Sigma Mu Mu Chapter
2020 High School Essay Contest
(A mandated element of the Annual International Achievement Week Observance)
Sigma Mu Mu chapter is accepting essays for consideration in its Annual High School Essay Contest. The winner will be awarded $500.00. Contest closes on October 16, 2020. Only essays postmarked or time-stamped on October 16, 2020 or earlier will be considered and reviewed by Sigma Mu Mu.
Note to contestants: Sigma Mu Mu Chapter’s High School Essay Contest winner may be eligible for an Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. International High School Essay Contest scholarship award in the amount of $5,000.00 (1st Scholarship); $3,000.00 (2nd Scholarship); $2,000.00 (3rd Scholarship); or $1,000.00 (4th Scholarship).
The Sigma Mu Mu point of contact for this essay contest is Mr. Johnston Pope. He may be contacted at 703-725-7215 if you have questions.
The 2020 Essay title is shown below:
“Learning about politics and life as a citizen is part of the transition to adulthood. During this stage, young people are introduced to political processes and issues, as well as a range of political activities including voting and participation in social movements. “Against the backdrop of the global “Black Lives Matter” movement, why is it even more important for young people to become and remain politically engaged?”
ELIGIBILITY & RULES
This essay contest is open to all college-bound, Loudoun County, VA high school seniors.
The essay must be original and neither previously published nor secured by copyright. The essay must be between 700 and 750 words in length. The essay must be typewritten, double-spaced, and prepared in Microsoft Word. The essay may be sent via email or Postal Service.
All submissions will be reviewed by Sigma Mu Mu Chapter. Submissions will not be accepted after October 16, 2020.
The following information for the contestant must appear on the first page in this manner:
An Essay By: _____________ Home Street Address: ____________________________
City, State, Zip Code: ______________ Name of High School: _____________________
Address of High School: ________________________________________
Student Email: ____________________________ Phone# _________________________
Contest Name: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity International High School Essay Contest
Name of Chapter Sponsoring Project: Sigma Mu Mu Location of Chapter: Ashburn, VA
Students are encouraged to submit your essay via our online website at: SMM Online 2020 Achievement Week Essay Form . You may also send your essay via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit your essay via US Mail. All manuscripts must be postmarked, or time stamped on the email not later than midnight, October 16, 2020. The mailing address for Sigma Mu Mu is listed below:
Sigma Mu Mu Chapter
Attention: Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 2538
Ashburn, VA 20146
By submitting a manuscript and participating in the essay contest, you hereby grant to the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. the right to keep the manuscript and to exercise full publishing rights to it. The Sigma Mu Mu Chapter award(s) will be announced on or about June 1, 2021 and the decision of the judges will be final. The manuscript must present an adequate treatment of the essay topic. The winner(s) will be required to furnish written proof that they were enrolled in their respective high school at the time the essay was submitted. The award(s) will be submitted to each winner upon receipt of that written proof.
RATING CRITERIA FOR ESSAYS
- Development of Topic/Thesis: (30 possible pts.) Topic well developed (covers and develops major points, supplying enough information for understanding)
- Progression: (20 possible pts.) Composition progresses from beginning to end in a logical flow of information
- Readability: (25 possible pts.) Concise prose that sticks to the point and does not ramble (holds reader’s attention)
- Grammar: (15 possible pts.) Agreement of subject and verb; proper tense; correct sentence construction; paragraphing, including transitional phrases linking same
- Spelling: (5 possible pts.)
- Punctuation: (5 possible pts.)