CBC Spouses Essay Contest

This 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.

Winners and their families are invited to Washington, DC in September to accept their awards and attend a panel discussion on the topic during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference (CBCF-ALC).

• 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 African-American or Black.

General Rules
• All essays must be submitted online.
• Contestants must compose an original essay with limited guidance from adults and teachers.
• The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) will have the right to publish, in full or in part, or otherwise duplicate any essay entered in the contest, along with the author’s name, without payment to the author.
• All entries must be received by April 30, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST.

Essay Guidelines
• All essays must be submitted online.
• Essays should be original compositions; no less than 750 words, and no more than 1000 words with evidence that supports their findings.
• Essays will be judged on overall content, quality, universality, style and grammar and alignment with contest theme.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Essay Contest Writing Prompt: The events of the past year have magnified the challenges facing many African Americans. We watched Black families struggle to obtain basic human needs such as employment or unemployment funds to pay for food and shelter. We heard of students losing interest in online learning and losing motivation to attend class. The pandemic disproportionately hit our communities and with it, highlighted racial, health and education disparities that affect Black and brown communities. “Please share how the educational goals you hope to achieve will position you to be a change agent in your community. Explain why you believe that your ideas will make things better?”