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July 6, 2013

JFI scholarships available to high school students affected by tornadoes

NORMAN — The Joe Foss Institute (JFI), in partnership with The Lynn & Foster Friess Tornado Challenge Fund, has announced a scholarship essay contest available only to Oklahoma high school students impacted by the recent tornadoes.

Two winners will be chosen and each will receive a $5,000 scholarship to Oklahoma State University. Students currently in their freshman year at Oklahoma State University may be eligible to enter. Complete rules may be found at joefossinstitute.org.

The essay contest is centered on the theme, “Rebuilding Together — How I am working to help my community.” Essays will be evaluated based upon creativity, theme development, clarity of ideas and mechanics. Entries must be submitted electronically by Sunday, July 21 to Scholarship@joefossinstitute.org and the winner will be notified by Aug. 11, 2013.

“We are proud to offer this scholarship opportunity,” said JFI CEO and President Lucian Spataro. “Originally, we had one scholarship to grant. Now, through the generosity of The Lynn & Foster Friess Tornado Challenge Fund, our scholarship was matched and two students will benefit.”

A well-known philanthropist, Foster Friess promised in May to match $1 million in donations to help tornado victims. Friess, who traveled to Moore after the tornado, notes, “The entire country watched the tragedies unfold and witnessed the true spirit of civic engagement and community spirit. We want to reward that spirit.”

The Joe Foss Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established to educate youth on the importance of America’s freedoms, history and civics, and to inspire them to community service. Founded in 2001 by Medal of Honor recipient General Joe Foss and his wife, the Institute has served more than 1.2 million students nationally through in-classroom presentations, curriculum and scholarships.

To date, JFI has awarded more than $141,750 in scholarships. To learn more about the Institute, their programs and other scholarship opportunities, visit joefossinstitute.org.

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