Essay Package
Scholarship App
Scholarship Rules
Participating Schools
Ann.& Evt. Schedules

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1. Contestants must be of African American Junior or Senior in High School attending one of the twelve designated far South Suburban High Schools, namely: Marian Catholic, Rich South, East, Central, Homewood-Flossmoor, Thornton, Thornridge, Bloom, Crete Monee. and South Suburban Charter Schools. An Essay Application must be completed and signed by student.

2. Essays are required to be Original and must have been written no later than 6 months from the due date.

3. Contestants must submit one (1) original notarized competition essay with three (3) copies of the original on or before the deadline of April 29th 2017.

4. The top of each page must include the contestantís name, title of essay, date written and page number.   A cover page should precede the first page of text and all pages thereafter must be numbered.

5. The essay must contain a minimum of (8) eight text pages, and a maximum of twelve (12) pages, double spaced. The bibliography or a List of Sources page is required and does not count toward the minimum page requirement.

6. Contestants must be prepared to answer questions asked by one or more judges.

7. Essays and an application must be submitted on or before Saturday, April 29th, 2017 and if mailed, postmarked no later than that date and mailed to:

P.O. Box 446
Park Forest, IL 60466

Essays are judged by the following criteria:

Creativity and literary expression of subject matter

Grammar usage, spelling, and overall organization

Degree of complexity of topic and contestantís knowledge of subject matter

Credibility of cited resources and research materials

Quantity of supporting documentation found in the body of the text, footnotes and bibliography.

An essay is an analytic or interpretive literary composition usually dealing with it's subject from a limited or personal point of view.

An original essay is the written expression of its authorís opinion. At best, an essay blends facts with imagination, knowledge and emotions, never giving itself wholly to one or the other. The essayís purpose is always the same: to express an opinion. Therefore, the essayist should feel strongly about the topic; one that he or she has experienced, witnessed, or has a serious opinion or interest in the subject.