Calling all teenage filmmakers, poets, and photographers.
The National Park Service, in partnership with the National Park Foundation’s African American Experience Fund, has launched Expressions of Freedom, a nationwide artistic competition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Contest submissions will be accepted from students 13 to 18 years old in three categories — photography, poetry, and digital short films.
The first-place winner in each category will receive a $2,500 academic scholarship and the second-place winner will receive a $1,000 academic scholarship.
The deadline for entries is Oct. 15. Details are available at http://www.nps.gov/freedom.
The Burger King Scholars Program has awarded $1,000 scholarships to four students from Baton Rouge: Ankur Mathur and Sanjana Shashidhar, both of Baton Rouge Magnet High School; Anna Marie Aguillard, St. Joseph’s Academy; and Sherrell Briggs, Capitol High School.
Recipients are selected based on their grade-point average, extracurricular activities, community service and/or work experience. Both Burger King employees and nonemployees are eligible to apply.
For information, go to http://www.haveityourwayfoundation.org.
Each year the Tau Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. awards scholarships to female graduating seniors that live or attend school in Ascension, Assumption, Iberville or St. James parish.
The chapter awarded a firstplace $1,000 scholarship to Brianna Pryer, of Iberville Math, Science and Arts Academy-West; a second-place $500 scholarship to Chyra Scott, White Castle High School; and two book scholarships in the amount of $250 each to Jodi Hill, Dutchtown High School, and Kandis Carter, East Ascension High School.
Applicants must have maintained a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better, attend a historically black college or university, submit a completed application and an essay, and participate in an interview.
Kohl’s Department Stores’ Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program is recognizing more than 2,200 young volunteers nationwide who have made a positive impact in their communities through volunteerism, including two in the Baton Rouge area and two in the Lafayette area.
Jazmine Johnson, 8, of Baton Rouge; Jacob Venable, Greenwell Springs; Elijah Evans, 14, Youngsville; and Sadie Reid, 12, Lafayette, will each receive a $50 gift card and recognition certificate from Kohl’s to honor their community service efforts.
These winners also qualified for the chance to receive a $1,000 regional scholarship for post-secondary education, which Kohl’s will award in July.
Of the more than 200 regional winners, 10 national winners will receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships.
Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf.
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