Announcing CEOS 2020 Essay Scholarship Contest

Aug 20, 2020Events

Collaborate to Educate Ours Sons (CEOS) is pleased to announce its 2020 Essay Contest for scholarships for the 2020/2021 Academic year. At least three scholarships will be awarded to sophomore, junior, or senior males in High School, Vocational School, College and/or Seminary. Two of the four scholarships will be exclusively for African Americans. These scholarships are for tuition support to assist young men to achieve their goal of graduation from college/seminary. 

Last date for application: September 7, 2020


Entrants must be high school, vocational school, college or seminary sophomore, junior or senior young men. 

Contest Instructions

In 1,000-1,250 words, write an original essay discussing the themes in one of the following topics:

1. For all, the efforts that have been expanded to integrate our society, we continue to experience racial unrest and a depreciation of cultural diversity. What would do to alleviate this plague, build bridges of understanding, foster peace and enhance cooperative relations among all people groups? How can institutions of higher learning help in this process?

2. The verdict is out on the value of embryonic stem cell research. While some scientists see it as a means of providing the means of fighting and eliminating some debilitative diseases, some see it as wrong and as unethical, given the value of life. What is your position on the issue? Present a strong case in its defense or one to negate its use. 

3. There has been much debate surrounding global warming. Some call the underlying research supporting it pseudoscience while others see it as strong scientific evidence. How would you argue this topic? Do you see evidence to support or deny it? Is global warming a global dilemma that is real and that all have an obligation to address or is it an attention catching alarm that is fake that all should ignore as a liberal overreach? Take a position and thoughtfully defend your position. 

4. Sustainable urban living without the use of excessive natural resources must be our future. As a young person, what are your thoughts about this issue? If you had the opportunity to speak to the President and to the congress on this issue, what would be your thoughts and recommendations?  

5. The press on marijuana has been divided. Some cite evidence of young minds that have been destroyed by its use. Some are convinced that its medical values far outweigh any damage that might be created in society based on its legalization. What are your views on the matter? Construct a letter you would send to your members of Congress outlining your views and the position you think they should take on the legalization issue.  


1. All submissions must be original work, have a title and include a word count (word count does not apply to the list of sources.) All sources, including articles you have written, must be cited.

2. You must write on one of the topics provided; essays on other topics will not be accepted. Please use the topic as the title of your essay.

3. Entries must be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman font with a one-inch margin on all sides of the page. Standards of content and style from MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed., will be expected for (1) documentation of sources in the text of your essay (see pages 123-212); (2) the format of the list of works cited (see sample page at end of the MLA Handbook); and (3) margins and indentation (see sample page also at end of Handbook).

4. A bibliography must be included. AT LEAST three of the sources you cite must be primary sources, i.e. books, periodicals or newspapers that you have researched. (A primary source is a document, speech, or other sort of evidence written, created or otherwise produced during the time under study. Primary sources offer an inside view of a particular event. They may be accessed online.) Other sources may be online-only materials, provided they are cited correctly as such. Any submissions lacking three primary sources will be disqualified. Wikipedia and similar articles are not acceptable sources and if used will disqualify your entry. 

5. Do not place your name or your school’s name on any of the pages of the essay. Only the registration form should include this information.

6. Essays MUST be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. Essays submitted in any other format will not be considered.

7. Faxed submissions will not be accepted.


• Essays should be submitted via email in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format by 11:59pm EST on September 7, 2020, to:

• The 2020 essay winners will be notified in mid-October 2020 and will be printed in the CEOS Newsletter thereafter.

• Prizes will be awarded on October 11, 2020. 

• Please visit the CEOS website at: for complete application information and for additional information. 



High School Winner:  $1200 for Tuition 

College Winner:          $2000 for Tuition 

Vocational Winner:     $1500 for Tuition 

Seminary Winner:       $2000 for Tuition