January 12 -15, 2018. Advancing The Dream.
“Everybody can be great… Because anybody can serve.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

2018 MLK Essay Contest

Enter the MLK Advancing The Dream Essay Writing Competition

You could win $500, $750 or $1,000!

The 2018 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

Our Theme

“Continuing The Dream:  Moving Toward Unity, Justice and Peace”

How To Enter

SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS 5 PM FRIDAY, NOV. 17, 2017
Please mail all entries to:
Arlington MLK Committee
P.O. Box 1921
Arlington, TX 76004-1921

  • Must be a High School Senior enrolled in an Arlington school or residing within the city limits of Arlington. This includes private and charter schools in Arlington.
  • 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 celebration theme.

Contest Rules

Entries will be judged in December 2017. Winners will be formally recognized at the Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Advancing the Dream Awards Banquet on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 and throughout
the four-day celebration weekend.

For more information about the MLK Essay Competition: Cheryel.Carpenter@Arlingtontx.gov or 817-459-5384 or 817-832-3470.

Download the contest flyer, click here.