Treasurer Summers Announces 2018 Black History Month Essay Competition

CPS seniors are encouraged to apply for the $2,500 scholarship

For Immediate Release
February 1st, 2018

Contact: Tripp Wellde

CHICAGO – At the beginning of Black History Month, Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers was proud to announce the 11th Annual Black History Month Essay Competition. Each year, the City Treasurer’s Office sponsors the essay competition in partnership with BMO Harris Bank.

“For me, Black History Month is a time to reflect not only on our community’s past but also on our collective future,” Treasurer Summers said. “That’s why I’m so excited to be once again partnering with BMO Harris Bank to host this essay competition—and to learn more about how our youth think about the social, racial, and economic challenges and opportunities in our neighborhoods.”

“BMO’s commitment to diversity and inclusion extends beyond our workplace to include the communities we serve,” added Diane Whatton, Head of U.S. Community Affairs for BMO Harris Bank. “Sponsoring the Black History Month Essay Competition is a meaningful way we can demonstrate our commitment to education while celebrating the achievements and contributions of African Americans.”

The annual scholarship contest is open to all CPS 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 essay topic is: “What is a key issue that people in your community face that often goes unnoticed? What role can public and private investments in your community play in addressing that issue? How can you play a positive role in shaping those investments?”

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

To apply, CPS seniors should visit:

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