2021 International High School Essay Contest


Gamma Chapter of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., is pleased to announce its 2021 International High School Essay Contest. As a mandated element of our Annual International Achievement Week Observance, Gamma Chapter will be awarding a $1,000 1st Place Scholarship to our Chapter Essay Contest winner. 


This year’s Essay Topic is ‘Promoting self-employment and entrepreneurship is an important way of creating new jobs and enhancing the labor market for the unemployed and other disadvantaged groups. In a post-COVID environment, why is it essential that young people change their mindset towards self-employment?’


The Contest is open to all 2021-2022 high school seniors in the Greater Boston area who are college-bound for an accredited four-year college or university for the Fall of 2022.

  • The essay must be original and neither previously published nor secured by copyright.
  • The essay must be at least 500 words, but should not exceed 750 in length.
  • The type-written, double-spaced essay must be submitted via email in Microsoft Word.


Please submit all essays to gammachapter1916@gmail.com by 11:59 PM on Friday, December 10, 2020 to be considered. Late submissions will not be accepted. Do not change or shorten the Essay Topic.


Gamma Chapter will assemble a review panel to assess submitted essays based on the following criteria. Essays may earn a maximum rating of 100 points.

  1. Development of Topic/Thesis: (30 possible points) Topic is well-developed (covers and develops major points, supplying enough information for understanding)
  2. Progression: (20 possible points) Composition progresses from beginning to end in a logical flow of information
  3. Readability: (25 possible points) Concise prose that sticks to the point and does not ramble (holds reader’s attention)
  4. Grammar: (15 possible points) Agreement of subject and verb; proper tense; correct sentence construction; paragraphing, including transitional phrases linking same
  5. Spelling: (5 possible points)
  6. Punctuation: (5 possible points)



The Winner will be announced via our Chapter Instagram and website on Tuesday, December 14th, 2021 Thank you for your interest and best of luck!


Gamma Chapter Executive Board

Instagram: @gammachapter_ques 

Website: http://gamma1916.com/