Racial Justice Essay Contest

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Applicant Criteria:

  • Must be current high school junior or senior
  • Must be a resident of the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk or counties of Southampton, Isle of Wright, or Franklin

Essay Questions:

  • Why is it important to understand the history and impact of racism?
  • What can you do to stand against racism in your community?

Essay Guidelines:

Please utilize the following format and essay guidelines:

  • 1 -2 page essay response
  • Double spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman
  • Cover Page (Essay Title, Name, School Name, Grade, e-mail address, and phone number)
  • Must be original work – (include bibliography if external sources used)
  • Both essay questions must be addressed in entirety


Students should submit completed essay response by May 31, 2022 to scholarship@ywca-shr.org.

Winner Notification & Award:

The wining student will be notified via e-mail or phone call by June 7, 2022. The scholarship award will be presented on June 15, 2022 at YWCA South Hampton Roads’ Inaugural Conference on R.E.S.T. – Racial Equity & Social Transformation held at Norfolk State University.

Please contact scholarship coordinator with any questions at scholarship@ywca-shr.org .