Date: January 18th, 2016

Malala-Inspired Essay Contest Sponsored by the Women's Fund

“What specifically has Malala done to inspire you?” That is the question the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin’s Women’s Fund is asking local students to answer in the form of an essay for their chance to win $250. The contest is being offered through a partnership with the Women’s Fund and Community Read Rock County – a Wisconsin initiative that connects community and school by promoting literacy and communication within literature.

I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, the fight for girls’ education, a father (also a school owner,) championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. I Am Malala showcases the power of one young person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

The essay contest invites any student age 13-18 enrolled in public, private and home schools within Rock County to submit one original entry of 300-500 words on what specifically has Malala done to inspire him or her.  Entries will be judged on material organization, vocabulary and style, grammar, punctuation, spelling, neatness, and adherence to contest rules. Winners among three age groups: 13-14 years old, 15-16 years old, and 17-18 years old will each receive a $250 Visa gift card courtesy of Blackhawk Community Credit Union. For a complete list of contest rules, participants should visit and go to Women’s Fund in the dropdown menu of community funds.

All entries must be received in an email to [email protected] by 11:59 pm on Friday, February 12, 2016.

The purpose of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin’s Women’s Fund is to provide a permanently endowed source of funding to non-profit agencies that serve the needs of women and girls in Rock County. In addition, the fund provides hands-on grant-making and leadership experiences.

The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin works to match charitable donors with the needs of their communities in nine southern Wisconsin counties, including Rock, Walworth, Crawford, Iowa, Lafayette, Green, Grant, Sauk, and Vernon.  The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with assets in excess of $43 million. For more information on the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, call (608) 758-0883 or visit

Community Read Rock County, centered in Rock County, Wisconsin, connects community and school by promoting literacy and communication surrounding the thoughts and ideas presented in a work of literature. Based off of other community read programs, it was conceived by Dr. Alison Bjoin, Kaitlin Svabek, and Christine Pumilia. Annually, a book is selected for reading and events are planned to create spaces to examine, discuss, and explore the literature together. For more information, visit

For essay rules, click here.
For a poster, click here. (Legal Size Paper)