The following national essay contests are coming up. Feeling inspired? Maybe not? Either way I’m here to help, if you need it.
1. Sponsored by the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, the prestigious Profiles in Courage Essay Contest invites United States high school students “to consider the concept of political courage by writing an essay on a U.S. elected official who has chosen to do what is right, rather than what is expedient.”
Due Date: January 7, 2013
Award: $10,000 scholarship
2. The National Right to Life Pro-Life Essay Contest is right around the corner.
Essay Topic: Why I Am Pro-Life.
Due Date: January 18, 2013
First place: $200
3. Sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace, the National Peace Essay Contest ”promotes serious discussion among high school students, teachers, and national leaders about international peace and conflict resolution today and in the future.”
Essay Topic: “What does it mean to have a gendered approach to war and peace issues?” (Psst! There is a study guide available for this one at their website.)
Due Date: February 1, 2013
Award: State winners will receive scholarships and will come to Washington for an educational awards program.
4. This national essay contest for high schoolers, sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, would be a good one to submit to if you plan on majoring in journalism!
Essay Topic: “Why is it important that we have news media that are independent of the government?”
Due Date: March 7, 2013
First Place Award: $1,000 scholarship