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March 18, 2009

Unique Zan Foundation 2nd Annual Writing Competition - Awards

Unique Zan Foundation 2nd Annual Writing Competition: "Overcoming Challenges and Promoting Change"

At the Unique Zan Foundation our mission is to promote health, literacy and peace for women in and from the Middle East. As part of that effort, and in collaboration with the Iranian-American Scholarship Fund (www.iasfund.org), we are pleased to announce our second annual essay competition for Iranian women graduate and undergraduate students at major universities and accredited educational institutes in the United States. Applicants must be enrolled as students at the time of submission and at the time awards are announced and funds distributed. Awards will be made through the university where the student is enrolled. Students who are transitioning from undergraduate to graduate education are eligible. Non-students are not eligible to apply.

This year’s essay theme is: “Overcoming Challenges and Promoting Change.”

Applicants’ essays should include information about themselves, their chosen career/educational path, what kinds of obstacles or challenges they have experienced in their lives, and how they overcame those obstacles by drawing on their strengths as an Iranian woman. Also to be included are the values they have learned from their culture and how they have implemented these values to overcome personal challenges and/or to promote positive changes in the community. A history of volunteerism or social activism is a plus.

Essay Format:
Essays should be between 5000 and 6000 words (approximately 16-18 pages, double spaced, 12 point “Times New Roman” font, with 1.5 inch margins), and be stapled in the upper left-hand corner. Report binders should not be used. Only the title page and first page of the essay should contain name. All other pages must be numbered in the lower right hand corner and contain first and last initial only in the upper right header.

While higher grade point average will be considered a bonus, the main emphasis is on applicants who exhibit exceptional writing skills and a compelling non-fiction story. A copy of recent transcripts should be included with your essay. Essays should not have been previously published in any other publication or on the internet, but must be of publishable quality. Unique Zan Foundation will retain first rights of refusal for publication, but publication is not guaranteed. All submissions become the property of Unique Zan Foundation.

Awards will be given by The Unique Zan Foundation through the Iranian-American Scholarship Fund in the following amounts:
First Place: $5,000
Second Place: $3,000
Third Place: $2,000

All applications must include:
1. Two hard copies of your essay in proper format,
2. A brief cover-letter with name, contact information, and explaining course of study and why applying for this award,
3. One copy of essay and cover-letter sent by email to info@uniquezanfoundation.org < mailto:info@uniquezanfoundation.org>,
4. One copy of recent college transcripts.
5. One letter of recommendation from professor.

Applications must be post-marked by May 1, 2009 and sent to the following address:

Unique Zan Foundation
PO Box 1257
Menlo Park, CA 94026

Announcements will be made in September, 2009.

Feel free to also visit our website: www.uniquezanfoundation.org.

Posted by kpfister at March 18, 2009 02:49 PM

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