January 18-21,  2019. Advancing The Dream.
“Everybody can be great… Because anybody can serve.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

2017 MLK Advancing The Dream Essay Contest

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Enter the MLK Advancing The Dream Essay Writing Competition

You could win a $500, $750 or $1,000 scholarship.

The 2017 MLK Essay Contest is open to high school seniors attending Arlington schools or residing within the Arlington city limits. Scholarships to help defray the cost of college tuition and books will be awarded to the winning first, second and third place essay writers.

First Place – $1,000 Scholarship
Second Place – $750 Scholarship
Third Place – $500 Scholarship


This Year’s Theme is “Advancing the Dream: A Nation of Freedom and
Justice (What can be done today to make Dr. King’s
dream of freedom and justice a reality in our community?)”

How To Enter

Please mail all entries to:
Arlington Police Department/Media Office
620 W. Division St.
Arlington, TX 76011

  • One essay per student. Essays must be original, typed, double-spaced, and must not exceed 1,500 words.
  • Cover sheet must contain student’s name, school, home phone number, address and email address. None of this information should be included in the body of the essay.
  • E-mail essay as a Microsoft Word document attachment to Cheryel.Carpenter@Arlingtontx.gov
  • Essays will be judged on the basis of organization, content, voice, creativity, grammatical structure and overall conformity to the theme.


Entries will be judged in November 2016. Winners will be formally recognized at the Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Advancing the Dream Awards Banquet on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 and throughout
the four-day celebration weekend. For more information about the MLK Essay Competition 2017, contact Cheryel Carpenter at Cheryel.Carpenter@Arlingtontx.gov or 817-459-5384.