Florida Black History Month Essay Contest

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Three Florida students will win four-year scholarships in Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott's Black History Month Essay Contest.

The contest is open to all 4th through 12th grade students in Florida.

Three winners will be selected:one elementary school student (grades 4-5), one middle school student (grades 6 - 8), and one high school student (grades 9 - 12).

Contestants must be Florida residents, attend school in Florida and provide aSocial Security Number. Each student may enter only one essay, written in English, no longer than 500 words.

The winners will receive a 4-year florida Prepaid College Plan scholarship provided by Florida Prepaid college Foundation. Winners will receive awards at the Scott's Black History Month celebration in Tallahassee.

Entries can be mailed to Volunteer Florida, Black History Month Committee, 3800 Esplande Way, Suite 180, Tallahassee, FL 32311, or submitted electronically through an online submissioin form.

All entrants must be received no later than 5 p.m. EST on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Emailed, scanned or faxed entries will not be accepted.

Direct your questions to Contact Volunteer Florida at (850) 414 - 7400.

The 2018 Black History Month Essay Contest Online Submission Form can be downloaded here.

The 2018 Black History Month Essay Contest Parent/Legal Guardian Waiver Form (required for Online Submission) can be downloaded here.

The 2018 Black History Month Essay Contest Rules, Guidelines & Waiver Form can be downloaded here.

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~ Three students will earn a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott invited Florida K-12 students to participate in the 2018 Black History Month art and essay contests based on this year’s theme, “A Celebration of Innovative African-American Leaders.” Students, parents, teachers and principals are also invited to nominate full-time educators in elementary, middle and high schools for the Black History Month Excellence in Education Award.

Governor Scott said, “Ann and I are proud to join Florida families in celebrating Black History Month this February and encourage every Florida student to participate in the 2018 Black History Month contests and nominate one of our state’s great educators for the Excellence in Education Award.”

First Lady Ann Scott said, “Governor Scott and I are so honored to announce this year’s Black History Month contests in celebration of Florida’s many innovative leaders. I hope every student takes advantage of this opportunity to learn about our state’s history and potentially earn a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship. We are also honored to recognize this year’s featured artist, Thomas H. Lewis, whose beautiful one-of-a-kind stained glass art is displayed around the country.”

About the Student Contests

Art Contest for Grades K-3: The Black History Month art contest is open to all Florida students in grades K-3. Two winners will be selected.

Essay Contest for Grades 4-12: The Black History Month essay contest is open to all Florida students in grades 4 through 12. Three winners will be selected: one elementary student (grades 4-5), one middle-school student (grades 6-8), and one high school student (grades 9-12). Winners will receive a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

About the Excellence in Education Award

Governor Scott’s annual Black History Month Excellence in Education Award Contest is open to all full-time educators in an elementary, middle or high school in Florida. Three winners will be selected: one elementary teacher (grades K-5), one middle school teacher (grades 6-8) and one high school teacher (grades 9-12).

Contest Entries and Nomination Forms and Guidelines

Student contest forms and educator nomination forms must be mailed to Volunteer Florida or submitted online at www.FloridaBlackHistory.com.

Volunteer Florida

Black History Month Committee
3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 180
Tallahassee, Florida 32311

All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 2, 2018.

More information about the contests and Florida’s Black History Month is available at www.FloridaBlackHistory.com.

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