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GovLoop/NASPAA Graduate essay contest

To all graduate students interested in US government budget -- See the reposted message below, for a great chance to share your opinions, and to win $2,500!

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NASPAA has partnered with GovLoop, the premier social networking site for government, to sponsor a Public Service Scholarship essay contest. 

The contest is open to current graduate students interested in pursuing a career in government (at any level), who submit a short (300-500 words) essay that answers: 

“What if the U.S. government had only $100 million left in its budget.  Where should that money go and why? Should it be allocated on the local, state or federal level?  Which agency or department should receive funding, and for what project?”

GovLoop is generously funding three awards of $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000.  Submissions will be read and scored by a panel of judges (one from each organization) using a rubric to measure:  Knowledge of Government; Clarity of Thought; and whether the solution proposed is Relevant, Realistic, and Innovative.

The 15 highest-scored essays will become finalists.  The finalist entries will be posted on GovLoop, to be reviewed and voted on by its members.  The three students whose essays receive the most votes will be awarded the scholarships (to be paid directly to their school’s financial aid office).

The entry form, and Rules, are posted at: www.govloop.com/scholarship-2011.  The deadline is October 31.

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