2015 - 2016 International Achievement Week Observance
Theme: “Omega at the Forefront: Fulfilling its Legacy.”
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Announcement of our Annual International High School Essay Contest
As a phase of the Annual International Achievement Week Observance
Awards: 1st $5,000; 2nd $3,000; 3rd $2000; 4th $1,000 (Paid at the International Contest)
Winners will be announced during the week of November 9-15. Winners will be selected to represent
IOTA at the District Level, Winner selected from District sent to International HQ.
Eligibility: The Contest is open to all college-bound, high school seniors
Contest Closes October 23, 2015
The essay must be entitled:
"What can be done to assure that American citizens do not lose their voting rights
and that they regain any rights that have been lost in recent legislative changes."
The essay must be original and neither previously published nor secured by copyright.
The essay must be between 700 and 750 words in length.
Three type-written, double-spaced copies must be submitted via postal service or
email in .doc or .pdf format.
The following information for the contestant must appear on the first page in this manner:
Ti t le: _____________________________________________________________________________
An Essay By: ___________________________ Home Street Address: ____________________________
City, State, Zip Code: _______________________ Name of High School : _________________________
Address of High School :_________________________________________________________________
C o n t e s t Name :
Omega Psi P h i F r a t e r n i t y I n t e r n a t i o n a l Hi g h S c h o o l E s s a y C o n t e s t
Name of Chapter Sponsoring Project: IOTA
Location of Chapter: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
The manuscript must be postmarked or time stamped on the email not later than midnight, October 23, 2015,
and sent to the LOCAL CHAPTER SPONSORING THE ESSAY CONTEST.
Local Chapter Address: Omega Psi Phi PO Box 201266 Chicago, IL60620
Local Chapter Email: DBFN4948@AOL.COM
Persons submitting manuscripts thereby grant to the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. the right to keep the
manuscripts and to exercise full publishing rights to them. Awards will be announced on or about July 1, 2016, and the decision of the judges will be final. The manuscripts must present an adequate treatment of the essay topic. Winners will be required to furnish written proof that they were enrolled in their respective high school at the time the essays were submitted.
Awards will be submitted to each winner, upon written verification from an
institution of higher education that the individual has enrolled. Actual enrollment (not just acceptance) is
required. Awards must be claimed within 18 months after the announcement date to be valid.
RATING CRITERIA FOR ESSAYS
1. Development of Topic/Thesis: (30 possible pts.) Topic well developed (covers and develops major points,
supplying enough information for understanding)
2. Progression: (20 possible pts.) Composition progresses from beginning to end in a logical flow of information
3. Readability: (25 possible pts.) Concise prose that sticks to the point and does not ramble (holds reader’s
4. Grammar: (15 possible pts.) Agreement of subject and verb; proper tense; correct sentence construction;
paragraphing, including transitional phrases linking same
5. Spelling: (5 possible pts.)
6. Punctuation: (5 possible pts.)