The entry deadline for the Huron County Democratic Party's $2,500 scholarship essay contest is April 14.
The contest, which was announced in December, is open to any 2023 Huron County resident graduating Senior, whether enrolled in a public or private school, completing the GED, or home schooled.
The scholarship amount will be paid directly to the institution of the student's choice, whether an academic college or university, professional training trade program or professional licensing institution. For-profit institutions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. There will be a scholarship award presentation at the student's awards night.
The essay topic is "What is gerrymandering and how is it affecting our politics today?" Contestants will write a double-spaced essay of between 600 and 750 words
The essays will be judged blind. The judges will not know the name, gender or school of the essay writer. The winning essay will be offered to local newspapers for publication, and posted at hurondems.org.
Full details and the entry form can be found online at hurondems.org/scholarship . The entry form is also available through county high school guidance counselors.
The contest organizers want to encourage broader thinking and participation among young people in the democratic process, learning how government functions, vetting candidates, and voting in local, state and federal elections.
Past years' winners of this contest are: Megan Lindenberger of Plymouth High School for 2022, Lochlyn Ramsey of Norwalk High School for 2021, and Griffin Schwan of St. Paul High School for 2020.
The Huron County Democratic Party Scholarship Program is a 501(c)(3) entity. Anyone wishing to make a tax-deductible contribution to the scholarship program can find details online at hurondems.org/donate.