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Kansas Rural Voices Youth Contest

Scholarship Sponsored by North Central Regional Planning Commission

Scholarship Value: $850
Awards Available: 2
Award Deadline: Dec 02, 2019

The Rural Voices contest is sponsored by the North Central Regional Planning Commission (NCRPC), Beloit, Kansas, to engage the youth of North Central Kansas in thoughtful reflection on rural Kansas and to promote a discussion among citizens based on their insights. More than $22,000 has been awarded to high school seniors from around the region since the contest began in 2006.

Contest Theme – "Rural Kansas…Rural by Choice"

The NCRPC invites high school seniors in North Central Kansas to prepare an original essay or video based on this year's contest theme of "Rural Kansas…Rural by Choice." Entries should address the following:

Opportunity can be created no matter where a person lives. Many young people and entrepreneurs are making the choice to stay or return to their rural community to live, work, and prosper. What can be done in your community or in the region to encourage people to want to move or return there? What challenges must be overcome to encourage others to choose rural?

Entry Deadline

All entries must be received electronically no later than 11:59 p.m. on December 2, 2019. Contest registration forms are due the same date.

We suggest keeping a copy of the sent email so there is proof of a date mark prior to December 2, 2019, 11:59 p.m. in case technical difficulties arise. Late entries without such proof will not be considered.

Eligibility Criteria


The contest is open to any senior in high school who lives in and/or attends a public or private high school whose district falls within the primary 12-county NCPRC service area - including the counties of Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Marshall, Mitchell, Ottawa, Republic, Saline and Washington. Home school students in this same area may also enter.

A student is eligible to enter if any portion of their school district's official boundaries falls within the 12-county NCRPC service area.

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