GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 8) — Michelin Earthmover Tires is accepting applications for its second annual Michelin Mining Essay Contest.
The competition is open to all full-time students pursuing a degree in a mining specific field at an accredited university. The first event last year drew applications from 23 students representing nine colleges and universities.
"We are pleased to note how well the initial year of our contest was received," said James Griese, Michelin Earthmover director of sales - surface mining, North America. "These students are the leaders of tomorrow's mining industry. This contest allows Michelin to be a part of their education and to continue its commitment of strengthening the future of this industry's greatest asset — its people."
Students will write the essay answering the questions, "How competitive is the North American mining industry?" and "What advantages and disadvantages does our industry have over other geographic areas such as South America and Australia?"
To be eligible for this year´s contest, students must have at least 30 credit hours completed and not be scheduled to graduate before spring 2007. Essays must be received by Oct. 31. A panel of judges from throughout the mining industry will select the winners. Selection is based on whether the essay addresses and answers the topic chosen, originality, writing ability and communications skills.
Two winners — to be announced in December — will be selected, and each will receive $3,000.
To apply, students must fill out an application, complete with a typed and electronic copy of the essay plus a form verifying that they are enrolled in a mining specific program and mail them to Michelin North America Inc. There is no cost to apply.