January 14, 2013

Essay contest focuses on college, lifetime success

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Undergraduate students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are eligible to enter an essay competition that focuses on college success.

The Center for Inclusive Excellence is sponsoring the event as part of the upcoming Black History Month celebration.  The essay theme is, “How Success in College Leads to Lifelong Fulfillment.”

The contest is open to all SIU students, including online students, enrolled for the spring 2013 semester. Selected faculty from across a variety of disciplines will judge the essays.  The criteria include originality, creativity, depth of content, and relevance to contemporary issues on academic success and life achievement.

The first prize is $300; the second-place entry will receive $150.

The essays should be no longer than four double-spaced pages.  Submit essays to Heather Hernandez in the Center for Inclusive Excellence at heatherher@siu.edu.  Each entry should have two copies of the essay, with one of the copies including the name of the person submitting the entry.  The entries should be in either a Microsoft Word or pdf document.

The entry deadline is 4 p.m., Feb. 11, with the winners announced on Feb. 27 at the Black History Month Essay Participants Banquet.

For more information, contact the Center for Inclusive Excellence at 618/453-3470.