Lauren Racine, of Ashburnham, currently a senior attending Gettysburg College, received the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) Essay Contest Honorable Mention award recently.
Racine receives IWF Essay Contest award
Presenting the award at the US Naval Observatory were Lynne Cheney, wife of the US vice president and Michelle Bernard, IWF president.
“When we first launched this essay contest we had hoped it would help us identify some promising young women and gather stories from young women around the country about their experiences on college campuses.,” said Bernard, during the award presentation. “I am so impressed with these young women who took the time and initiative to write about the important topic of what it means to be an independent woman today.
Each of the winners recognized that to be an independent woman today is to believe in yourself, to recognize that you have choices to make and that those choices will determine your future.”
This contest, to be held annually by IWF, is for full-time, undergraduate college women of any age. All of the applicants for this contest were enrolled as undergraduates in any college or university during the 2005-2006 school year, and submitted a 750 word essay. The essays addressed their experience on the college campus as an independent woman and how their college or university helped or hindered their intellectual and personal growth, and what it meant to them to be an independent woman in the year 2005. The first place winner receives $5,000.
– Submitted to The Journal