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Write About An African-American Who Inspires You – You Could Win a Scholarship!

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Whether it's a popular musician or a historical figure, everyone has someone she looks up to. You may have a quote by this person written in your planner or even a poster of him or her up on your dorm wall. It doesn't really matter if this person has won three major music awards or a Nobel Peace Prize; what's important is that they light a fire under you to live fully and well. So the question is, who inspires you?

In honor of Black History Month, Regions Bank is hosting its fourth annual Regions Riding Forward® Scholarship Essay Contest where students can write a 500-word essay describing an African-American who has inspired them for an opportunity to win a $3,500 or $5,000 scholarship. The deadline to submit your essay is February 26th, so don’t miss out!

If writing is one of your passions, consider this a sign that you should apply! There are no specific guidelines as to which African-American you should write about —it’s all up to you! Perhaps a song has inspired you to live each day with nothing but gratitude. Or maybe an actress’s acceptance speech helped you realize that your dreams of being an actress are attainable. Whoever it may be, Regions wants to hear how you’ve been inspired and why this person should be celebrated!

In order to enter, you must be either a high school senior or college freshman, sophomore or junior and be a legal resident in select states. Any eligible student of any gender or race can apply to win! Sixteen high school seniors will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship and 16 college freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be awarded a $3,500 scholarship. Check out the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest website for all the details, including eligibility requirements, prize information and the Contest Official Rules.

Though the clock is ticking, you still have plenty of time left until the Feb. 26 deadline! We hope you seize the opportunity to write about someone you’re truly passionate about—we sure will!

Sponsored by Regions Bank.


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