High school students in grades 9-12 (open to public, private, parochial, and home school) nationwide write letters to themselves, family, teachers, mentors, peers, bullies, future children, etc., on the subject of race, ethnicity, and identity. The letters allow people to put their thoughts and feelings into words that might typically be tough to express. They can also share words of gratitude, hope, and their personal journey and learning that they’d like to share. You can write a letter, but you can express your feelings through lots of things like a letter or a spoken word poem. The objective is to use your own words and voice in expressing your thoughts and feelings about your identity.
To enter, complete the submission form on the scholarship provider's website, click on the “Write Your Story” link. Please follow these directions to enter: Complete the submission form with your name, school, grade, email address or phone, gender (optional), ethnicity (optional), and, if preferred, parent contact information can be listed instead. Sign permission, ownership of work, and waiver. Check the box for the type of submission, either poem or essay, report the word count (limit = 900), give affirmation that if selected, student winners need to ship original pieces to Make Noise Today, send a photo, and be available to read their piece, virtually or in-person. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.