Sunday, March 8, 2009

Free Money!!!

By Andrea Torres

This year Alpha Theta Phi is running the Letter to a Friend essay contest that we began last year with the support of the LaGuardia Foundation. The inauguration of the contest during the 2007-2008 academic year is special because it was created by students who understood the pressures of college. In the peer to peer spirit the contest's focus was to convince a friend not to drop out of college. The 100 hypothetical letters we received were all too real and they reflected the struggles students face in today's community college experience. The impact the letters had on the Foundation and supporting faculty and administration has provided Phi Theta Kappa with the funds to run the contest again. This time the chapter wishes to highlight on the 2008-2010 Honor Study Topic-Paradox of Affluence: Choices, Challenges, and Consequences by asking competing students: How has money affected your education? How would you convince the government to invest more money into public education?

If you are a student at LaGuardia and the monetary award can go towards your books, tuition, childcare, or other college expense, you are eligible!!!

*NO minimum GPA
*International students welcome
*Tutors help from the Writing Center in E-111 is encouraged
*Workshops to discuss topic will be available before deadline
*WIll be awarded at PTK Induction Ceremony,
*Winning letter will be publishe in college newspaper and PTK blog (with

*1st - $500
*2nd - $400
*3rd - $300
*4th -$200
*5th - $100

500-1200 words or no more than 2 pages in Times New Roman font size 12. (Letter format)

How has money affected your education? How would you convince the government to invest into public education?

Deadline: March 30th at 12pm in room MB-46
Applications will be available in MB-46 and E-111


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