Announcing CEOS 2023 Essay Scholarship Contest

Aug 18, 2023Blog, Events

Collaborate to Educate Ours Sons (CEOS) is pleased to announce its 2023 Essay Contest for scholarships for the 2023/2024 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


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

Contest Instructions

IIn 800-1,250 words, write an original essay discussing the themes in one of the following topics: AI (Artificial Intelligence), is it a blessing or a curse? What should be the ethics of its use and how do you think it should be employed for the betterment of humanity? Racial equity and social justice, are these issues still relevant or are they just relics of the past? What is the way forward? Should financial literacy be part of the High School curriculum? Discuss the pros and cons of such an action. Reparation, what are its aims and objectives and is it idealism, realism, or pipedream?


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 30, 2023, to: • The 2023 essay winners will be notified in mid-October 2023 and will be printed in the CEOS Newsletter thereafter • Prizes will be awarded on October 22, 2023. • Please visit the CEOS website at: for complete application information and for additional information, if you have not yet received one.


High School Winner $1200 for Tuition
College Winner $2000 for Tuition
Vocational Winner $1500 for Tuition
Seminary Winner $2000 for Tuition