Pink Ink 2014
The QF's Ninth Annual High School Seniors English Essay Contest
Application Deadline: February 14, 2014
Instructions for Completing Your Scholarship Application
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To promote effective writing by, about, and/or for queer youth, Queer Foundation offers to the winners of the ninth annual high school seniors English essay contest $1,000 scholarships to attend the U.S. college or university of their choice in the 2014–15 academic year to study queer theory or related fields. Examples of related fields are queer medical, legal, or social issues.
The theme of the contest is pink ink ("We write not only about different things; we also write differently"—Brecht).
The following approaches are suggestions only.
We're Here and We're Queer: Interviews with Queer Teenagers and Their Friends
Living Healthy Lives as Queer Teenagers
Queer Youth around the World
Getting Smart: Education Issues of Queer Teenagers
Judges will award points based on originality, accuracy, objectivity, and effectiveness (the ability to change readers' opinions, attitudes, or behavior). Grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation count. All entries become the property of Queer Foundation. Contest participants must agree to the use by Queer Foundation of their names, images, and biographical information in promotional efforts related to the Queer Foundation Effective Writing and Scholarships Program.
How Are Queer Scholars Selected?
Successful gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their friends volunteering their time identify and coach talented and academically gifted queer youth in writing an essay dealing with the announced theme. Their friends can also submit essays. A panel of judges will evaluate the essays. Authors of winning essays will, upon passing an interview and reference check, be awarded $1,000 scholarships to the U.S. college or university of their choice.
What Support Do Queer Scholars Receive and What Is Expected of Them?
Queer Scholars receive, as needed, mentoring, academic advising, and tutoring to enable them to succeed in their studies. In return they are expected to (a) maintain a suitable grade point average as determined by the college or university, (b) practice self care, and (c) give back to the community through doing community service, authoring queer studies papers, and/or mentoring high school or other college students. There is, however, no required check-in or report back.