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November 26, 2012

Abdelkader Education Project Scholarship Opportunity

Scholarship Opportunities - National Essay Contests

2012-2013 Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize

College and high school students across the U.S. are invited to participate in essay contests that reflect on the contemporary meaning of the life of Emir Abdelkader (1808-1883). He was an Arab Muslim hero from Algeria admired by President Lincoln, Queen Victoria, Pope Pius IX and countless others of different nationalities, religions, and social classes. Abdelkader’s life is an inspiring legacy of ethical leadership, civility, moral courage and cross-cultural and interfaith understanding. Upon his death in 1883, The New York Times eulogized, “The nobility of his character won him the admiration of the world…He was one of the few great men of the century.” Today, Emir Abdelkader is remembered as an esteemed humanitarian, statesman, military leader, and religious scholar who respected all cultures and faiths.

What began as a contest for Iowa students has grown throughout the U.S. as awareness of the relevance of studying about this man of great character has spread. Emir Abdelkader...a positive role model for today.

Essay Scholarship Prizes are offered with support from The Principal Financial Group:
Ø Iowa High School students (1st Place = $1,000; 2nd Place = $500) - also in U.S. competition
Ø U.S. High School students (1st Place = $1,000; 2nd Place = $500)
Ø U.S. College students (1st Place = $1,500; 2nd Place = $1,000)

Students are invited to compete for scholarships and enter a journey of discovery connecting cultures across centuries. Participants will:
Ø Read the biography, Commander of the Faithful…The Life and Times of Emir Abdelkader (1808-1883) by John W. Kiser. Information about Abdelkader and the author can be found at www.truejihad.com.

Ø Examine Emir Abdelkader’s life of struggle during peace, war, imprisonment, and exile.

Ø Write a 1000-1200 word essay to broaden perspectives on historical, civic, global, cultural and interfaith awareness addressing the following points:
· Why does Emir Abdelkader’s life story and legacy deserve remembering today?
· What stands out in Emir Abdelkader’s life that is relevant to you?
· What do you think of Abdelkader’s education compared to your own?

Deadline for Essay Submissions: March 15, 2013 (Essays accepted before this date.)
1) Submit entry form (link on website)
2) Submit final essay (link on website) to abdelkaderproject@gmail.com

Contest details on AEP website www.abdelkaderproject.org. Updates posted during year.

Questions? Contact Kathy Garms at abdelkaderproject@gmail.com or 563.329.0448

Posted by ksosnows at November 26, 2012 03:14 PM

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