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Congressional Seminar Essay Contest for High School Students

This essay contest is a major project of The NSCDA held under the auspices of the Washington Workshops Foundation, a private nonprofit educational program in American government for high school students. Winners receive full tuition, including seminar materials, university campus housing, and two meals daily, for a week of citizenship education about the national government, plus fun, new friends, and tours of sites in our nation’s capital.

∗2018 Essay Topic and Title∗

“Why did the authors of the United States Constitution give Presidents the power to issue Executive Orders? How did Congress and the Judicial Branch limit these orders?”

Rules, Information and Judging Criteria for Essay Contest

Essay Poster

History of the Congressional Essay Contest

How to Apply

Review Essay Rules and Information to make sure your submission complies with all rules.

Email or mail by USPS your essay with the Completed Application to the local/state NSCDA Congressional Essay representative or Patriotic Service Chair as directed. Unsure about who this person is? Please email  Dames@DumbartonHouse.org for the correct name and contact information. Please include your name, State and county/parish of your school and contact information.

Email Dames@DumbartonHouse.org if you have any questions.

*Please Note: Grandchildren and children of Dames are not eligible for the contest but can still participate. Please contact Libby Siskron at lsiskron@mindspring.com for more information.

Congressional Seminar Essay Contest Video

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