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The New York Council for the Humanities' 2000 Young Scholars Contest is an essay contest that will award up to $5,000 in scholarship funds to a New York State high school student.

Assemblyman Robert Daly, R-Niagara Falls, said he was confident in the abilities of Niagara County students and said he hoped all area high school students would participate.

The theme for this year's contest is "A Momentous Decision." Applicants are being asked to select a decision, either public or private, that they consider of extraordinary importance.

Daly said the winning entry will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship; the second prize winner will receive $3,000; and the third prize winner will receive $2,000. Three runners-up will each receive $500. Young scholars will receive their prizes at a special ceremony in New York City, and the first prize essay will appear in "Culturefront," the Council's quarterly magazine of the humanities.

Essays must be between 2,500 and 4,000 words in length. All entries must be postmarked no later than April 1. Eligibility is restricted to legal residents of New York enrolled full-time now in grades 9 through 12. Each essay must have a separate title page that lists: the title of the essay, the student's name, home address, telephone number, grade level and address of the student's school; and list the school's Congressional District, State Senate District and State Assembly District.

Six copies of all materials, each fastened by paper clips, should be mailed to: Young Scholars Contest, New York Council for the Humanities, 150 Broadway, Suite 1700, New York, N.Y. 10038.

For more information contact Daly's office at 1700 Pine Ave. or call 282-6062 or on the Web at

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