ATLANTA—The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce the call for essays in its annual Dream Scholarship Essay Contest: A Call for Tomorrow's Leaders. The writing contest focuses on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and challenges youth to reflect on his ideals. The essay contest is open to high school seniors in Atlanta, Decatur, Fulton County and DeKalb County public school systems. Students must be U.S. citizens to be eligible to participate. For 2012, students who participate will be asked to write on the following topic:
In his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote that "[i]njustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" and that "justice too long delayed is justice denied (quoting William E. Gladstone)."
Is a commitment to justice for all a fundamental requirement of being a responsible person? How is your dream for yourself, your community, and the world influenced by your concept of justice? How will you make those dreams a reality?
The contest is designed to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to encourage students and leaders of today and tomorrow to reflect on Dr. King's legacy, their dreams and their strategies for achieving those dreams. "Our firm began the Dream Scholarship Essay Contest to encourage tomorrow's leaders - the high school students of today - to contemplate Dr. King's teachings and how they can apply them in their own lives," said Charles S. Johnson III, a litigation partner in the Atlanta office of Holland & Knight.
Students interested in participating can visit the Holland & Knight Dream Scholarship Essay Contest Web site for official contest rules and to view past winning essays. All essays must be postmarked by the entry deadline January 17, 2012 and mailed to: Dream Essay Contest, c/o Ms. Lura Battle, Holland & Knight LLP, 1201 West Peachtree Street, One Atlantic Center, Suite 2000, Atlanta, GA 30309.
Winners will be notified of contest results and winning essays will be posted on the contest website in February of 2012. The following scholarships will be awarded to winning essayists: 1st Place: $3,000 scholarship 2nd Place: $2,000 scholarship, and 3rd Place, $1,000 scholarship.
The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1996 to conduct the myriad charitable activities led by Holland & Knight employees. http://foundation.hklaw.com/