The Pittsburgh-based non-profit organization Luminari has announced the deadline for school districts interested in participating in the second annual Luminari Award, a merit-based scholarship for area students to attend the organization's diplomacy camp in June.
Luminari will select up to eight area schools to participate in the awards process to select student recipients who will be in grades 7 through 11 during the 2012-2013 academic school years. Award winners from each school will receive a scholarship for an all-expenses-paid admission to Luminari's "I Want to be an Ambassador!" camp.
The camp will be held from June 18 through June 26, 2013, marking the fourth year for the program. The seven-day experience is designed to teach young people the art and skills of diplomacy and ways to start using those skills immediately to solve problems in their communities and around the world. Camp includes a week of activities both in Pittsburgh and in Washington, D.C., where campers interact with diplomats on Embassy Row.
"We have two goals for the Luminari Award. One is to reward students for their noteworthy personal and academic qualities," said Luminari founder and President Hilda Pang Fu. "The second goal is to honor the dynamic schools and inspiring teachers who support these students."
"We are looking for students who are motivated, open-minded, and willing to learn and be inspired by 'out-of-the-box' activities," Ms. Pang Fu said. "Winners will attend the 'I Want to be an Ambassador!' camp in June 2013 and that camp is all about committed young people coming together to discover ways to collaborate, build sustainable working relationships and become agents for positive change in our world."
To qualify, schools must commit to opening the competition to all eligible students; and gather at least six successfully completed applications from students in their district. For complete information about the competition and guidelines to participate, interested schools should contact Luminari no later than October 30, 2012, at 412-877-1888 or visit Luminari's website at www.luminari.org.
Luminari Award winners will be announced in mid-February 2013.
Luminari is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization founded to support and create activities that broaden minds, inspire innovations and promote community engagement.