Seattle Public Library announces scholarship essay competition

The Seattle Public Library Foundation is inviting Seattle high school seniors and undergraduates to enter an essay scholarship competition in honor of civic leader Stimson Bullitt.

The foundation are looking for essay submissions exploring the subject of civic courage. Local youth are asked to write about an individual or group from Washington state who have demonstrated civic courage on an issue of importance to the community at great personal, political or professional risk.

The Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship Competition was created to commemorate Bullitt’s dedication to the community and his appreciation of individuals who took a stand to better the world and their willingness to go against public opinion.

“This civic courage essay contest is a most fitting tribute to his legacy,” said Jonna Ward, executive director of the Library Foundation. “Stim’s commitment and generosity helped build and sustain important Seattle institutions like the Seattle Parks Foundation, the Bullitt Foundation and the Library Foundation and we are happy to honor his contributions to the Seattle community.”

Essays can be submitted online until February 28 and six scholarships will be awarded for the essays chosen by the blue ribbon scholarship judges. A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to the winning essay; two $2,500 scholarships for second place and three $1,000 scholarships for third place.

The winners will be announced in May and the winning essays will be added to the collection in Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room at the Central Library.

The competition is open to high school seniors and undergraduate students who live, work or attend school in Seattle. Participants must have a Library card issued by The Seattle Public Library.

The Seattle Public Library is offering two workshops to support students in their research from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, January 25 and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, February 10 at the Central Library (1000 Fourth Ave, Level 10, Hugh and Jane Ferguson Room).

Click here to learn more about the competition.

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