Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
International High School Essay Contest
2020 Essay Title:
Learning about politics and life as a citizen is part of the transition to adulthood. During this stage, young people are introduced to political processes and issues, as well as, a range of political activities including voting and participation in social movements. “Against the backdrop of the global “Black Lives Matter” movement, why is it even more important for young people to become and remain politically engaged?”
Eligibility & Rules
The Contest is open to all college-bound, high school seniors who submit an essay application through a Chapter of the Fraternity.
The essay must be original and neither previously published nor secured by copyright. The essay must be between 700 and 750 words in length. The type-written, double-spaced essay may be submitted via postal service or email in Microsoft Word.
All submissions will be reviewed by your local Chapter (determined by your high school/home address). Submissions will not be accepted after October 16, 2020.
All local Chapters will assemble a review panel to assess submitted essays based on the following
criteria. Essays may earn a maximum rating of 100 points:
1. Development of Topic/Thesis: (30 possible points)
2. Progression: (20 possible points)
3. Readability: (25 possible points)
4. Grammar: (15 possible points)
5. Spelling: (5 possible points)
6. Punctuation: (5 possible points)
In 2018 A'Maya Allen's essay was selected by NU PI chapter as its winning essay. A'Maya's essay would continue on to win and represent the 10th District, and would ultimately place 3rd internationally!