The Sacramento City College Outstanding Essay Contest
Write an essay, win money!
First prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $700
Third Prize: $300
Finalists will be announced at the essay contest awards ceremony. This contest has been made possible thanks to a generous gift to the SCC Foundation kindly matched by the Sierra Health Foundation.
• Entrant must be enrolled at SCC as an undergraduate for Fall 2011 or Spring 2012 semesters
• Essay must be on the supplied theme found on the back of this flyer
• Essay must be no fewer than 800 words and no longer than 1,500 words; essay must be typewritten and double-spaced
• Only one entry per student
• Essay must be the sole work of the entrant
• A stapled cover sheet with the essay must contain the entrant's name, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, essay title, and word count.
• Entries must be submitted to Rodda South 226 no later than Friday, March 23, 2012
• Winners will be announced at the essay contest awards ceremony to be held at the end of Spring Semester, 2012. Information on exact dates and times will be emailed to entrants
• Direct all questions to Maureen Dana firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-2962
"It is not difficult today to find people who share a concern about the lack of civility in our society in general and our public discourse in particular. What is difficult is to find people who believe they can do anything about the degree of civility in our political processes beyond remaining civil themselves.
The uncomfortable truth is that if we are to solve the difficult problems we face as a national community, we must act affirmatively and with courage and clarity to reclaim civility in the public square. Civility is quite simply the glue that holds us together and allows us as citizens of a representative democracy to dialogue with each other."
From Cassandra Dahnke, Tomas Spath, Donna Bowling
Institute For Civility In Government
The above quote addresses the growing national concern with the lack of civility in our daily lives and public discourse. From college campuses, to national news media outlets, to the halls of government, individuals and groups are calling for a return to civility in American life.
For your essay, consider the topic of civility. How do you define the nature and goal of civility? Do you experience a lack of civility in your daily life? How does the civility crisis affect our ability to work collectively on local or national levels? Is it possible (or even necessary) to stop this erosion of civility in our interactions?
Your essay need not address the above quote directly or all of the questions posed in the prompt. Please note that past winning entries have included both essays that were exclusively personal as well as essays that were based on research.