NU Online News Service, Sept. 17, 11:47 a.m. – The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, New York, has announced it will be offering the Girls Going Places College Scholarship Program for the third year in a row.

The program recognizes girls between the ages of 12 and 16 who demonstrate exceptional entrepreneurship.

Guardian will offer three top scholarship prizes worth $10,000, $5,000 and $3,000, and 12 finalist prizes of $1,000 each.

Guardian is asking adults to nominate candidates by submitting 1,000-word essays on why the girls deserve the scholarships.

A panel of judges will award scholarships to nominees who have demonstrated entrepreneurship or financial acumen; have taken the first steps toward financial independence; make a difference in their schools or communities; and show potential for future success

Entries for the 2002-2003 competition are due Feb. 28, 2003.

Guardian says it received more than 2,000 entries for the 2001-2002 competition.

The 2001-2002 first prizewinner, Karalynn Forrest, founded and manages a summer camp for local children, Guardian says.

Forrest recently obtained a license for a second business, “Scrapbook Kits,” which began local and Web-based sales in January.