2015 High School Essay Competition

The Museum of Political Corruption is inviting the application for essay contest. The contest is open for U.S. High school students. The Museum of Political Corruption (“Sponsor”) is hosting the 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. Three prizes of $250, $100 and $50 amount will be awarded to the deserving candidates.

The Museum of Political Corruption will explore New York State’s history of political corruption and those mechanisms that have allowed corruption to flourish. The Museum will also serve the good of the community by promoting honest civil service.  


  • The contest is open to all current U.S. high school students residing in one (1) of the fifty (50) U.S. States or the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S Virgin Islands and other U.S. territories)
  • Who are between the ages of fourteen and nineteen years of age on November 2, 2015
  • Children and other close relatives of those associated with The Museum of Political Corruption are not eligible to enter

How to Apply:

  • For applying the contest, the candidates must fill the application form. The form can be downloaded through the given link:


  • Submit an essay that addresses the question: “What is political corruption and why should we care?” Essay must be using standard English (on white 8.5 X 11 paper, single spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman, 1 inch margins on all sides)

Submitting Details:

You can 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.

Award Amount:

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. 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.

Application Deadline:

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

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