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Dream Scholarship Essay Contest Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

ATLANTA -- 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. Students must be U.S. citizens to be eligible to participate.

For the 2011 contest, 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, 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 entries.

All essays must be postmarked by Friday, Jan. 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 Web site in February of 2011.

The first-prize winner will receive a $3,000 scholarship, the second-prize winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship and the third-prize winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship.