Achievement Week Essay Contest

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International High School Essay Topic for 2022

TBD
2021 Topic | Promoting self-employment and entrepreneurship is an important way of creating new jobs and enhancing the labor market for the unemployed and other disadvantaged groups. In a post-COVID environment, why is it essential that young people change their mindset towards self-employment.

INFORMATION

 

The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. offers an annual International High School Essay Contest and awards scholarship assistance in the form of monies awarded to eligible high school seniors who are selected during a competitive process at the chapter, district and international levels.  The Essay Content is presented as a mandated element of the annual International Achievement Week Observance that the Fraternity hosts to commemorate its member, Bro. Dr. Carter G. Woodson (OMEGA Chapter).   

In 1927, at the urging of Bro. Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the Fraternity made National Negro Achievement Week an annual observance.  Today we recognize that week as Black History Month, which is observed annually in February.  Originally designed to promote the study of Negro life and history, the Fraternity’s Achievement Week observance occurs annually in November -- the month the Fraternity was founded -- and it is designed to seek out and give due recognition to individuals at the local, district, and international levels who have made noteworthy contributions toward improving the quality of life for Black Americans.

The 2021 observance period occurred November 14 through 20, 2021, which, as is customary spanned the Fraternity's Founders' Day which occurs annually on November 17.  The 2022 observance period has not been announced, but it will occur in November 2022 and is again expected to span November 17.

 

The Essay Contest is annually open to all college-bound, high school seniors who submit an essay application through a Chapter of the Fraternity.  Chapter scholarship award amounts vary by chapter, so contacts your local chapter directly. 

 

Chapter Essay Contest winners may compete for a Second District scholarship award, and the Second District Essay Contest winner (1st Scholarship) may compete for and receive an International scholarship award to be awarded in 2022 following proof of college enrollment.  The Fraternity's "Second District" is made up of Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.  The scholarship awards for the 2021 essay contest candidates were:

Second District Scholarship Awards

1st Scholarship | $1,000*

2nd Scholarship | $500

3rd Scholarship | $250

International Scholarship Awards**

1st Scholarship | $5,000

2nd Scholarship | $3,000

3rd Scholarship | $2,000

4th Scholarship | $1,000

*Winner may compete for the International Scholarship Award

**Must provide proof of college enrollment to receive scholarship award.

Essay Contestants' submission deadlines for the Second District essay contest are published on this page.  Submission deadlines at the local chapter level can be obtained by contacting the respective chapter directly via the contact email and/or phone numbers they provide on their website and/or public notices of the essay contest; often through high schools, churches and the like.

As a reminder, eligible high school students' essays MUST be submitted to a local chapter in the students' respective community or area. (e.g., an Undergraduate chapter in their area, or a Graduate chapter in their city, county or similar).  See the Resources section below for additional guidance.

2021 AWARD WINNERS

Second District Scholarship Awards

Miss JIANI JOHNSON

1st Scholarship Winner*

representing Xi Lambda Lambda Chapter

Miss LANIYAH DUNCAN

2nd Scholarship Winner

representing Gamma Gamma Chapter

Miss KARIS TURNER

3rd Scholarship Winner

representing Tau Pi Chapter

* Miss Johnson will represent the Second District -- i.e., Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey & New York -- at 

the Fraternity's international level competing against eleven other essay winners from eleven districts whose composition

include some 700 plus chapters across the United States and internationally.

RESOURCES

For assistance locating an appropriate local chapter to submit an essay, reference the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. website at www.oppf.org and select About and then Find A Chapter from the drop down.  For best use, enter your state where indicated and review all listed chapters to identify one or more whose contact address corresponds with either your home address or your high school's address, then contact the chapter directly for related information and guidance.

Click the PDF link provided below to access the Essay Contest application, eligibility rules, submission process, rating criteria and other information. 

Direct questions to the Achievement Week Committee Chairman via achievementweek@opp2d.org.

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