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Essay Contest Offers $9,000 in Undergraduate Scholarships

The Georgia-Pacific Scholarship

Promoting Ideas and Action Surrounding

Global Women’s Issues

US Ambassador Melanne Verveer to Present Winner on Nov. 11

Oct. 7, 2010, Atlanta, GA- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Womenetics, Georgia-Pacific LLC, and The Honorable Melanne Verveer, US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, will award $9,000 in scholarships to five college undergraduates at Womenetics’ Global Women’s Initiative symposium on Nov. 11, 2010. The purpose of the scholarship competition is to encourage students to research and reflect on important global topics concerning women; and to provide financial and community support for future leaders to take action.

The Georgia-Pacific Scholarship, Promoting Ideas and Action Surrounding Global Women’s Issues, will be awarded in conjunction with Womenetics’ first annual Global Women’s Initiative. Themed “Creating the Ripple Effect,” the event will engage experts from four sectors – academia, government, business and non-profit agencies, in panel discussions surrounding the social, economic and political status of women internationally. Essay questions for the scholarship competition reflect topics that will anchor the symposium.

Keynote speaker Melanne Verveer will choose the first place prize.

“The Georgia-Pacific Scholarship provides undergraduates both financial means and meaningful connections with key players in the international community,” says Melanne Verveer. “Most importantly, we hope this competition will encourage students to think about the critical issues that must be solved to advance females’ quality of life around the world.”

Undergraduate students are invited to write a 1500 – word essay discussing one of the provided questions. The scholarship money is intended to finance education, travel or other opportunities that may lead to further understanding of these important global issues. A key component of the award is the opportunity to attend the November 11th symposium and the VIP reception the night before to meet and network with Ambassador Verveer, business and NGO leaders, and the 20 renowned international experts who will be speaking as panelists at the event.


“Enhancing the lives of all people is possible by improving the lives of women.  When women are raised up, families are more protected, children are better educated, and government policies are more equitable. We are grateful to Georgia-Pacific for creating a compelling incentive for students to participate,” says Womenetics CEO, Elisabeth Marchant.

Georgia Pacific’s Sheila Weidman, SVP of Communications , Government  and Public Affairs explains, “With this scholarship we want to inspire students to take active interest in issues that impact women and girls around the world, and to position themselves as future leaders for positive change.”

Contest deadline is Oct.18. To be eligible, an individual must be enrolled as an undergraduate student in an accredited college or university, and be a U.S. citizen. The top five essays will be determined by Womenetics, and then submitted to Ambassador Melanne Verveer, who will determine the first place winner. Essays must be sent electronically to Essays@womenetics.com, and a printed copy with the competed registration form must be sent to Womenetics Essays, 3500 Valley Road, Atlanta, GA  30305. Winners will be notified via email after Nov. 1, 2010.  Questions may also be directed to essays@womenetics.com.


About the Contest

1st Prize: $5,000 and an invitation to attend and be recognized at the Nov. 11 Womenetics Global Women’s Issues luncheon, and to meet and visit with Ambassador Verveer and other top business, education, nonprofit and policy leaders at the VIP Reception on Wednesday evening, November 10.

2nd Prize: Four additional essayists will win $1,000 and recognition at the Womenetics Global Women’s Issues symposium, as well as an invitation to the VIP Reception.

Essay Questions and Application Form: http://www.womenetics.com/events/-scholarship-essay-contest

About the Symposium

On Nov. 11, 2010, Womenetics will present the Global Women’s Initiative: Creating the Ripple Effect at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. The purpose of the symposium is to inspire attendees to address ways to help advance the status of women around the world. Keynote speaker, US Ambassador Melanne Verveer, and 20 renowned panelists will discuss four primary topics: Education & Literacy, Health & Hunger, Economic Empowerment, and Human Rights. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with organizations and individuals directly engaged in helping improve the quality of female lives around the world. Sponsors include: US Bank, Porsche North America, Emory University Goizueta Business School, Piedmont Healthcare, UPS, and Georgia-Pacific LLC. To register, go to www.womenetics.com.

About Womenetics

Womenetics is a premium source for substantive information for and about women. Recognized by Forbes as one of the Top 100 Websites for Women, Womenetics is a multifaceted organization that unites women in the workplace and beyond through shared knowledge, community and events. Women are increasingly central decision makers in all aspects of modern life and they seek information to help them navigate choices. Womenetics provides engaging content surrounding issues that impact, ideas that inspire, individuals that lead and institutions that matter.

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