Essay Writing Contest

Essay Writing Contest

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American Democracy Project & Academic Success Center 
“The measure of a Life is its Service”


Essay Contest

The Academic success center is hosting an essay contest for undergraduate and graduate students. The purpose of this contest is to showcase SHSU students’ commitment to civic engagement and the betterment of their communities.

Scholarships for the Fall 2018 semester will be awarded to first place ($1000), second place ($750) and third place ($250) submissions.

Winner will also be recognized in an outline publication and on the academic success center’s website. In addition, the top submissions will be published on the SHSU American Democracy Project website. We are look for short, personal narratives demonstrating the theme “The measure of a life is its service.” We want true stories of real SHSU students committed to the extraordinary service and civic engagement. Essays may feature personal, first hand experiences or may showcase service observed in others.

There is no minimum length required, but the maximum length of the essay is 1000 words. All essays will be blindly reviewed and evaluated for both content and form. After the initial judging, a small set of essay will be recognized for overall excellence and recommended for publication. The winning essays will then be selected from this group. Essay must be submitted by April 6, 2018 to Electronic submission are required. Submissions should be sent as email attachments (.doc, .docx, or .rtf files only) with the email subject line as “The measure of a life is its service essay contest.”

Each contestant may submit only one paper to the contest. To permit blind reviewing, there should be no self-references or other identifying elements within the papers; please do not include a heading the with author’s name. Essays should be double-spaced.

In the body of your email, please include:

  • Your full name
  • Sam ID
  • Your e-mail address
  • Your telephone number
  • The following statement of authenticity: “I am submitting an original essay to the Sam Houston Academic Success Center essay contest. I certify that this essay is my own work. I understand that my essay will not be returned to me and may be used by Sam Houston State University for publication in promotional materials.”


Sponsored By:
The American Democracy Project and The Office of the Provost