Scholarship title: Presidential Forum on Renewable Energy Essay Contest
Applicable Majors: All Fields of Study
The Presidential Forum on Renewable Energy is sponsoring a student essay contest in which three college students will be named and awarded a $10,000 educational prize. The contest will engage college students in the issues of renewable energy, sustainability, and conservation.
The contest is open to students who, as of January , are between the ages of 18 and 24; enrolled, full-time or part-time, in an undergraduate college program; and a citizen of the United States of America.
An educational prize of $10,000 will be paid to each of the three students who submit a winning essay. The prizes will be paid to the students, in a lump sum, on or after May 1. Individual winners will be responsible for all tax liabilities.
The three students whose essays have been selected as winners will be contacted directly by the Presidential Forum on Renewal Energy in April, 2008, to coincide with Earth Day. The official announcement of the winners will be made only after each student’s eligibility has been confirmed.
Although Americans make up only five percent of the world’s population, we consume twenty-five percent of its energy production. Our dependence on non-renewable energy sources such as oil has a profound and long-term impact on our environment and our quality of life, and even on our economic stability and national security.
Developing renewable energy sources, then, is an urgent national priority. Renewable energy is any resource that naturally replenishes itself in a relatively short period of time such as hydropower, solar energy, and wind energy.
As the 2008 presidential election approaches, this contest gives you a voice in this critical problem. We invite you to submit a 4 to 6 point renewable energy plan for America. Your plan should lay out strategies for the next five to ten years and beyond that will minimize our current dependence on non-renewable energy sources.
Assume your goal is to convince an audience of politicians, the United States public, and scientists that your plan is the optimal solution to a pressing problem. Your plan must be practical, so you should address the technical, economic, and political challenges your proposal will face. A persuasive argument will sketch the dimensions of the problem, weigh the costs and benefits of its proposal versus that of potential alternatives and offer clear reasoning and hard evidence.
Submissions will be evaluated on their originality, on their political, economic, and technical feasibility, and on their long-term viability. We will evaluate plans on the soundness and originality of your thinking, but we will also consider the ability to present those ideas in a concise, persuasive, and compelling manner.
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