Dr. King Essay Contest

OHIO UNIVERSITY SOUTHERN

2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest Guidelines

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, JANUARY 5, 2018

BY 5:00PM

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Remaining Awake through a Great Revolution"
In a speech at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, on Oct. 15, 1962, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. expressed, “I am convinced that men hate each other because they fear each other. They fear each other because they don’t know each other, and they don’t know each other because they don’t communicate with each other, and they don’t communicate with each other because they are separated from each other.”
At Ohio University Southern, we are inspired by Dr. King and his message above. Our campus’ “I AM…” series provides an opportunity to learn and understand each other. Our stories and experiences are unique and important. By sharing them, we break down barriers that divide us. No matter what labels are assigned to us, and no matter what ideals we may hold, we are all a shared humanity that is, as Dr. King said, “tied to a single garment of destiny.”
WRITE a personal “I Am” essay in which you focus on an aspect of your personality, your cultural heritage, your values, or any aspect of your identity to communicate with others about yourself. Have you ever been stereotyped because you play a musical instrument or a sport? Have you ever been discriminated against because of your gender, race, sexual orientation, or physical abilities? Who are you? Write this essay to help communicate who you are and your unique role in your community.
For full consideration, be sure to follow the guidelines below:

Rules & Guidelines:

1. Entry form must be submitted with the essay.

2. Students may submit only one essay, and it must be the student’s original work.

3. The essay must be typed in Times New Roman font, size 12, double spaced with standard one inch margins,  one side only.

4. The essay must be between 750 and 1000 words (about 3-5 pages).

5. The name, home phone number, parent’s email address, school,grade, and age of student author must be submitted on the entry form,accompanying the essay. Do not place your name or any other identifying information on any other page.

6. All essays are to include references, utilizing at least one book source, but no more than one website source. The sources do not need to be from Dr. King. They can relate to the topic of your essay.

7. Essays may NOT include photographs, images, illustrations, etc.

8. All essays will be judged on the author’s knowledge of the following: Dr. King and his work in the civil rights movement, relevancy to essay theme, originality of ideas and clarity of expression, personal perspective, organization, grammar, and guidelines.

9. All essays submitted become the property of Ohio University Southern and may be displayed on the website, in other university publications, or in locations throughout the community.

10. Children of Ohio University Southern faculty and staff are not eligible.
Prizes
Prizes will be awarded in two categories; grades 6-8 and 9-12. 
Grades 6th – 8thGrades 9th – 12th
            First Place - $100.00                   First Place - $100.00
            Second Place - $50.00                Second Place - $50.00
            Third Place - $25.00                    Third Place - $25.00
1st, 2nd and 3rd place essays will be published on the OUS website. Along with the cash award students will receive a certificate of achievement, an OU t-shirt, and be invited to attend the Annual Ohio University Southern Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration where students will be publicly recognized for their achievement.
Deadline & Submission
To submit a essay by email: 
  1. In the subject area of the email write the title of your essay
  2. Include in the text of your email the following information (This information serves as your ENTRY FORM for email submissions. Entries will not be read without the following):
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Essay Title
  • School Grade & Age
  • Street Address, City, State, Zip Code
  • Telephone Number with area code
  • Parent’s Email Address
  • School Name & Teacher’s Email Address
  1. Attach Speech (do not include your name or any of the above information (except title) on your essay).

Registration Deadline: Friday, January 5, 2018 at 5:00pm.  
A confirmation will be sent to the email address listed on the registration form within three business days.
To submit your speech by postal service:
  1. Print and fill in the registration entry form
  2. Attach the registration form to your speech (do not include your name or entry information on your essay)
  3. Mail registration form and essay to:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest
Mail-in Submissions:
Essays must be received by Friday, January 5, 2018 at 5:00pm.  A confirmation will be sent to the email address listed on the registration form within three business days.
Essays may also be submitted on a walk-in basis.  The essay should be delivered to the Office of Student Services located on the campus of Ohio University Southern in the Collins Building.  The essay should be delivered to the attention of Robert Pleasant. Walk-in essays must be received by Friday, January 5 at 5:00pm.  A confirmation will be sent to the email address listed on the registration form within three business days.
Winners will be by notified by email and telephone.
By accepting a prize, winners grant to Ohio University Southern, the OUS Council on Diversity & Inclusion, the Ohio University MLK Celebration Committee and The Office of Diversity, Access and Equity the right to edit, publish, copy, display and otherwise use their entries in connection with this contest, and to further use their names, likenesses, and biographical information in advertising and promotional materials, without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law.  No responsibility can be assumed for lost or late mail.  Entries will not be returned.
Robert Pleasant, Coordinator of Diversity & Inclusion
Essays will be evaluated by a committee of faculty, staff, and students from Ohio University Southern.  Decisions of the evaluation committee are final. The committee must receive at least five contest entries for each grade range to run the contest.

Enter the MLK Advancing The Dream Essay Writing Competition

You could win $500, $750 or $1,000!

The 2018 MLK Essay Contest is open to high school seniors attending Arlington schools or residing within the Arlington city limits. Scholarships to help defray the cost of college tuition and books will be awarded to the winning first, second and third place essay writers.

First Place – $1,000 Scholarship
Second Place – $750 Scholarship
Third Place – $500 Scholarship

Our Theme

“Continuing The Dream:  Moving Toward Unity, Justice and Peace”

How To Enter

SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS 5 PM FRIDAY, NOV. 17, 2017
Please mail all entries to:
Arlington MLK Committee
P.O. Box 1921
Arlington, TX 76004-1921

  • Must be a High School Senior enrolled in an Arlington school or residing within the city limits of Arlington. This includes private and charter schools in Arlington.
  • One essay per student. Essays must be original, typed, double-spaced, and must not exceed 1,500 words.
  • Cover sheet must contain student’s name, school, home phone number, address and email address. None of this information should be included in the body of the essay.
  • E-mail essay as a Microsoft Word document attachment to Cheryel.Carpenter@Arlingtontx.gov
  • Essays will be judged on the basis of organization, content, voice, creativity, grammatical structure and overall conformity to the celebration theme.

Contest Rules

Entries will be judged in December 2017. Winners will be formally recognized at the Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Advancing the Dream Awards Banquet on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 and throughout
the four-day celebration weekend.

For more information about the MLK Essay Competition: Cheryel.Carpenter@Arlingtontx.gov or 817-459-5384 or 817-832-3470.Download the contest flyer, click here.  

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