Museum of Political Corruption National HS Essay Contest Opens

“What is political corruption and why should we care?” is the provocative topic for the inaugural Museum of Political Corruption’s national essay contest. Founded by Bruce Roter, the Albany-based Museum of Political Corruption was inspired by the seemingly relentless corruption involving state lawmakers.

The Museum of Political Corruption, invites eligible U.S. High school students to submit an essay that addresses the question: “What is political corruption and why should we care?” The essay will be judged on its content (including persuasiveness of arguments, use of supporting data and/or quotes) and its style (including grammar, punctuation, organization, and proper citation). Any external references must be properly cited using either MLA or APA format.

 

 

Museum of Political Corruption Essay Contest 2015

 

The Museum of Political Corruption (“Sponsor”) is hosting this contest in order to raise awareness about political corruption among those who have just begun to vote or those who will soon be eligible to vote. Consistent with its educational mission, the Museum of Political Corruption believes that an informed electorate is the best defense against political corruption!

The Product: a one (1) page essay using standard English (on white 8.5 X 11 paper, single spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman, 1 inch margins on all sides) on the subject “What is political corruption and why should we care?” If external sources are used, a separate bibliography or works cited page must be attached with a staple. An essay title is not necessary. DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME ON THE ESSAY (an identifying PIN will be assigned).

How to Enter: Send your essay with a completed Essay Contest Application Form to: The Museum of Political Corruption, 12 Halsdorf Street, Albany, NY 12208 ATTN: Essay Contest.

Deadline: All entries must be postmarked no later Monday, November 2, 2015.

Prizes: Three prizes will be awarded: First Prize will be $250, an official Museum of Political Corruption Coffee Mug, and publication on Huffington Post political columnist Chris Weigant’s blog; Second Prize will be $100 and an official Museum of Political Corruption Coffee Mug; and Third Prize will be $50 and an official Museum of Political Corruption Coffee Mug. In addition, all three winning essays will be posted on The Museum of Political Corruption’s website.

For additional eligibility requirements and rules, go here.

 

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