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Minnesota Association of Townships announces $1,000 scholarships

The Minnesota Association of Townships will offer a scholarship program for high school juniors in the state of Minnesota. Up to four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

The program is designed to heighten awareness among young people about Minnesota's grassroots township government.

n All students currently enrolled in the 11th grade and attending a Minnesota public, private, or parochial high school or a home study program and who plan to further their education at a college, university, or vocational school are eligible for this program. They cannot be the child, stepchild, grandchild or step-grandchild, brother, stepbrother, sister or stepsister of a MAT director or staff member.

n Applicants must complete a form and submit it along with a written essay discussing this year's topic, which is: Townships can play a role in protecting rural Minnesota from these threats by enacting local ordinances for the public's health, safety and welfare. What type of local ordinances could be helpful in combating invasive species and what role should township residents play in enacting and funding local ordinances?

Essays must be between 450 and 500 words, and must be typed with double spacing. Applicants should not name themselves, their school, their town or city, or their local officials in the essay.

See the application for research tips. Along with the completed application and written essay, students must submit: current high school transcript, letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or counselor.

All items must be submitted in one envelope and mailed to: Minnesota Association of Townships Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 267, St. Michael, 55376, postmarked by May 1, 2013.

Incomplete applications or applications postmarked after May 1, 2013 will not be accepted.

n Each essay will be judged by an independent panel based upon originality, knowledge of subject matter in relationship to the title, and supporting statements, as well as correct spelling and punctuation. The judging will be completed by Oct. 1, 2013 at which time the scholarships will be awarded.

Winners will be notified in writing in mid October 2013 and will be invited to attend the Minnesota Association of Townships' annual meeting to be held on Nov. 21-23, 2013 in Morton.

Scholarship awards will be paid to the appropriate financial aid office upon receipt of verification of enrollment at a college, university, or technical school.