Each year, first-year students are invited to share their reflections on the First-Year Text in what might be their first college essay. This is an opportunity to engage a piece of written work and relate it to the themes that define a Loyola education:
- Educating the Whole Person
- Global Awareness
- Intellectual Inquiry
- Men and Women for Others
- Pursuit of Excellence
- Seeking God in All Things
- Service to Humanity
- Social Justice
- Values-Based Leadership
Length & Content
Your Year 1 Essay should be 400–600 words. It is a reflection on the First-Year Text, Showdown by Wil Haygood, and how it connects to the themes and values of a Loyola education. You may use any of the above values, such as Social Justice, Service to Humanity or Values-Based Leadership. Personal anecdotes and reflections are welcome.
Please submit your essay by Monday, September 18, 2017 11:59pm at http://www.luc.edu/firstyearexperience/first-yearessaycontest/. Remember to include your name, cell phone number, and email address so we can contact you if you are a finalist in the contest.
Submissions to the Year 1 Essay Contest can be considered for one or both prizes:
(1) All essays submitted are eligible for an opportunity to read a portion of their essay at a Loyola University Campus Event and
(2) Book Scholarship: To be eligible to win a book scholarship to pay for all text books for the spring semester, essay writers can read a portion of their essay to be voted on by fellow students at a September 21st Communities in Conversation event. The reader receiving the most student votes will be awarded the book scholarship. To be invited to read at the event, an essay must be submitted by the September 18th deadline.
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2016 Essay Contest Winners
The Impact of Diverse Minds
I just wanted to follow up on the teacher grant portion of Sylvia Yu's Diverse Minds book competition award. I'm attaching photos of Claudia Rankin's book "Citizen," which the funds helped purchase for our poetry workshop and American literature classes.
Below that is a photograph of author Patricia Park speaking to three classes of Stuyvesant seniors about her Korean-American adaptation of "Jane Eyre," titled "Re: Jane."
Because of your grant, we were able to pay her a small but meaningful honorarium. Exposure to Rankin's moving meditation on her experience as an African American woman and to a novelist who so movingly articulates so many of the experiences of our first and second generation immigrant students surely extends the mission of your organization, and I look forward to keeping in touch about other uses of the generous grant.
Thank you again! It has brought me such joy to think of your mission at this time of national division and I look forward to continuing to use it to celebrate as many diverse voices as I can.
Stuyvesant High School in New York, N.Y.
Diverse Minds In The Media
TODAY Show Toy Drive
The 2013 holiday season means another year of cheer to young readers across the country. For the fourth year, B’nai B’rith participated in the annual Today Show Toy Drive, donating 600 books to four charities.
The books are written and illustrated by high school students as part of our Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge to help grade school children celebrate tolerance and diversity. In New York City, B’nai B’rith sent the donated books to AHRC New York City and Inwood House. In the Midwest, we shipped books to Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Detroit and One Heartland in Willow River, Minn.
During our four years of participation, B’nai B’rith has worked with the Today Show Toy Drive to distribute 2,400 copies of B’nai B’rith’s original children’s books across the country to charities, libraries and Boys and Girls Clubs. We are excited to once again be a part of this wonderful holiday endeavor.
List Of Winners
B'nai B'rith International
4605 Lankershim Blvd, Suite 710
Los Angeles, CA 91602
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If you are with a foundation or corporation that would like more information about sponsoring the Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge in your city, or you are with a non-profit community organization who would like to receive donated books, please contact Melanie Marconi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 323-308-0195.
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Diverse Minds Writing Challenge
Now celebrating its 12th Anniversary!
The Diverse Minds Writing Challenge is an education and awareness initiative created by B'nai B'rith International as one of its programs to promote tolerance and communicate a message of equality among all citizens, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender or sexual orientation. Our goal is to destroy prejudices and strengthen the future of our youth through creativity, inspiration and education.
This innovative scholarship competition asks high school students to write and illustrate a children's book that tells a story of tolerance, diversity or inclusion. Executed through public, private and charter high schools in select communities, the Challenge encourages teens to create innovative ways to teach tolerance to elementary-aged children, as well as encounter new insights into these issues for themselves.
The contest winner in each contest city/region will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and become a published author!
Download the 2017 Winning Books
Delmarva Peninsula Winner
Southern New Jersey Winner
South Jersey contest winner: The dragon who teaches tolerance
King Firemarth is falling down a cliff.
Mcgraw-Hill Education Partners With B'nai B'rith To Bring Diversity Writing Challenge To Columbus High School Students
Last week, McGraw-Hill Education partnered with B’nai B’rith International to host the first Columbus Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge. Ten students from Olentangy Orange, New Albany and Westerville Central high schools were finalists in the children’s book writing and illustration contest. Winning students were recognized during a ceremony at the Thurber House.
For Columbus’ inaugural event, B’nai B’rith worked in partnership with McGraw-Hill Education. This education and awareness initiative was created as part of B’nai B’rith programming that promotes tolerance and communicates a message of equality among all citizens.
Watch the following video of previous winner of the B'nai B'rith Diverse Minds Writing Challenge Kristina Rudulfo discuss her experience with the contest, becoming a published author, and how her book teaches lessons of tolerance and diversity.