Zócalo’s High School Essay Contest
Zócalo Public Square prides itself on working to enhance our understanding of community — the forces that strengthen or undermine human connectedness and social cohesion. We’re seeking fresh ideas from Los Angeles area high school seniors in response to the question: What is the most powerful way to make your community stronger?
Current high school seniors under the age of 19 and enrolled in Los Angeles Unified School District high schools are welcome to enter the essay contest.
- Essays must answer the question, “What is the most powerful way to make your community stronger?”
- Essays must be no longer than 1,000 words.
- Essays must have only one author.
- Essays must include the telephone number, email address, mailing address, and school affiliation of the entrant.
- Essays may be submitted by a student, a teacher, or a principal. Teachers and principals may submit multiple entries on behalf of their students, provided they include all information requested in this section.
Zócalo Public Square will judge the submitted essays on the basis of: following the essay guidelines; originality of ideas; depth of analysis; and writing style. Judging and selection of winners is under the sole discretion of Zócalo Public Square.
The Southern California Gas Company will award scholarships to the winners in the amount of: $750 for first place; $500 for second place; and $250 for third place.
For more information on this scholarship, please check out our wesbsite.