Clinton Foundation Awards $2,500 College Scholarship

Little Rock, Ark. (Jan. 4, 2011) -- The William. J. Clinton Foundation has awarded a $2,500 college scholarship to the Arkansas high school student who submitted the winning essay in the statewide essay contest, "A Public Service Project for Haiti." Lindsey Pritchett, a senior from Bergman High School in Harrison, Ark., wrote the winning 500-word essay addressing the current challenges facing Haiti as it recovers and rebuilds from the January 2010 earthquake.
 
"With a $2,500 scholarship as the top prize, the competition was considerable," said Stephanie S. Streett, executive director of the Clinton Foundation. "We received 191 essays from 31 schools around the state. Not only were we pleased with the response, we were even more impressed by the content of these essays. Congratulations to Lindsey who wrote a truly exceptional essay."
 
The essay contest was held in conjunction with the Clinton Center's current temporary exhibit, "Haiti: Building Back Better." The contest was open to all Arkansas juniors and seniors and asked students to answer the following prompt:
"Despite a surge of interest in Haiti following the devastating earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010, the challenges are profound. In order to address challenges such as shortage of clean water and lack of infrastructure, many international organizations must find creative methods to deliver goods and services to the people of Haiti. If you were the leader of a non-governmental organization (NGO) currently present in Haiti, what would you do to help Haiti "build back better?"
 
In the winning essay, Lindsey proposed a way to clean up polluted waters in Haiti. "The solution is education and the implementation of biosand filters," Lindsey wrote. "To stop the spread of these water-borne illnesses, Haitians should invest in a low-cost system to cleanse their polluted waters."
 
About "Haiti: Building Back Better" 
The Clinton Presidential Center celebrates the people and culture of Haiti as the nation recovers from the devastating earthquake. The exhibit highlights the history of Haiti, Haitian arts and culture, President Clinton's presidential and post-presidential involvement with the country, and earthquake recovery efforts.

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