Sean Simmons Youth Scholarship Award 2011

Deadline Midnight June 1, 2011 www.bswconference.com/contests.html

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Sponsored by Kent Nichols & neighbors foundation

All High School Youth for the Bayou Soul Writers and Reader’s Conference
Dear Parents and Students, BSWRC is proud to announce the BSWRC Sean Simmons Youth Scholarship. This scholarship is available only to minority Louisiana High School students. ALL students, freshman through seniors should participate as everyone can benefit. This membership scholarship sponsored by high school supporter, Kent Nichols, is valued at a minimum of $5,000 per year for each year the student is in college. That is a value of $20,000 or more for the student who meets and follows the guidelines to receive maximum assistance. This award, which comes directly from the college the student winner would select to attend, is based on talents, fields of interest and career goals and has nothing to do with household income or assets. Everyone is encouraged to apply. The winner will be selected based on the essay written as described on the attached form, as well as the other information required. Greatest weight will be given to the essay content to create a fair competition for all. Essays and applications are due by Midnight on June 1, 2011 and the scholarship committee, which will be made up of business and education professionals in the community, will select the winner shortly thereafter. Best wishes to all! Kent Nichols Kent Nichols, Sponsor from Neighbors Foundation
BSWRC Mission Statement The Bayou Soul Writers & Reader’s Conference (BSWRC) is an annual event that takes place in New Orleans on Thursday and Friday, June 30 and July 1, 2011 prior to the Essence Festival. During this time, many people will converge upon the city to experience and celebrate American music, art and culture with a focus on music. IN contrast, BSWRC caters to those who are primarily interested in literary arts by bringing together book lovers, readers, authors, emerging writers, members of the publishing industry and film professionals.

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BSWRC Sean Simmons Youth Scholarship Award Purpose of the scholarship competition essay
The Bayou Soul Writers and Reader’s Sean Simmons Youth Scholarship Award is open to any minority high school student in Louisiana. The essay must be at least 4 pages or less double line spacing on Toya Carter’s book, “Priceless Inspirations or Reshawn Hughes’ book, “Under Pressure.” The essay must be written in English with an introduction, thesis statement, at least three supporting paragraphs and a conclusion free from major lapses in grammar and mechanics that tells how this book has inspired and/or changed your life for the better. YOU MUST READ ONE OF THESE BOOKS! All entries must be original and written by the student. Be creative, be original and keep in mind that 70% of the score will come from the content of your essay so give it some thought. Remember, your application and essay must be in our possession at Midnight June 1, 2011. Email to: bswconference@gmail.com Or fax to: 1-866-931-7479 Sponsored by Kent Nichols/Neighbors Foundation

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Neighbors Membership Scholarship
The Neighbors Membership Scholarship® is a service to communities and organizations nationwide. Each month, a Neighbors Membership Scholarship® is awarded as a way for our organization, current members and volunteers to give back to their community by providing a FREE membership to a selected candidate and their family. This scholarship includes the renewal dues for the life of the membership with the selected family. Here are the selection criteria. 1. The Neighbors Membership Scholarship® must be open and offered to all eligible candidates from the selected pool of candidates which may be determined as part of the criteria of each competition. A minimum of 30 qualified applicants must participate. 2. The Neighbors Membership Scholarship® is promoted through the school, service group, or community organization and must provide an application period of a minimum period of time to be outlined in the request to our board for approval. A period of 60 days or less is suggested. This promotes the learning of the importance of meeting deadlines and focusing on a “due date.” 3. The application process includes the submission of two documents. An essay is always required and represents the majority of the weight in selection. This gives every student a fair chance regardless of their grades or other life experience criteria. Designed to give every applicant an opportunity to win. a. Neighbors Membership Scholarship® application

b. Essay on assigned topic – length and topic choices remain with sponsoring group.

4. All application materials must be submitted to the Neighbors Membership
Scholarship® review team before the final award is approved. The judges should be chosen from the community sponsoring the competition and they should narrow the field to 3 to 5 semi-finalists. Final selection will be made by Neighbors to avoid concerns for fairness by the judges. We don’t want our volunteer judges subject to criticism on the selection choice.

BSWRC Sean Simmons Youth Scholarship
Last Name: ____________________________ First Name: _____________________________ Email Address: ___________________ Zip: _______________

Address: ____________________________________ City: _________________________________ Date of Birth: _______/_______/________

State: _____________

School Attending:

Counselor: ________________

GPA ____ PSAT______SAT ______ACT ______Class Rank _______ Graduation date _______ Scholastic Awards and Achievements _______________________________________________ Fields of Interest _______________________________________________________________ Preferred Colleges ______________________________________________________________ Jobs _________________________________ Sports _________________________________

Community Service __________________________________________________________________ You may include a resume if you wish.

Father's Full Name _________________________________ Email_______________________ Mother's Full Name _________________________________ Email_______________________ Address __________________________ City _____________ State _________ Zip_________ Home Phone (_____)________________ Daytime Phone (_____)________________________ Father's Occupation _____________________ Employer ______________________________

Mother's Occupation _____________________ Employer ______________________________ Number of dependent Children _______________ Ages _______________________________ Names _______________________________________________________________________

The Bayou Soul Writers and Reader’s Essay Contest is open to any minority high school student in Louisiana. The essay must be at least 4 pages or less double line spacing on Toya Carter’s book, “Priceless Inspirations” or Reshawn Hughes’ book, “Under Pressure.” The essay must be written in English with an introduction, thesis statement, at least three supporting paragraphs and a conclusion free from major lapses in grammar and mechanics that tells how this book has inspired and/or changed your life for the better. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK! All entries must be original and written by the student.
Applicant signature ________________________________ Date ____________________

Send your completed application and essay by email to: bswconference@gmail.com All applications must emailed by Midnight June 1, 2011 Score for this applicant Content ____________70% Originality_____________20% Form _____________10%Total_________

Sponsored by Kent Nichols/Neighbors Foundation
Approved by POWT Board 2.21.11

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