Who Can Apply: The essay contest provides academically talented and highly-motivated high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to address a topic that embodies some of our communities’ most pressing issues and are asked to write an essay to defend their research, analyses and opinion. Submissions are judged by a special committee of CBC Spouses.
• Essay contest is open to high school juniors and seniors (grades 11 and 12) at time of submission of essay.
• Essay contestants must reside in a district represented by a Congressional Black Caucus Member.
• Be a U.S. citizen/legal permanent resident.
• Contestants should identify as Black or African-American
Submission: Essay Prompt:
“According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, 47% of Black Americans are more likely than other racial groups to say selective colleges should consider race and ethnicity in admissions. However, as we know the Supreme Court did not agree and struck down race -conscious admissions as a factor of consideration. Please base your essay on one or any of the four questions. For clarity, you may include one or up to all four questions in your essay: 1. Do you agree with the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down race-based admissions? Why or why not?; 2. Will the Supreme Court decision affect your choice of applying for colleges? Why or why not?; 3. Does the Supreme Court decision draw you closer to applying at HBCUs and/or were you including HBCUs in your overall application process regardless of the Supreme Court decision? Please explain your thought process in this decision.; 4. Do you believe that colleges and universities can be diverse without affirmative action plans? Why or why not?”
Deadline: March 31, 2024