March 06, 2006

SIG Essay Contest

The Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) will hold its first SIG Essay Contest, with the winner receiving a full scholarship to SIG's three-week residential program this summer at various college campuses in America.

Interested students nationwide are asked to submit an original 500-word essay titled "How Can American Education Improve Its Preparation of Today's Students for Tomorrow's World?"

Academically gifted and talented students in grades four through 11 are eligible to participate.

The winner of the contest will receive a full scholarship to the SIG residential program of his or her choice. The three-week residential programs are hosted by nine college campuses: Amherst College, Bryn Mawr College, Drew University, Emory University, Princeton University, University of California-Berkeley, UCLA, University of Michigan and Vassar College.

SIG program scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded to the second-place winner, and $500 will be awarded to the third-prize winner. All participants will receive a certificate of recognition, and winners will be notified in May.


The contest deadline is April 1. Students may submit the essay online or through the mail.

For entry information and official contest rules, go to the SIG Essay Contest Web site at

To learn more about the Summer Institute for the Gifted, call Amanda Ritz at 1-866-303-4744, ext. 5159, or send e-mail to

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