Congressional Seminar Essay Contest for High School Students
This essay contest is a major project of The NSCDA held under the auspices of the Washington Workshops Foundation, a private nonprofit educational program in American government for high school students. Winners receive full tuition, including seminar materials, university campus housing, and two meals daily, for a week of citizenship education about the national government, plus fun, new friends, and tours of sites in our nation’s capital.
∗2018 Essay Topic and Title∗
“Why did the authors of the United States Constitution give Presidents the power to issue Executive Orders? How did Congress and the Judicial Branch limit these orders?”
Rules, Information and Judging Criteria for Essay Contest
History of the Congressional Essay Contest
How to Apply
Review Essay Rules and Information to make sure your submission complies with all rules.
Download and complete the Application and email or mail by USPS with your essay to the local/state NSCDA Congressional Essay representative or Patriotic Service Chair as directed. Please download the Application Unsure about who this person is? Please email Dames@DumbartonHouse.org for the correct name and contact information. Please include your name, State and county/parish of your school and contact information.
Email Dames@DumbartonHouse.org if you have any questions.
*Please Note: Grandchildren and children of Dames are not eligible for the contest but can still participate. Please contact Libby Siskron at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Donations to this Essay Contest are greatly appreciated.
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We are no longer accepting applications. The winners will be announced March 26, 2018.
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