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Township scholarship applications being accepted

The Minnesota Association of Townships (MAT) is again offering a township scholarship program for high school juniors in Minnesota. Up to four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

All students currently enrolled in 11th grade and attending a Minnesota public, private or parochial high school or a home study program are eligible for this program. They must also plan to further their education at a college, university or vocational school.

Applicants cannot be the child, stepchild, grandchild or step-grandchild, brother, stepbrother, sister or stepsister of a MAT director or staff member.

Applicants must complete an application form and submit it along with a written essay discussing this year's topic: What type of local ordinances could be helpful in combating invasive species and what role should township residents play in enacting and funding local ordinances?

Essays must be 450-500 words and double-spaced. Applicants should not name themselves, their school, their town or city, or their local officials in the essay.

Along with the completed application and written essay, students must submit:

• Current high school transcript

• Letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or counselor.

All items must be submitted in one envelope and mailed to: Minnesota Association of Townships Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 267, St. Michael, MN 55376, postmarked by May 1, 2013.

Each essay will be judged by an independent panel based upon originality, knowledge of subject matter in relationship to the title, supporting statements, correct spelling and punctuation.

The judging will be completed by October 1, 2013. Winners will be notified in writing in mid-October 2013 and invited to attend the MAT's annual meeting on November 21-23, 2013, in Morton.

For more information, visit www.mntownships