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Congressional Seminar Essay Contest for High School Students

Win the writing competition, win a free trip to Washington, D.C. from June 25-July 1, 2022

The Congressional Essay Contest is run by NSCDA Corporate Societies and Town Committees across the United States. 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:

“Choose one of the five freedoms in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and discuss why it should or should not be changed in today’s high-tech global society.” 

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.


To Apply:

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 Libby Siskron, NSCDA Congressional Essay Consultant at for more information.


We look forward to reading your class submissions! Be sure to review the Rules, Information, and Judging Criteria. Consider hanging our poster in your room or digital pin board.

Encourage your students to complete and submit their applications.

Email Libby Siskron, NSCDA Congressional Essay Consultant at for more information or if you have any questions.


Donations to this Essay Contest are greatly appreciated.


Congressional Seminar Essay Contest Gallery