Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Essay Contests

Middle and High Schools: Violet Richardson Award for Outstanding Girl Teen Volunteer

Deadline: December 7, 2012 (Deadline extended)

Contact: Ms. Kathleen Harnig, Soroptimist International Club of New York City, at or 917-432-5496

Soroptimist International is a global organization of professional women that provide community service through local clubs. Three area clubs – Manhattan, Staten Island and NYC – each present an annual cash award of $200-$1000 to a teenage girl (ages 14-17) who can demonstrate how her volunteer activities have contributed to the community and influenced her life. Only a short essay required. Club winners compete for additional cash prizes. Click here for instructions.

Middle and High Schools: 5th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest

Deadline: November 30, 2012

Contact: Nicholas Marino at

Students are invited to write an essay, in 500 words or less, on the topic, "Who is a Latino you admire and why?" The grand Prize for each is a $2,500 Scholarship. Subsequent prizes include the leading tablet computers, laptops and netbooks. For rules and other information, click here.

High Schools: Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarship Opportunity

Deadline: December 15, 2012

Contact: Alshante L. Squire at

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the U.S. Army Reserve OfficerTraining Corps invite high achieving African-American high school students to become the next generation of military officers/leaders. This scholarship program offers students the opportunity to pursue higher education, in a variety of concentration areas, from an undergraduate level through to a doctoral level, debt-free, in addition to a monthly stipend. Click here to learn more.


High Schools: Essay Contest – Realizing the Dream; Equality for All

Deadline: December 17, 2012

Contact: Debra Lesser at

The Association of Supreme Court Justices of the State of New York and the New York Law Journal are sponsoring the 12th annual essay for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Students are invited to write a 500 word essay presenting a compelling discussion on the role of the judicial system in “realizing the dream of equality for all.” Ten winners will be selected to intern for one week with a Justice of the Supreme Court, earn a $100 American Express gift card, and be eligible for publications in two premier New York State Law publications.


High Schools: Reginald F. Lewis Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: December 21, 2012

Contact: Arlene Dominguez at or 212-374-6823

The Fund for Public Schools and the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation are pleased to invite applications for the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation Scholarship, which will award college scholarships to outstanding public high school seniors. It was proposed by Mrs. Loida Lewis, wife of the late business leader Reginald F. Lewis, to be a celebration of Mr. Lewis’ life and entrepreneurial spirit, and to provide meaningful support to students who embody Mr. Lewis’ commitment to getting ahead through education. For more information on the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation, visit:

Five winners will be chosen, and each will receive a $5,000 scholarship administered directly to the postsecondary institution in which they enroll. Winners will be invited to attend an award reception hosted by the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation on January 18, 2013. For more information please visit

High Schools: Scholarship—Maathai Award for Civic Participation in Sustainability

Deadline: January 4, 2013 (5pm)


Inaugurated by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Midler Family Trust, and MillionTreesNYC, this is an annual $10,000 cash award granted to one female and one male New York City public high school senior. The award was established in honor of Dr. Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize (2004), founder of the Green Belt Movement, a tree-planting campaign to promote sustainable development, woman's empowerment, and democracy in Kenya.

Applicants for this award must:

• Be a senior in NYC public school intending to attend college in fall 2013

• Demonstrate commitment to and activity in civic engagement

• Demonstrate commitment to and activity in sustainability projects

• Provide evidence of having completed a sustainability project in high school that shows evidence of leadership, commitment to sustainability, mobilization of others

The award is intended to be used by the student for their first year of college. Click here to apply.

High Schools: Essay Contest – Law-Related Education

Deadline: February 25, 2013

Contact: Richard Lee Price at

The New York County Lawyers’ Association is sponsoring their annual essay for high school students. Students are invited to write a 750-1000 word essay on the topic, “should a sports team be punished for the improper conduct off of the field of its players or coaches?” Winners will receive prizes of $1000 for first place, $750 for second place, $500 for third place, and $300 for fourth place.

All essays should be typewritten on 8.5 x 11 paper, in a 12 point font, double-spaced, with an inch margin on all sides. Final essays should average three to five pages, with page numbers marked on the bottom. No footnotes or endnotes needed. (If quotes are used, then the source must be cited in the body of the essay.) The student’s name, school, school phone number, and teacher should be clearly typed on the top of the first page of the essay. (No cover page necessary.)

Essays should be email a pdf of the final essay to or mailed to:

Bronx Supreme Court

Justice Richard Lee Price

265 East 161st Street, Chamber 934

Bronx, NY 10451