"Should young Americans be required to spend at least one year in public service or is such a requirement an unnecessary government intrusion?"

The 2014 Junior Achievement Essay Competition is now closed.

Thank you for your interest in the 2014 Junior Achievement Essay Competition, sponsored by David M. Rubenstein. The competition closed at 11:59 p.m. on October 29, 2014, and all applications and essays needed to be recieved by Junior Achievement by that time.

Winners will be announced in spring 2015.


Junior Achievement of Greater Washington was pleased to offer the 2014 Junior Achievement Essay Competition, sponsored by David M. Rubenstein. This fall, Junior Achievement invited students from Greater Washington to compete for $110,000 in scholarships.

The competition was open to any student in the 9th-12th grade in Greater Washington from August 20 - October 29, 2014, and and asked students to write a 1,000-1,500 word essay on the topic "Should young Americans be required to spend at least one year in public service or is such a requirement an unnecessary government intrusion?"

Ten Student Scholarships to Win:
Three Each in DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Plus One Grand Prize Winner
Ranging from $10,000 - $20,000
A first, second, and third place winner will be selected from each of Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, and will be each awarded a $10,000 scholarship. One grand prize winner selected from all applicants received a $20,000 scholarship. All winning students will be recognized at a private awards ceremony in spring 2015. In addition, from each of Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, the school with the greatest number of eligible applications will receive a $6,000 grant.

Three $6,000 School Awards to Win:
One Each in DC, Maryland, and Virginia
From humble beginnings come great things. Itís the American dream. If you take the rudder and choose a direction, you can control your future. Junior Achievement believes in the boundless potential of every young person and in inspiring the next generation to harness the vision to excel and navigate their path to success in the modern economy. At Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, we believe that to truly inspire the regionís young people, we must build a bridge from the classroom to the future. We also believe that any path to success is paved by a sound foundation of financial literacy, meaningful workplace experiences, entrepreneurial skills, and real role models who can show kids how to harness the vision to excel. The job market and economy are uncertain. What is certain is that Junior Achievement graduates will be more prepared to make the right choices and less likely to become saddled with debt. In fact, 90% of JA graduates report that they felt significantly more confident in their ability to make the right choices in life. You can support Junior Achievement by volunteering in a classroom, donating, or participating in a JA Bowl-a-Thon with friends, family, and co-workers. Companies can support Junior Achievement by attending the Washington Business Hall of Fame, organizing a JA Bowl-a-Thon for their employees, or teaching in a local school as part of a JA in a Day event.

David M. Rubenstein is a Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, one of the worldís largest private equity firms. Mr. Rubenstein co-founded the firm in 1987. Since then, Carlyle has grown into a firm managing more than $199 billion from 38 offices around the world. To honor his many accomplishments, Mr. Rubenstein was inducted to the Washington Business Hall of Fame in November 2007.

Learn more about the 2014 Junior Achievement Essay Competition by following the links below:
For more information, please contact David Bing,
Senior Director, Operations and Analytics, at David.Bing@JA.org or (202) 777-4475.


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