Treasurer Summers Announces 2017 Black History Month Essay Competition

Office of the City Treasurer
Kurt A. Summers

For Immediate Release
February 1st, 2017
Erik Martinez

Treasurer Summers Announces 2017 Black History Month Essay Competition
Chicago High School seniors are encouraged to apply for the $2,500 Scholarship

Chicago – City Treasurer Kurt Summers is proud to announce the 10th Annual Black History Month Essay Competition. The Treasurer’s office sponsors the essay competition in partnership with BMO Harris.

The annual scholarship contest is open to all Chicago Public Schools seniors and requires no minimum grade point average. Students must plan on attending college this fall and are required to write an essay on a topic related to Black History Month.

This year’s question is: In the 1960’s, the Civil Rights movement brought issues such as voting rights, desegregation, and equal protection under the law for African Americans to the forefront. How do you think America has changed since the 1960’s? Where have you seen the most/least progress? Finally, as a young person, you are the future of our nation. What do you think is the most pressing issue of our time? If you could tackle this issue in your lifetime, how would you do it?

The $2,500 scholarship will be used to support the award winner’s first year of college tuition.

To apply, High School seniors should visit:



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