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2nd Annual STEM Scholarship Essay Contest

For Immediate Release

February 5, 2013

Delegate Israel O’Quinn

Contact: Jacob Holmes (804) 698-1205

Virginia Council on Women Announces 2nd Annual STEM Scholarship Essay Contest

Delegate Israel O’Quinn (R – Washington) is pleased to announce that the Virginia Council on Women, in collaboration with the Science Museum of Virginia, has initiated the 2nd Annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Scholarship Essay Contest.  This contest is for high school junior and senior girls who will be pursuing a STEM career at an institution of higher education.  The top winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship and the Council may award smaller scholarships at its discretion.

To be eligible, one must be a female who resides in Virginia, be enrolled as a junior or senior in high school, and hold at least a 2.5 GPA.  Entrants should follow guidelines at:  Entries must be submitted to by 5:00 pm on March 1, 2013 to be considered.  The winning essays will be selected by a panel of judges who hold a degree in or work in STEM fields.

Winners will be notified by April 15, 2013.  The Scholarship Award(s) will be presented at the 2013 Up & Atom Women’s Leadership Breakfast on May 15, 2013 at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad Street in Richmond.

“This contest is a great opportunity for the young women in our area to expand their possibilities on their way to STEM careers.  I hope that many of our high school girls will participate in this contest and I wish them the best of luck,” said Delegate O’Quinn.


The purpose of the Virginia Council on Women is to help women reach their potential and maximize their contributions to society and the Commonwealth as wage earners and citizens.  For more information on the Council or on available sponsorship opportunities, please visit:

Delegate Israel O'Quinn represents the Fifth House District, which is comprised of the Cities of Bristol and Galax, Grayson County and parts of Smyth and Washington Counties.