Westborough – The Westborough Community Land Trust (WCLT) has announced it is once again sponsoring its annual Earth Day Essay Contest, which is open to all graduating Westborough High School (WHS) seniors. The organization plans to award two $1,000 WCLT Scholarships.
The contest will run March 1 to April 1. Essays and scholarship applications are due to the WHS guidance office no later than Monday, April 1. Seniors can get contest details and scholarship forms from the guidance office.
To enter the contest, seniors should write an essay of 500 to 750 words on one of these three topics:
1. An environmental issue in Westborough. ?Describe an environmental issue that affects a natural resource in Westborough. Propose a solution that would address this issue and/or describe activities in which you have been involved that have worked toward solving this particular problem.
2. Sustainable living in Westborough and beyond.? Discuss ways that you and others of your generation could live more sustainably on Earth. If applicable, include a description of changes you have made in your own life that have enabled you or your family to live more sustainably.
3.? Protection of Westborough's natural heritage and special places. ?Describe a place in Westborough that you think is especially important to protect, and explain why. Discuss what you have done or propose ways that you could help to protect Westborough's natural heritage.
The two WCLT Scholarships will be presented to the winners of the essay contest at the WHS graduation in June.
Seniors do not need to be planning an environmental emphasis in their future studies or career in order in order to be eligible for the contest and scholarships. They also do not need to be planning to attend college.
Annie Reid is a member of the WCLT Scholarship Committee.
“The Earth Day Essay Contest is a way for us to invite Westborough High School seniors to talk and write about the natural environment and to express their feelings and concerns about it,” she said. “The possibility of winning a $1,000 scholarship is a good reason for busy seniors to take the time to write a sincere and thoughtful essay.”