"The Impact of the First Amendment on Women Leaders and Social Media"
A valuable part of the National Foundation for Women Legislators’ mission is connecting women leaders of today with women leaders of tomorrow.
Each year, the NFWL and the National Rifle Association co-sponsor an academic scholarship for seven high school juniors and seniors. Winners receive a $3,000 scholarship award and are given the opportunity to attend this year’s NFWL’s Annual Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. At the conference, the scholarship recipients have the opportunity to learn about public policy, receive leadership training and network with lawmakers from all 50 states. Several past winners have said their experience through the program strengthened their passion for public service. It is important to note that in order to enter the contest, all applicants must be sponsored by a woman legislator from their respective state.
This year’s essay topic is entitled “The Impact of the First Amendment on Women Leaders and Social Media" in which applicants are asked to describe what the rise of social media means for democracy and the interaction between citizens and both women candidates and elected women leaders. The application deadline is Friday, June 24, 2011, by which time essays must be received or postmarked to NFWL. The application is available on NFWL’s website at www.womenlegislators.org