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Congressional Seminar Essay Contest for High School Students

Win the writing competition, win a trip to Washington, D.C. from June 17-23, 2023

The Congressional Essay Contest is run by NSCDA Corporate Societies and Town Committees across the United States. Freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior year high school students submit essays that are then judged and awarded.

The essay topic changes annually. This year the NSCDA asks students to:

Examine the US Constitution as a whole and explain why you think it does or does not fully protect the Right to Vote.” 

Winners receive full tuition and travel to the Washington Workshops “Congressional Seminar,” a week-long civic-focused adventure in our nation’s capital. The seminar provides two meals daily and an additional per diem, university campus housing and access to world-class museums, government offices, and memorable tours. Are you curious about what to expect on this trip? Click here to check out a past itinerary or watch this 4:30 minute video.

Learn more about the Washington Workshops Foundation.

Students:

To Apply:

  • Digitally fill out the application
  • Write a compelling 750 word essay
  • Send in the application and essay to your state representative (contact dames@nscda.org)
  • Applications are due December 1

Note: Children and grandchildren of an active member of The NSCDA may not receive a scholarship to the Congressional Seminar. They are still eligible to participate. Email Mary Bradshaw, NSCDA Congressional Essay Consultant, at mary_bradshaw@comcast.net for more information.

Teachers:

We look forward to reading your class submissions! Consider hanging our poster in your room or digital pin board.

Encourage your students to complete and submit their applications.

Email Mary Bradshaw, NSCDA Congressional Essay Consultant, at mary_bradshaw@comcast.net for more information or if you have any questions.

 

Donations to this Essay Contest are greatly appreciated.

 

Congressional Seminar Essay Contest Gallery