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Essay Contests

Check back in the fall for more information about our Fall 2015 contest!


ECCLA conducts two essay contests per year, one in the fall, and one in the spring.  The fall essay prompt is “What I Want Most that Money Can’t Buy,” and the spring prompt is “Becoming You.” The contest is open to students in grades 6-12 within the ECCLA service area boundaries of Olympic Blvd., Slauson Ave., Crenshaw Blvd., and Alameda St. (To see a list of eligible schools,click here.) The essay contests are separate from our Scholarship Programs, which are conducted in the spring.

Teachers often use the essay contests as a tool for their entire class, and incorporate one or both prompts into their curricula. Participating students receive certificates of participation, which also note how far the student’s essay made it in the contest. Cash prizes are awarded to the first, second and third place contestants at both middle and high school levels.