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 Oak Park School District
Omega Psi Phi Annual High School Essay Contest

November 11 - 18, 2019

Contest Closes: October 18, 2019


13900 Granzon St. Oak Park, MI 48237 | 248.336.7715 | Fax: 248.336.7733


Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is pleased to announce its annual International High School Essay Contest!

Click HERE for the printable flyer!

Four College Scholarship Awards:

   1st Scholarship: $5,000

   2nd Scholarship: $3,000

   3rd Scholarship: $2,000

   4th Scholarship: $1,000


2019 Essay Title:

“The U.S. Census projects that the United States will become a majority-minority
country by the year 2045. How can we combat, prevent and/or reduce
prejudice, discrimination and violence in a new, more diverse America?”


Eligibility & Rules

The Contest is open to all college-bound, high school seniors who submit an essay application through a Chapter of the Fraternity.

The essay must be original and neither previously published nor secured by copyright. The essay must be between 700 and 750 words in length. The type-written, double-spaced essay may be submitted via postal service or email in Microsoft Word.


Submission Process

All submissions will be reviewed by your local Chapter (determined by your high school/home
address). Submissions will not be accepted after October 18, 2019.
The following information for the contestant must appear on the first page in this manner:

Title: _________________________________________________

An Essay By: ________  Home Street Address: _______________

City, State, Zip Code: ________ Name of High School: _________

Address of High School: _________________________________

Contest Name: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity International High School Essay Contest

Name of Sponsoring Chapter: Nu Omega Location of Chapter: 235 East Ferry St. Detroit, MI 48202

The manuscript must be postmarked or time stamped on the email not later than midnight, October 18, 2019, and sent to an Omega Psi Phi Chapter Sponsoring the Essay Contest.

Essays are not to be sent to the Fraternity’s Headquarters facility and will be considered


Rating Criteria

All local Chapters will assemble a review panel to assess submitted essays based on the following criteria. Essays may earn a maximum rating of 100 points.

1. Development of Topic/Thesis: (30 possible points)
    Topic is well-developed (covers and develops major points, supplying enough information for understanding)

2. Progression: (20 possible points)
    Composition progresses from beginning to end in a logical flow of information

3. Readability: (25 possible points)
    Concise prose that sticks to the point and does not ramble (holds reader’s attention)

4. Grammar: (15 possible points)
    Agreement of subject and verb; proper tense; correct sentence construction; paragraphing, including

    transitional phrases linking same

5. Spelling: (5 possible points)

6. Punctuation: (5 possible points)


Additional Information

Persons submitting manuscripts thereby grant to the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. the right to keep the manuscripts and to exercise full publishing rights to them. Awards will be announced on or about June 1, 2020, and the decision of the judges will be final. The manuscripts must present an adequate treatment of the essay topic. Winners may be required to furnish written proof that they were enrolled in their respective high school at the time the essay was submitted. Awards will be submitted to each winner, upon written verification from an institution of higher education that the individual has enrolled. Actual enrollment (not just acceptance) is required. Awards must be claimed within 18 months after the announcement date to be valid.


Local Contact

   Local Chapter Name: Nu Omega

   Bro: Albert A. Smith III