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December 15, 2003|by

Essay contest will honor Women's History Month

The eighth annual essay contest in honor of Women's History Month is being sponsored by the Washington County Commission for Women for students in grades 8 through 12.

The United States Postal Service recently commemorated four women in journalism - Nellie Bly, Marguerite Higgins, Ethel L. Payne and Ida M. Tarbell - on 37-cent stamps. Students are asked to select the woman they believe is a "poster woman."

She may be a famous figure such as Rosie the Riverter from World War II, a world leader such as former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a politician such as Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., a writer such as Iris Murdoch, or other women who are accomplished in their fields.

Students are asked to write an essay about the woman they select, describing her life and accomplishments. Essays must be 500 to 2,000 words in length. Submissions must include the student's name, school, grade, teacher, principal, and the student's home address and phone number. Home-schoolers in grades 8 through 12 also may participate.


Essays are due by Feb. 6. The first prize is $200, second prize is $100 and third prize is $50.

Send essays to Essay Contest, Washington County Commission for Women, County Administration Building, 100 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Prizes will be awarded March 10 and winners will be notified in advance.

Shepherd foundation announces new scholarships

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd College Foundation has announced two new scholarships.

The Robert A. Holmes Scholarship is funded through a gift made by Holmes, a college alumnus and member of the class of 1964.

The scholarship will be awarded to eligible junior or senior African-American students majoring in political science. Candidates must be from Berkeley, Jefferson or Morgan counties and should have a career goal of teaching at the college level or working in government at any level.

Holmes is the director of the Southern Center for Students in Public Policy and a professor of political science at Clark Atlanta University. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University and is serving his 13th term in the Georgia General Assembly.

The Pringle Scholarship was established by Bill Pringle in appreciation for the education he received at Shepherd College. A 1952 graduate of Charles Town (W.Va.) High School, he attended Shepherd College from 1956 to 1959 and graduated from the West Virginia University School of Dentistry in 1963. He earned at post doctorate in orthodontics from Temple University in 1966.

A resident of Bridgeport, W.Va., Pringle had a private dental practice from 1966 to 1992.

Donations to either the Robert A. Holmes Scholarship of the Pringle Scholarship may be sent to Shepherd College Foundation, P.O. Box 3210, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. For information, contact the foundation at 304-876-5391.

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