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Second Annual Teen Leadership Institute (TLI) Scholarship Essay Contest 2002


The student will prepare an essay on the topic, "What America Means to Me."

The essay should be typed/word processed, between 750-1000 words, and submitted to:

Thirteen/WNET New York
Teen Leadership Scholarship Essay Contest
450 W. 33rd Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001-2605

Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges comprised of Thirteen TLI staff, advisory board members and representatives from partnering organizations such as Phillips-Van Heusen and The Korean-American Youth Foundation.

Entries will be judged on depth and presentation of perspective, creativity, originality, and acceptable use of proper mechanics such as grammar and spelling. All judges' decisions are final.

Entries must be received by Friday, September 27, 2002. Winners will be notified in November, 2002.

The essay contest is open to all 11th grade students (as of March 2002) attending a school that participated in the 2002 TLI Conference. All essays must be accompanied by an official entry form. Parental permission and a faculty sponsor are required.

Entries will not be returned.


Three prize winners and two honorable mentions will be selected. Each of the three top prize winners will receive a financial scholarship award which may be used exclusively towards their college tuition. The three winners will be awarded the following prizes:

First prize: $2,500

Second Prize: $1,500

Third Prize: $1,000

All five essays will be published on Thirteen's Teen Leadership web-site and will remain on-line for approximately one year.

Click here to download the Entry Form! (pdf file)


The Korean-American Youth Foundation

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