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Wilmington Charter student earns scholarship in writing competition

Delaware Public Media
A 16-year-old Charter School of Wilmington student is now a published author and has a scholarship through the Diverse Minds Writing Challenge.

A Charter School of Wilmington student earned a scholarship for a book she wrote.


16 year-old Faith Kim's book, "True Colors," won this year’s Diverse Minds Writing Challenge contest for Delaware and Maryland students.

The contest challenges high school students to create a children’s book to help elementary school students understand and appreciate tolerance and diversity.



Kim says her book’s protagonist faces many of the same issues she experienced growing up. She hopes it teaches kids the importance of having an open mind.


“I’ve moved around a lot as a kid and I’ve also struggled to fit in. And in my elementary school, I was also the only Asian; so there’s that too. And then I just knew for my story, I wanted something to do with colors,” said Kim.

Kim says she found out about the contest through a local librarian.

“And she just got into contact….and she sent out all these emails about all these events. And so, I decided to join because it was interesting,” Kim said.


For her efforts, Kim receives a $5,000 scholarship and her book has been professionally published. It will be distributed to local schools, libraries and community organizations.


The book will also be accessible in an e-book format and will be available on iTunes and Amazon as a free download.


The Diverse Minds Writing Challenge was created by B’nai B’rith in 2006-2007 and is funded locally by Delmarva Power.


Delaware Public Media' s arts coverage is made possible, in part, by support from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.