The Equal Justice Initiative in partnership with the Pinellas Remembers Community Remembrance Project Coalition is pleased to announce an essay scholarship contest open to 9th – 12th grade students attending public high school in Pinellas County where prizes totaling at least $5000 will be awarded to participants with winning essays. With the support of the Tampa Bay Rays, the coalition is also pleased to announce an art scholarship contest that will encourage visual arts and performing arts submissions from 9th-12th grade students attending public high school in Pinellas County where prizes ranging from $250 – $1500 will be awarded to participants with winning artwork.
Both the essay and art contests require students to examine the history of a topic of racial injustice and to discuss or explore its legacy today. Submissions should explain the chosen topic using a specific historical event(s), explore how the injustice persists, and imagine solutions for a future free from racial injustice. Students are also encouraged to reflect on how the topic impacts their own lives and communities.