The exact number of essay contest winners will be determined by the quantity and the quality of the entries received. Up to six (6) winning essays will be selected.
First and second place contest winners will be awarded a monetary prize. The First Place Winner will receive a $1000 college scholarship, and the Second Place Winner will receive a $500 college scholarship. Additionally, all winners (including the 1st and 2nd place winners) will receive an all-expense paid trip to Alabama as part of the RTIEL, Inc. Youth Civil Rights Leadership Tour.
Students will travel to historic sites of the Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery and Selma, Alabama. Winning entrants will also take an active part in the Annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee and in other events sponsored by the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute.