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Rotary District 5580 offers scholarships to essay winners

The Rotary Club of Dickinson will be awarding local high school juniors and seniors up to $700 in scholarship funds. The winning entrant will then have the opportunity to win an additional $1,250 at the regional and district levels.

Rotary District 5580 offers this essay contest as an incentive to young people to develop their skills of self-expression and as evidence of a sincere interest in the ideals of our youth. All students in their final two years of high school are eligible to participate.

The essay can deal with any topic of the student's choosing, but it must apply the principles of The Rotary 4-Way Test:

• Is it the TRUTH?

• Is it FAIR to all concerned?


• Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

The Rotary 4-Way Test was first conceived in 1932 at the height of the Great Depression by a Chicago businessman, faced with the challenge of saving a major company from bankruptcy. Looking for a way to save the company, he sought a short yardstick of ethics that could be used. Company personnel were asked to learn the test and to observe it as a guide to every aspect of business. As a result, a climate of trust and goodwill gradually developed among dealers, customers and employees, and the 4-Way Test was credited with returning the company to a thriving status.

The 4-Way Test has inspired safe driving programs, crime and drug reduction activities, and has been the subject of countless secondary school essays. The message has appeared on roadside billboards, bronze plaques and has been translated into more than 100 languages.

The 500-1,000 word essay must be submitted in typewritten form, and the local deadline for entries is Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. More information can be found on the Dickinson Rotary Facebook page or by emailing Alex Schwab at