Achievement Week Essay Contest

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International High School Essay Topic for 2021
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.



The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is pleased to announce its annual International High School Essay Contest.  The Essay Content is presented as a mandated element of the annual International Achievement Week Observance.  This years observance period is from November 14 through 20, 2021.


The Essay Contest is open to all college-bound, high school seniors who submit an essay application through a Chapter of the Fraternity.  Chapter scholarship award amounts will vary by chapter, so contact 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 scholarship awards include:

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' submissions are due in to the appropriate local chapter by October 15, 2021.

Second District Chapters' winning chapter essays are due in to the Second District Achievement Week Committee Chairman by November 19, 2021, and must be emailed to

For questions, contact the Achievement Week Committee Chairman via of (301) 717-5288.


Second District Scholarship Awards

Ms. Christine Kim | for Iota Nu Chapter | 1st Scholarship*

Ms. Amirah Ali | for Lambda Gamma Gamma Chapter | 2nd Scholarship 

Mr. Johnnie Brooker | for Nu Lambda Lambda Chapter | 3rd Scholarship

* Ms. Kim represented the Second District and was awarded the 3rd Scholarship at the International level.


For assistance locating an appropriate local chapter to submit an essay, reference the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. website at 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. 

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