“Fulfilling the Dream”
Civil Rights Essay Contest

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, Hood College undergraduate and graduate students are invited to write a 1,000- to 1,500-word essay titled “Fulfilling the Dream” that reflects on the status of civil rights today and what challenges remain to fulfilling the aspirations of the civil rights movement. Issues related to civil rights include health care, religion and belief, voting, housing, employment, gender equality, immigration, racial justice, domestic violence, public accommodations, gay rights, Americans with disabilities, and others.
The deadline for submitting your entry to the contest has been extended until 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, 2014.


All Hood College students are invited to enter.

Judging Criteria

Essays will be judged on understanding of the topic, original thinking, effectiveness in presenting a personal point of view, literary style, grammar, and spelling. Undergraduate and graduate essays will be judged separately.

To Enter

Entries should be submitted as a Word document attachment and sent to atwood@hood.edu with “Civil Rights Essay” in the subject heading. The author’s identification information should appear only on the cover page of the essay.


Winners will be invited to share their essays with the Hood community.


Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning essays. In the undergraduate-student category the prices are: $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place. In the graduate-student category one cash prize of $500 will be awarded to the student writing the winning essay.


Submissions are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. Winners will be announced on Nov. 24, 2014.

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