2017-2018 Student Essay Contest
The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis announces the 30th Annual Student Essay Contest open to all high school students in the Ninth Federal Reserve District.
Should the federal government increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour?
Contest Rules and Submission Information
Thirty student finalists will receive $100. In addition, a first-, second- and third-place winner will be selected. The third-place winner will receive an additional $200, and the second-place winner will receive an additional $300. The first-place winner will receive an additional $400 and a paid summer internship at the Minneapolis Fed during the summer of 2019. The winning essays will be published online.
Teachers with one or more students who are selected as finalists will receive a $100 cash prize.
Student essays due
April 20, 2018
May 4, 2018
Awards Program at Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
May 18, 2018
If you have any questions, email EssayContest@mpls.frb.org or call 612-204-5168.
Essay Contest Archive
Rules | Finalists | 2017 Teacher Letter
Each year the Economic Club of Traverse City holds an essay contest to inspire area students to apply themselves and become engaged in discussions of economic issues relevant to our area. The first place award is $1,500, second place is $1,000.
2018 Essay Rules & Directions
Eligibility: All high school juniors and seniors in the five-county Grand Traverse Region
(Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau)
Deadline: March 16, 2018
EMAIL cover sheet and essay as Word documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
All emails must include two Word documents – one word document cover sheet and another word document for essay. Both Word documents must be in the same email.
Within the COVER SHEET please include
- Your name, address, phone number and email address
- Your school, class and name of instructor (or adult) who informed you about this contest
- Whether you are a junior or senior
- Your name must only appear on the cover sheet, not on the essay submission
- Please write as an opinion or persuasive paper. We are more interested in the development and presentation of your thoughts. Do not write a research paper. But it is expected if you quote outside sources you will provide proper reference citation (i.e. identify your sources to give credit to them and to lend credibility to your point of view).
- Given the level of prize awards, it is very important that you use correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. Proofread, proofread, and proofread. This area is of high importance.
- Essays should be minimum 750 words with a maximum of 1000 words (two-three pages double spaced). Please provide a computer word count on your paper so this requirement can be verified.
The United States national debt is one challenge that your generation will be facing. How do you feel it ranks among other important issues of the future and what are your concerns about it? Present your case for the two best ideas about how to reduce the deficit.
Winners will be contacted in early May. Contest winners and their teachers will be honored and prizes will be presented at the June 22, 2018 Economic Club luncheon. The meetings are held at the Traverse City Golf and Country Club.
Questions? Call Gina Thornbury at 231-709-1810 or email email@example.com
2017 Essay Finalists
Congratulations to the 2017 Traverse City Economic Club Essay finalists!
1st Place- Stephanie Purifoy
Glen Lake High School
Read 1st Place Essay
2nd Place- Jacob Palmer
Glen Lake High School
Instructor: Tim Wheatley
Read 2nd Place Essay