The Network of Enlightened Women, a nonprofit promoting freethinking among women, has launched its annual “Gentlemen Showcase.” College-age men will compete in two categories — one for undergraduate students, and the other for graduate students and young professionals — for the title of “America’s top gentleman.”
Winners of each of the two categories will receive $1,000 to a charity of their choice. Additionally, the undergraduate winner will receive a Vineyard Vines tie and the Under 30 Category winner will receive a $100 Brooks Brothers gift card. The nominator of each winner will receive a $100 gift card.
Diana Stancy, a spokesperson for the organization, told Red Alert the contest was designed to “encourage mutual respect between men and women” by acknowledging the gentlemen who do exist.
“These men are making the world a better place,” she wrote in an email statement. “During the voting period, men receive votes based on the description written by the nominator, which includes details on their character, their involvement with the community, and their treatment of women.”
In 2016, 102 men were nominated for the contest and more than 30,000 votes were cast. The contest nominees include students from George Mason University, Harvard University, Penn State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Virginia.
Nominations for the contest are being accepted from February 1-to-28. Voting will take place from March 1-to-12.