NAACP College Fair Essay Contest

The essay contest is open to all students in the 6th through 12th grade. The essay for your particular grade must be submitted via email as a Word formatted document attachment, typed, 12 font, double spaced and must not include your name or any other identifying information in the essay body.

Essay applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on August 18, 2015. Please note all materials submitted will not be returned after the selection process.

Essay Contest Questions
High School Questions: 9th – 12th Grade

“Game Changer” is a phrase that is being used across the world in all industries and areas of life. A
Game Changer is seen as a person, idea, or event that significantly changes the way something is
done, thought of, or acted upon. The NAACP also has five 21st Century Game Changer Initiatives:
Economic Sustainability
Public Safety and Criminal Justice
Voting Rights and Political Representation
Choose at least one of the initiatives and write a 500 to 750 word essay in which you analyze how
(your chosen initiatives) will encourage you to be a Game Changer in your home, school and
community today.

Middle School Question: 6th – 8th Grade
A successful education requires collaboration between parents, teachers, students and
administrators. Write a 350 to 500-word essay explaining how a successful collaboration is
accomplished and in particular stress what role you play.
Submit essay by 11:59pm on August 18, 2015 to:
Register for the College & Career Fair online at:
For more information email:

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NAACP College Fair at Waubonsie Valley

College and Career Fair Schedule

7:45am Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Sponsor Recognition (Field House)
8:00am – 12:00pm College/University/Enrichment Program Booths (Field House)

8:30am – 9:20am
Scholarships for Young Scholars (Auditorium) – Scholarship managers share details on how to access thousands of dollars in scholarship funds from: Bill Gates Millennium Scholars Program, Merck Science Initiative, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program and many more.
Illinois Math and Science Academy (Library) – IMSA representatives will discuss enrichment programs for 6th-8th graders as well as other high school opportunities.
Opportunity to Serve (Room 156) – Local law enforcement will share career pathways and address community concerns.

9:30am – 10:20am
Choosing the Right College/University for You (Auditorium) – College and university representatives will participate in a panel discussion to share information related to admission requirements, processes, scholarships, aide and special programs.
Don’t Be Intimidated (Room 156) – Parents share their secrets to preparing successful students that attended the college/university of their choice.
Dead End Friends (Library) – Maximizing one’s potential and achieving success often requires traveling with people with similar goals.
This truth telling segment provides participants with the courage needed for self-examination and hard decision making.

10:30am – 11:20am
“Ask the Superintendent” Town Hall Meeting: Hear it from the Source (Auditorium) – Superintendents respond to community questions and concerns.
If You Don’t Believe Me Just Watch (Room 156) – College students and recent graduates share advice and tips on how to successfully navigate the college years.
FAFSA/Bright Start 529 (Library)– Representatives provide information on important steps for applying for financial aid and tax exempt plans for college savings.

11:30am – 12:20pm
FREE RIDE: The Truth about Scholarships (Auditorium) – Back by popular demand, this session shares how 2.0 or 4.0 students can get a “full ride” to college.
College Readiness 9th-10th (Room 113) – High school counselors share steps that students should be taking to prepare for acceptance to college.
College Readiness 11th-12th (Room 156) – High school counselors share steps that students should be taking to prepare for acceptance to college.
Eagle Minded…No Chickens Allowed (Library) – Having goals is one thing, but achieving them takes time, self-understanding and perseverance. This energetic session explores the practical tools and concepts needed to soar like an eagle.

12:30pm – 1:30pm
12:30pm-1:30pm – Essay Winners Announced (Auditorium)

ACT-SO/Jr. ACT-SO Orientation
2:00pm – 4:00pm – DuPage County ACT-SO/Jr. ACT-SO Orientation. (Auditorium) Visit to pre-register and obtain more information.

Times and Seminar Topics are Subject to Change

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