Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge

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Basic Information

Administrator: Melanie Marconi
Scholarship Sponsor: B'nai B'rith International
Address: 3397 Barham Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90068
Phone Number: 323.692.1949
Fax Number: 323.851.1472

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Additional Information

Amount of Scholarship: $5,000
Number of Awards: Three (1st plat at $5,000, 2nd place at $2,000, 3rd place at $1,000)
Available to Class Level: Currently enrolled in the 9-12th grades
Requirements: The contest is open to enrolled high school students (9-12th grades) in New York City. The first-place winner/team will receive a $5,000 college scholarship plus publication of the book ($2,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place). Students may work individually or in teams up to four. Books may be no longer than 24 pages and each page must include text and image(s). Entries shall be mailed to 3397 Barham Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90068 or emailed to diverseminds@bnaibrith.org. All entries must include a cover letter with name and contact information of the author(s), name of school and teacher, and a brief biographical note. Submission deadline is March 23, 2012.
Eligibility: The contest is open to enrolled high school students in NYC who have not previously published a manuscript.
Due Date: March 23, 2012
Purpose of Award: The Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge is an education and awareness initiative created by B'nai B'rith International as one of its programs that promote tolerance and communicate a message of equality among all citizens, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender or sexual orientation. Our goal is to destroy prejudices and strengthen the future of our youth through enlightenment, inspiration, and education. This scholarship competition asks high school students to write and illustrate a children's book that discusses the topics of tolerance and diversity. The Challenge encourages teens to create innovative ways to teach tolerance to young children, as well as gain new insights into these issues for themselves.
Duration: Winter - Spring 2012
Renewable: No
Need-based Scholarship: No
Applicaiton Online: No
Application Fees: No
Scholarship History: Since its inception six years ago, the Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge has awarded close to $150,000 in college scholarships and published 17 original children’s books, written by high school students around the country and telling a stories of tolerance.