The Atlanta office of Holland & Knight LLP
proudly sponsors its annual essay contest for high school seniors to
honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the many
African-American heroes who have worked and dreamed for a better America.
ELIGIBILITY: High school seniors from the following Atlanta Metro
The New Schools at Carver
Frederick Douglass High School
Henry W. Grady High School
Mays High School
North Atlanta High School
South Atlanta High School
Southside High School
Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School
Booker T. Washington High School
Alonzo A. Crim Open Campus High School
PRIZES: The following scholarships will be awarded*:
ONE FIRST PLACE - $5,000
ONE SECOND PLACE - $3,000
THREE THIRD PLACE - $1,000
OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES
WRITING PROMPT: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a
dream that influenced the thoughts and actions of many people. What
lessons can tomorrowís leaders learn from his life and legacy? What
is your dream for yourself, for your community and for your nation?
How will you make those dreams a reality?
SUBMITTING ESSAYS and DEADLINE: Essays must include the
Official Entry Form clipped to the essay (2 copies of essay
required), and must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2008.
Mail essays to Holland & Knight LLP, Attn Lura Battle, 1201 West
Peachtree Street, N.E., One Atlantic Center, Suite 2000, Atlanta, GA
30309. Entries may not be sent via facsimile or by e-mail. No names
should appear anywhere on essays. Letters of recommendation or other
supporting references should not be included and will not be
WORD COUNT: Essays should comprise no more than 1,200 words,
excluding words in your Bibliography, Works Cited, or Reference
RESEARCH AND REFERENCES: While this is a creative writing
project, research will likely be an integral element of the writing
process. To the extent research is conducted, essays must contain a
Bibliography, Works Cited, or Reference Page, citing all materials
used in the research and writing of the essay (parenthetical
documentation must accompany research).
ESSAY FORMAT: The essay must be primarily directed toward
examining the writing prompt. The essay must be in English prose
format and may be a commentary or interpretation of primary and
secondary source material such as: historical and reference
materials; interviews; eyewitness accounts and oral histories;
official documents and other primary sources; readings from diaries,
letters, autobiographies, and works of poetry; video, or audiotapes,
films, art, CD-ROM and Internet sources. The essay must not be a
fictitious story or poem.
JUDGING and SCHOLARSHIPS: Entries will be judged anonymously
and will not be returned. Submissions that adhere to the guidelines
will be judged with special attention to (1) evidence of relevant
reading and thoughtful use of resource materials; (2) treatment of
the assigned themes; and (3) clear and effective language, mechanics
and grammar; and (4) a coherent plan of organization. Scholarships
will be paid to each studentís post-secondary educational
institution after the student has graduated from high school and
upon Holland & Knight Charitable Foundationís receipt of a copy of
the studentís registration paperwork from said post-secondary
educational institution. The five (5) finalists and their parents
will be invited to an awards reception at the Atlanta office of
Holland & Knight LLP in February, 2009, at which the winners will be
* Holland & Knight LLP and the Holland & Knight Charitable
Foundation, Inc. reserve the right not to award a prize or any
prizes when submissions do not meet contest standards or criteria.
AUTHOR OF ESSAY: By submitting an essay, applicants are
certifying that their essays are original, and the sole work of the
person whose name appears on the attached entry form. No
plagiarizing or infringement upon the rights of any third parties
will be tolerated. Applicants submitting essays are also
automatically granting Holland & Knight LLP and the Holland & Knight
Charitable Foundation, Inc. the right to use and publish the essays.
OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM
(Clip this out, complete
it, and staple it to one of the two copies of your essay
that you submit.
Please PRINT or TYPE your information onto this Official
Entry Form. Mail essays and direct questions to:
Dream Scholarship Contest, Holland & Knight LLP, Attn:
Lura Battle, 1201 West Peachtree Street, NE,
One Atlantic Center, Suite 2000, Atlanta, GA 30309).
I HEREBY CERTIFY that I am the sole author of the
attached essay and hereby submit my essay to the Dream
Scholarship essay contest and state that, in writing my essay, I have not
plagiarized or otherwise infringed upon the rights of any
third parties. I grant Holland & Knight LLP and the Holland
& Knight Charitable Foundation, Inc. the right to use and
publish my essay in whole or in part, and the right to
permit others to do the same.