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College Scholarships for Iowa 7th Graders

The Iowa League of Cities is now accepting submissions for the tenth annual “If I Were Mayor” Essay Contest sponsored by Snyder & Associates. The promotion of positive city government is important to the Iowa League of Cities and our firm. This contest is an opportunity for students to articulate their views on the role of a mayor and the impact it has on their community.

Snyder & Associates has sponsored the contest since 2015 and is proud to do so once again this year.

“As municipal engineers we work with city officials on a daily basis and have developed a strong appreciation for how they help shape livable communities,” states Snyder & Associates President Dave Moeller, PE. “Encouraging todays youth to reflect on the role that a city mayor has in listening to constituents and guiding community improvements is important because they’re our future leaders.”

 

A winning essay will be selected in each of the state’s four congressional districts.

Each district winner receives a $250 college scholarship. One grand prize winner selected to represent the State of Iowa will receive a $500 college scholarship. All winners, along with their parents and teachers, will be recognized in early 2020 during a special ceremony in Des Moines.

Contest Requirements

The contest is open to all currently enrolled 7th-grade students in Iowa. Essays must begin with the phrase “If I were mayor, I would…”, and should not exceed 250 words. Essays are judged based on creativity, clarity, the sincerity of thought, and proper use of grammar.

All submissions are due December 6, 2019. Winners will be notified by the end of December. Additional information and a complete list of contest rules are available online through the Iowa League of Cities.

In addition to this contest, Snyder & Associates also supports Brunch with the Boss, a contest organized by the Ankeny Economic Development Corporation. Also, many Snyder & Associates staff members are involved with community, professional, and service-oriented organizations, including Engineers Across Borders, MathCounts, and APA Ambassadors.

Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg gather for a group photo with scholarship award recipients of the 2018 Iowa League of Cities If I Were Mayor Essay Contest during a ceremony at the Iowa State Capitol.

Winners of the 2018 “If I Were Mayor” essay contest are honored during a celebration at the Iowa State Capitol building. Pictured left to right: Megan Dunlap of Emmetsburg Catholic School, Lt. Governor Adam Gregg, Adin Huet of Central Valley High School, Alyssa Ferdig of Waco High School, Governor Kim Reynolds, Ella Strand of Oelwein Middle School, and Larae Steiner of Mediapolis Middle School. Image Credit: Iowa League of Cities