African American History Essay Contest

2017 Black History Month Contests Announced

Volunteer Florida is thrilled to share Governor Scott’s 2017 Black History Month contests for students and educators! Each year the Governor hosts an art, essay, and educator contest and awards to honor Florida’s African-American Heritage during Black History Month in February.

Art and essay contests are open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Students, parents, teachers and principals have also been invited to nominate full-time educators in elementary, middle and high schools for the Black History Month Excellence in Education Award. Three student essay contest winners will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

Volunteer Florida is grateful for the generosity of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation and our incredible sponsors. To learn more about the Governor’s 2017 Black History Month art, essay, and educator contests, please visit this link.

The contest is currently open and all entries must be received by 5:00 pm EST on Friday, January 20, 2017. Winners will be selected and notified after February 2, 2017.
Volunteer Florida is proud to be a Florida Black History Month partner and we are grateful for the generous support of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation for providing three 4-year Florida College Plan scholarships to essay contest winners.

Please take a moment to share this opportunity with students, parents, and education partners. For more information and contest guidelines, please visit this link.

Bloomington, Ind - The City of Bloomington Black History Month Committee announced that the 2018 theme for its annual Black History Month essay contest is From Protest to Progress: Unmasking the Movement.

“The essay contest theme is intended to inspire our next generation of leaders about the value of protest. From Protest to Progress encourages discussions about the ways African-Americans have unmasked the movement in the past and present by utilizing speeches, writings, songs, religious beliefs, the law, politics and much more,” commented Black History Month Committee chairperson Maqubé Reese.

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each of three categories: Elementary (grades 4-6), Middle (grades 7-8) and High School (grades 9-12). Homeschooled students are eligible to participate as well. First place winners will receive a 16GB iPad, second place winners will receive a $100 cash award, and third place winners will receive a $75 cash award.

All essays must be submitted on the Black History Month celebration website at by January 17, 2018. Winners will be honored at a reception on February 8, 2018 as a part of the City’s Black History Month celebration.

More information about the 2018 Essay Contest and Black History Month is available online.

The City of Bloomington Black History Month Essay Contest is sponsored by Indiana University Credit Union, Prince Hall Mason’s Stone City Lodge #54 and Order of the Eastern Star, South Star #50.


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