Scholarship available for college-bound women; deadline July 31

Press Release

HARRISBURG, June 28 – State Rep. Babette Josephs, D-Phila., said she is encouraging college-bound female high school juniors and seniors to participate in the 15th annual Bill of Rights Essay Scholarship Contest sponsored by the National Foundation for Women Legislators and the National Rifle Association.

Josephs said this year’s topic is "The Constitution and States Rights: How Federalism Impacts Women and Historically Underrepresented Populations." Applicants are asked to discuss the impact public policies have on women and other historically underrepresented populations as they are decided at the state and federal levels of government. 

The contest’s seven winners will each receive a $3,000 college scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to NFWL’s annual conference held at The Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta, Ga., from Nov. 12-15. Josephs said the winners will have the opportunity to network with, be mentored by, and speak to hundreds of women lawmakers from across the United States.

"This is an excellent opportunity for young women to not only receive some scholarship money to help pay for school, but to also meet women who are making a difference in communities all across the country," Josephs said.

Entries must be received or postmarked no later than July 31, after which an NFWL selection committee will judge each essay and determine the seven winners based primarily on research, understanding of the Bill of Rights, original insight and personal connection.

The National Foundation for Women Legislators provides women members of Congress, state legislatures, county commissions and city councils with strategic resources, including debates and briefings on the issues, leadership skill development and opportunities for networking.

Questions by potential applicants may be directed to Josephs' constituent service office at 215-893-1515 or to the NFWL directly at 202-293-3040 Ext. 1005, by email or via the web at