Press Release
November 9, 2010

Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation Announces Annual Dream Scholarship Essay Contest Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Contest Encourages High School Juniors and Seniors to Reflect on Dr. King's Legacy and Their Own Dreams

ATLANTA – November 9, 2010 – The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce the call for essays in its annual Dream Scholarship Essay Contest: A Call for Tomorrow's Leaders. The writing contest focuses on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and challenges youth to reflect on his ideals.

The essay contest is open to high school juniors and seniors in public schools in Atlanta, and DeKalb County, Georgia. Students must be U.S. citizens to be eligible to participate.
For 2011, students who participate will be asked to write on one of the following topics:

Option A: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. worked toward nonviolent social change during his leadership of the civil rights movement. If he were alive today, what social issue would you recommend that he address and why? What steps do you think he could take to address that social issue and create meaningful change? How could you help?

Option B: In his speech titled "The Drum Major Instinct," Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. defined greatness as a service and said that "everybody can be great because everybody can serve." How have you served your community thus far? What are your plans for showing your greatness through service in the future?

The contest is designed to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to encourage students and leaders of today and tomorrow to reflect on Dr. King's legacy, their dreams and their strategies for achieving those dreams.

"We are pleased to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by sponsoring the Dream Scholarship Essay Contest," said Vernon Strickland, a litigation attorney in the Atlanta office of Holland & Knight and one of the co-founders of the essay contest. "Dr. King's teachings, as well as his character of compassion, courage, perseverance and responsibility, are timeless and still relevant today. Tomorrow's leaders – the high school students of today – should reflect on Dr. King's life and teachings and apply them to their lives. This essay contest encourages that reflection."

Students interested in participating can visit the Holland & Knight Dream Scholarship Essay Contest Web site for official contest rules and to view past winning essays. All essays must be postmarked by the entry deadline January 14, 2011 and mailed to: Dream Essay Contest, c/o Ms. Lura Battle, Holland & Knight LLP, 1201 West Peachtree Street, One Atlantic Center, Suite 2000, Atlanta, GA 30309.

Winners will be notified of contest results and winning essays will be posted on the contest website in February of 2011. The following scholarships will be awarded to winning essayists: 1st Place: $3,000 scholarship 2nd Place: $2,000 scholarship, and 3rd Place, $1,000 scholarship.

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