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Crafting a Top-Notch Application: Tips from Former Prize Winners
Founded Jr Ocean Guardians and created the #NoStrawNovember movement
Overall: Let those who are reviewing your application know the goodness you are doing! Most importantly, be yourself and your passion for your project will shine through.
Founded Faces of the Endangered to protect endangered species through the sale of her artwork
References: Choose people who are deeply involved with your project or your service work and can attest to your good character, the amount of time you’ve put into your project, and the positive things that have come through it.
Overall: Spend a lot of time on your application and look it over many times to make sure you didn’t miss anything. It took me months to gather everything and get my references.
Co-founded Baltimore Beyond Plastic to reduce trash and plastic pollution in her city on the Chesapeake Bay
Invented a low-cost water filter for use in developing countries
References: Choose people who understand why you do what you do and can speak to your dedication and character. It might be easy to get caught up in which references’ titles are most impressive or which has the best writing style, but it’s most important to find those who know you and can express your drive.
Created Milkweed for Monarchs to help protect migratory monarch butterflies
References: Find good references who know you and your project well.
Created Kids Speak for Parks to protect our national parks and monuments
References: Choose people who have seen your leadership role in your project first-hand.