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Glamour's Top 10 College Women of the Year

Merriam Webster’s defines ‘glamour’ as “an exciting and often illusory and romantic attractiveness.” Since 1957, Glamour Magazine has been awarding inspiring and glamorous college women the honor of being named Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 College Women of the Year, reworking the definition of glamour to awe inspiring world changers. 

Katie Sanders, a contributing editor to the magazine laments, “Women who excel in college today tend to achieve even more mind-blowingly awesome things post-graduation; we’ve seen it with our 560 past winners, a roster of world-class physicians, CEOs, politicians, professors, Olympians, Pulitzer-Prize winners, and the list goes on. These women make incredible contributions to the world, and it’s so exciting and humbling for Glamour to support them.”

The 10 winners will not only receive up to $20,000 in scholarships and a trip to New York City, but they will be given a chance to share their stories in Glamour Magazine.  When asked about her favorite part of the competition, Sanders explains it is “meeting the winners in New York City and watching them meet each other! That Glamour can bring together 10 change makers and celebrate their accomplishments each spring is simply awesome.”

And awesome is exactly what the competition is trying to promote. With skyrocketing higher education costs, a shaky job market and mounting social change, college kids today have a lot to handle. Glamour’s Top 10 is not only aiming to help with the cost of paying for college but promote College Women to find their passion and voice. Sanders elaborates, “College is often that time when you make the jump from thinking about the type of work you’d like to pursue to actually full-on pursuing it. It’s tough to balance all your new freedoms and opportunities. And it’s even tougher to do so with grace and impact.”

Joining the ranks of classy and influential alumni can be an intimidating process. Thankfully, Katie has some tips for the application process. First and foremost she stresses the importance of following the application directions, including submitting all forms in the same envelope. From there, it is all about uniqueness, what makes you special and stand out. She goes on to explain that “the best applications are the ones where, after I review them, I think to myself, ‘Wow, that girl is going to change the world. No, wait, she already has.’ Inspire us. Make us want to give you $20,000 and meet you. And then maybe we will!”

Those wanting to apply still have time to get the required pieces together; this year’s deadline is September 15, 2013.  While the selection committee sorts through the amazing work of this generation, maybe it is time for dear old Merriam Webster to update their definition of ‘glamour’ to match the impressive accomplishment of today's college women.