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2022 DR. EVA L. EVANS
LANSING JUNETEENTH
ESSAY COMPETITION & SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

APPLICATION PERIOD: FEBRUARY 27 - APRIL 30

Featuring

Virtual Juneteenth

“Preparing the Essay” Workshops


ALL VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS 6:30-7:30 PM
Wednesday, March 9
Wednesday, March 16

VIA ZOOM:

Meeting ID: 853 8400 5837 Passcode: 386692
Dial-in: (312) 626 6799


Thursday, April 20

 VIA ZOOM:

Meeting ID: 870 6284 6470 Passcode: 098096
Dial-in: (312) 626 6799

CATEGORY I

Grades 6th

Essay Contest

Award Values:

1st Place - $75 (value)

2nd Place - $50 (value)

Topic: Write your 300-400 word essay on the following:

  • What is Juneteenth?

  • What family member or person did you ask about Juneteenth and how was the holiday explained?

CATEGORY II

Grades 7th & 8th

Essay Contest

 

Award Values:

1st Place - $100 (value)

2nd Place - $75 (value)

 

Topic: Write your 400-500 word essay on the following:

  • What is Juneteenth?

  • Why do we celebrate this event?

  • Think about and describe the historical significances of Juneteenth to the black/African American culture in the United States.

CATEGORY III

Grades 9th & 10th

Essay Contest

Award Values:

1st Place - $200
2nd Place - $150

Topic: Write your 500-600  word essay on the following:

  • What is Juneteenth?

  • Why is celebrating Juneteenth historically significant?

  • What connections can be drawn between Juneteenth and modern-day social justice movements in the United States?

CATEGORY IV

Grades 11th & 12th

Juneteenth Bellamy-Taylor

Academic Talent Scholarship

Award Values:

1st Place - $500 (scholarship*)
2nd Place - $400 (scholarship*)

 

*Each winner will receive a gift certificate to Rush
     Investment Unlimited to help pursue other avenues to 
     pay for post-secondary education.

Academic Talent Scholarship

 

Award Values:

1st Place - Essay Winner (scholarship**)
2nd Place - Essay Winner (scholarship**)

Scholarship Value - Up to $30,000 - Tuition Only

 

**Awarding is based on the student’s admittance to 
  and subsequent attendance at Olivet College.

Topic: Write your 600-800 word essay on the following:

  • Explain the historical context that led to Juneteenth.

  • What is Juneteenth and why is celebrating it more important today than ever before?

  • Draw a connection between the Juneteenth celebration of freedom and other cultural celebrations of freedom or independence.

  • Reflect on why it is important that we continue to recognize and cultivate knowledge and appreciation for other cultural celebrations of freedoms across the world.

DEADLINE:

Essay submissions can be submitted online (below), or at any CADL branch location from February 23 – April 30, 2022. Entries received after April 30, 2022 will not be eligible and will not be returned.

Contest Award Program: 

The Juneteenth essay award program will be held virtually on June 16, 2022.  Additional details will be provided. 

 

Information: 

For more information please send your question or special request  by sending an email to education@lansingjuneteenthcelebration.org.   (This presentation is not sponsored by the Capital Area District Libraries.  Library staff cannot assist with contest detail questions.)

 

Please read contest details and rules thoroughly before submitting your entry.

Entries my be submitted by printing and completing the paper form

or the online entry submission process.

The Lansing Juneteenth Celebration is a project of Progressive Empowerment Education Resource Services - P.E.E.R.S. 501(c)(3).  The Juneteenth Essay Contest is presented in partnership with Olivet College.

THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

 

Submit Entry Online