2016 FDMHA Essay Scholarship Contest

The Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association (FDMHA) has announced the kickoff of its annual Essay Scholarship Contest for 2016. FDMHA organizes the essay contest is intended to empower talented young people and to honor the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass. The contest is open to senior high school students. The winner of the competitive annual contest is awarded a $3,000 prize, second place winner will receive $2,000 and a third place winner will receive $1,000.

The Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association was enacted on June 6, 1900.  The purpose and objectives of FDMHA are achieved through charitable, literary and educational activities.


  • Senior high school students attending public schools in Washington DC, or in the State of Maryland or the Commonwealth of Virginia, within a 50 mile radius of the District of Columbia.
  • Students must be enrolled in college in the fall of 2016 or the spring semester of 2017.

How to Apply:

Essay Guidelines:

  • Do not include name or other personal information on essay.
  • Essays can be no more than 1000 words but must be a minimum of 750 words. Citations and bibliography are not included in the word count.
  • Essays must be the original work of the contestant.
  • Essays must have a minimum of one source that is NOT Wikipedia, magazines, newspapers, or blogs.
  • Essays must include endnotes, footnotes, or a bibliography (not included in word count).

Submitting Details:

  • Send registration form with essay to:

FDMHA, Attn: Essay Scholarship,

P.O. Box 1346, Lanham,

MD 20703 or

  • You can email to fdmhaessay-at-gmail.com

Award Amount:

The winner of the competitive annual contest is awarded a $3,000 prize. A second place winner receives $2,000 and a third place winner receives $1,000.

Application Deadline:

Entries are due by 11:59 p.m. on February 29, 2016.

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