All essays must be approximately 500 –1,250 words, should have titles, and should be typed (double spaced, 12 point font, standard margins). Entries should include a cover sheet with the student’s name, school affiliation, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address and the title of their entry. Entries may be submitted via e-mail to Dr. Shane Rasmussen, firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the Louisiana Folklife Center, NSU Box 3663, Natchitoches, LA 71497. “2013 NSU Louisiana High School Essay Contest” should be the subject line of e-mails. Prize winning students will be notified by July 31.
The prizes for the Contest winners are $150, first place, $100 second place and $50 third place. In addition, the three winning essayists will each receive a $200/per semester NSU scholarship with a value up to $1,600 for four years. This award is in addition to other scholarship awards that the student may receive from Northwestern State University. To be eligible, essay winners must submit a complete scholarship application packet to the university by Dec. 1 of their senior year. Winners must also have at least a 20 ACT composite or 950 on the SAT, as well as at least a 2.0 GPA to be eligible. Essay winners need to submit proof of the award.
Winning essayists will be invited to read their paper at the fifth annual Louisiana Studies Conference at Northwestern State on Saturday, Sept. 21. The top three winning entries will also be published in the Louisiana Folklife Journal. Submission of an entry to the Contest entails granting permission to publish the essay in the Louisiana Folklife Journal. Entries may be subject to minor revision prior to publication. For further information, please see the website for the Louisiana Folklife Center at Northwestern State at louisianafolklife.edu.