The Booker T. Washington - American Hero
Essay Contest

Want to motivate youths in your community to live, learn, and lead successfully?
    Here's your chance! ... co-sponsor an essay contest for middle schoolers in your community!
"After reading about Booker T. Washington and the obstacles he faced, what have you learned, and how will you meet obstacles you may encounter in your own life?"
You will help youths think about the struggles that BTW experienced and overcame, and how his common-sense, practical thinking and doing can help them succeed in life.

Imagine the inspiration and 'spark' you will provide to the future leaders and members in your own community. Here are the rules, prizes, and how to go about it... It's easy!

Get yourEssay Contest info sheet here.

Contest Rules

      1) Open to Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers (5th-12th grades).
      2) 15 students (min) in any one grade from any one school to participate.
      3) Essays must be typed or clearly handwritten.
                (estimated / recommended essay length:
          5-6th grade: 250-300 words;   7-8th: 300-350 words;   high schoolers: 400-500 words.

      4) Essays will be judged by grade within the school.
            (To insure local peer-to-peer evaluations, a local service club, such as Rotary, Kiwanis,
              or the Booker T. Boosters Club, is asked to co-sponsor and judge.

Contest Prizes

      1) Essay Winners' Prizes* Award: $50, Runner-up: $25.
      2) Awards and Certificates will be presented by local co-sponsoring organization.
      3) Winning essays may be displayed on the BTW Society's national website.
          *co-sponsors have discretion to change prize amounts.

How it works:*

If you are a parent, principal, teacher, local service club member...
1) Contact the BTW Society here to indicate your interest and obtain more information.
2) Contact a school Principal, guidance counselor, or teacher in your area
to offer this essay contest to their students at no cost to them!
3) Order booklets: BTW--American Hero (min bulk order: 20 @ $1.50ea.)
4) Contact a local community service club to co-sponsor by,
a) providing judges to read the essays and/or,
b) purchasing BTW-American Hero booklets or providing prizes.

*If unfamiliar with schools or service clubs in your area, just contact the Society.
  We will compile and send you a list of local schools/service orgs with contact info

Conducting the Contest:

1) Announce contest with essay deadline.
2) Give a copy of BTW--American Hero to each student who chooses to enter.
(be sure to allow 2-3 weeks for student to read about BTW and write essay.)
3) Students hand essays in to teacher.
4) Teacher forwards essays to you and/or service club.
5) Service club 'jury' picks the winners and notifies school and BTW Society.
6) BTW Society mails certificates, with local club's logo, to co-sponsor
for presentation during a school assembly or other appropriate time/place.
7) Co-sponsoring club/organization issues news release.

Click here to download this Essay Contest info sheet. is beneficial to all concerned!

      Children benefit from learning, thinking, and writing about living right.
      Schools benefit from reinforcing the development of positive character habits.
      Service Clubs benefit from helping children in their community and positive publicity:

With thanks... Caring Friends (Houston), who came up with the idea to use BTW -- American Hero" to help kids focus on how, no matter what their own circumstances may be, they can overcome struggles in their own lives. John J. Pershing Middle School students in Houston participated!