Discovering Me Scholarship Award
1st Place: Miajah Spriggs
2nd Place: Au'jinae Roberts-Fountain
3rd Place: Selah White-Smith
Honorable Mentions: Kayla Cabeza-Reyes, E'riel Davis, Empress Swift
1st Place: Cara Hadden
2ndPlace: Marley McDonald
3rd Place: Amillyah Barnes-Wimberly
Honorable Mentions: Gabriel McCrea, Ayisha Ferguson, Armani Bailey.
Deadline Extended to November 5, 2022 (Midnight)
SOMETIMES PERSONAL OR FAMILY CHALLENGES CAN GIVE US STRENGTH
Each year Esther Productions Inc. presents cash prizes for the best essay written by teen girls who are facing the challenge of father absence.
Write an essay of not less than 750 and not more than 1500 words telling us how you have faced that struggle while discovering yourself and your resilience.
If your essay is selected by the judges, you could receive a cash award
$1500 (for those between the age of 15 and 18)
$500 (for those between the age of 13 and 14)
Anyone not selected for the top prizes will receive a $15 cash gift certificate
YOU MAY SUBMIT AN ESSAY IF:
you live in the District of Columbia;
you are between the age of 13 and 18; AND
you are growing up in a home without the daily presence or active engagement of your biological father because your parents are divorced; or are separated and no longer live together; or they have never lived together; or your father is incarcerated.
Tell us how you have faced the challenge of father absence to achieve self-discovery, to recognize your resilience and to attain self-empowerment.
SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED SEPT. 1 THROUGH Nov. 5, 2022 (MIDNIGHT)
ESSAY SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Only one essay may be submitted per individual.
The essay submission must include a cover page with the author’s name, age, name of school, home address and email contact.
The name of the author may not appear on any page of the essay OTHER THAN THE COVER PAGE.
The length of the essay must be not less than 750 words and not more than 1500 words.
The essay submission must be written in 12-point font and must be double-paced.
The essay must be written in English.
The essay should be free of typos and grammatical errors.
The essay should be a word document or PDF.
ORIGINALITY—Maximum 20 POINTS: The author demonstrates through her writing that the essay is based on her original story.
POWER AND CONSISTENCY OF VOICE—Maximum 15 Points: The author’s voice, as a storyteller, commands and sustains the reader’s/judge’s attention.
STRENGTH OF WRITING--Maximum 20 POINTS: The author has a mastery of the personal essay as a literary genre; presents well-constructed sentences and paragraphs; demonstrates a strong use of language; presents work that uses grammar properly and is free of typos.
ARTICULATION OF ISSUES AND THE CHALLENGES RELATED TO FATHER ABSENCE—Maximum 25 POINTS: The author explains in clear coherent sentences and language the challenge she faced or is facing growing up in the home where her father is absent.
EVIDENCE OF GROWTH AND RESILIENCE--Maximum 20 POINTS: The author presents evidence within the essay that she has faced the challenge of father absence, she has witnessed person growth and demonstrated resilience.
YOU MAY SUBMIT YOUR ESSAY FOR CONSIDERATION IN ONE OF TWO WAYS
1. Regular Mail: Hard-copy or printed essays may be sent by regular United States Post Service mail to Esther Productions Inc. at 1629 K St. NW—Suite 300, Washington, DC 20006
2. Electronically: E-mail submissions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org Please write Discovering Me in the subject line.
Ana Acevedo is a manager in the DC government; Patricia Bitondo is a board member of the Educational Foundation of the Woman’s National Democratic Club and a businesswoman; Dr. Misty Freeman is a public school psychologist; Ana R. Harvey is a former senior executive in President Barack Obama’s administration who focused on the development of women-owned businesses; Alicia Henry is a former nonprofit executive; Shelley Livingston has been active in several social and progressive causes and organizations, including Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington and the Woman's National Democratic Club; Leroy Nesbitt is executive director of The Black Student Fund; Winfield Swanson is Director of Communications for the Woman’s National Democratic Club; and Addison Switzer is an actor and CEO of BuckWild Media.
Esther Productions Inc. CEO and Scholarship Coordinator: jonetta rose barras
Arts Marketing and Promotions Consultant: Afrika Abney
ENTER TODAY! TELL US YOUR STORY!
Questions? Write to email@example.com
Esther Productions, Inc. is a Washington, DC-based national nonprofit organization. Founded in 2004, it is dedicated to inspiring and empowering girls and women, especially those who are growing up or have grown up without the presence and active involvement of their fathers in their lives. The Discovering Me Scholarship Award 2022 is presented in partnership with The Anacostia Coordinating Council and The Black Student Fund. It is supported through generous contributions from Kerry S. Pearson LLC, Fort Myer Construction Corporation Charitable Foundation, Amerigroup DC, JRose Communications Corp and Esther’s Friends.