State Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, sent out a media advisory last week encouraging high school girls in her district to enter a NRA-sponsored scholarship essay contest. The winners will receive $3,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
Applicants in the National Rifle Association “Bill of Rights Scholarship Essay Contest” may choose to answer one of two essay questions. The first asks how the nation should balance privacy rights with laws intended to protect national security. The second question asks how the U.S. military should be changed to prevent sexual violence against its servicewomen.
The scholarship contest is cosponsored by the National Foundation for Women Legislators. Junior and senior high school girls are eligible to apply.
Winners of the essay contest will be sent to the National Foundation for Women Legislators’ annual conference Nov. 20-22 in D.C. Applicants must pick a state legislator to accompany them at the conference, and that legislator is required to attend the entire conference, according to contest rules.
NFWL conferences bring together women legislators and industry experts to discuss a range of policy topics. The organization also comes up with model legislation that lawmakers can bring back to their own states. Last year, Washington state Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way, sponsored one of the essay winners.
For more information about the contest, Pike encouraged students to contact her district office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 360-210-4117. The application deadline is Sept. 15.