Congressional Essay Contest
The Congressional Essay Contest is run by NSCDA Corporate Societies and Town Committees across the United States. Sophomore, junior, or senior year high school students submit essays that are then judged and awarded.
Each year, the New Jersey Colonial Dames select one student to award this special experience.
2024 Essay Topic
“Why did the nation’s founders choose a government with separated powers rather than a parliamentary system?”
Contest winners receive full tuition and travel to the Washington Workshops Congressional Seminar, a week-long civic-focused adventure in our nation’s capital. The seminar provides two meals daily and an additional per diem, university campus housing, and access to world-class museums, government offices, and memorable tours.
Undergraduate Paper Prize
Check back for more information on the 2022-2023 Undergraduate History Paper Prize for New Jersey college students.