship.The deadline to submit an essay on this year’s topic, “Alexander Hamilton: Architect of American Government,” is December 6, 2004.
Up to 62 scholarships of $750 will be awarded for each senatorial and representative district in the state. District winners compete for three statewide awards of $7,500, $3,750, and $2,250.
“We are in the sixth year of this exciting scholarship program,” says Maureen Laffey, Director of the Higher Education Commission, which administers the scholarship program.“The Legislative Essay Scholarship program not only broadens the student’s knowledge of American history, it is also a great opportunity to earn money for college.”
The contest was established under legislation jointly sponsored by House Majority Leader Rep. Wayne A. Smith (R–Brandywine Hundred-North) and Senator David P. Sokola (D–Newark) in 1999.
“Students will be exploring one of the least celebrated, but most significant founders in Alexander Hamilton,” says Smith.“These students will come to know better the patriot largely responsible for the ratification of the Constitution, the success of Washington’s Administration,the creation of our money and government finance system and the leading proponent for the view that we are one nation, not a collection of nation-states.”
A new topic is selected each year and focuses on events or people in American history from approximately 1770 to 1860.Previous contest topics have been George Washington, Frederick Douglass, James Madison, Abigail Adams, and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.To apply, students must submit an original essay of between 500 to 2,000 words with their application to the Higher Education Commission by December 6.
Contest rules and applications are available from high school guidance counselors or the Higher Education Commission and can be downloaded at www.doe.k12.de.us/high-ed.For more information, contact the Commission at email@example.com,302-577-3240, or 800-292-7935(toll-free outside New Castle County).
Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal Street, Suite #2
Dover, Delaware 19901
Phone: (302) 735-4035
Fax: (302) 739-4654
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