The Library Company’s Amy Matilda Cassey Essay Contest 2019

The Library Company’s Amy Matilda Cassey Essay Contest 2019

Deadline: May 1, 2019

Applications are invited for the Library Company’s Amy Matilda Cassey Essay Contest 2019. The Essay Contest is an opportunity for high school students in the Greater Philadelphia region to reflect and interpret historical text within a contemporary context.

High school students are invited to do research at the Library Company or online through the Company’s digital collection and archive with support from their African Americana Specialist, Jasmine Smith. Applicants are invited to submit an essay (what length) reflecting the annual theme which often coincide with the National History Day Theme.

They are excited to announce that this year’s theme is From Tragedy to Triumph: Teaching about Black Girlhood in the Late 19th Century: A Case Study of the Sanders-Venning Family. The Amy Matilda Cassey Essay Contest stimulates further community interest in the study of African American history and allows the Library Company to connect their scholarship and collections to the world around them.

Prizes

  • The first prize winner will receive a $300 award, with a school award of $150;
  • The second prize winner will receive a $150 award with a school award of $75;
  • All applicants and their schools will be acknowledged at the Annual Juneteenth Freedom Seminar.

Eligibility

  • Open to high school students in the Greater Philadelphia region in the USA.

Application

  • One research essay per student. All essays may be uploaded as a PDF format.
  • Required length should be between 1,000 to 1,500 words.
  • Be sure the file is named in the following format: LastName_FirstName.pdf (example: Smith_Jane.pdf)

Click here to apply

For more information, visit Amy Matilda Cassey Essay Contest.

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