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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Aspen Ideas Festival Scholarship

Everyone knows about the rarified air of Aspen, Colorado and the celebrities who call it home (or second-home).

But come summer, 12 public high school students with top grades and engaged community ties will travel to Aspen as Bezos Scholars @ the Aspen Institute for the acclaimed Aspen Ideas Festival (7 days: June 30-July 6; all-expenses-paid, people!). In Aspen, they’ll have opportunities to speak one-on-one with world leaders, global thinkers and acclaimed entertainers. Past scholars have met with Sandra Day O'Connor, Her Majesty Queen Noor, Colin Powell and President Bill Clinton, among others.

Upon selection of the 12 student scholars, 12 educator scholars will be invited from the respective schools, offering a remarkable leadership development opportunity for students and educators. Following the Aspen Ideas Festival, the scholar teams will return home to plan local Ideas Festivals for their schools.

Visit the site to view criteria, and download the poster, postcard, FAQs and more.

*THE DEADLINE APPROACHES: February 15, 2009.*

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