Phi Sigma Pi Essay Contest

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This year marks our seventh annual Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity Essay Contest and we’ve added a new spin to the theme. Here’s the skinny on how it works.

Who can enter?

Students in first grade to twelfth grade at Teach For America sponsored schools are eligible to enter the contest.  There are three grade categories in which finalists will be determined: Grades 1-4, Grades 5-8 and Grades 9-12.

What’s the theme?

Students will choose one of the three legs of the Tripod to write about. Since the Tripod provides direction in our organization and in our actions as Members, we want to hear how students use fellowship, scholarship and leadership in their everyday lives.

Essay Contest Blog Post

How are finalists selected?

The contest will open at the end of January and students can submit their essays until April 1st. Submissions will be judged by a committee made up of Alumni and Collegiate Members and one finalist for each grade category will be selected. Of course there is an awesome prize up for grabs! Finalists for each grade category will receive an Amazon Kindle Bundle.

We’re excited to share this opportunity with students across the nation and look forward to celebrating finalists this spring!

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  1. So proud to see this initiative evolve over the years since we first started it! Kudos to our staff for their continued efforts and innovative programming!

  2. […] been another successful year for the Phi Sigma Pi Essay Contest. We’re excited to announce the three Finalists from the 1st-4th, 5th-8th, and 9th-12th grade […]

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