National Council for Black Studies  
 2017 Terry Kershaw Student Essay Contest
Deadline: 1/04/17

Dear NCBS Students,

Every year NCBS hosts a nationwide student essay contest. Graduate and undergraduate students from all over participate in this event. The winners are recognized and honored at the annual Student Luncheon, which is held during the conference.  If you or others are interested in submitting an essay for the Student Essay Contest, please do so by Monday, January 4, 2017.

Award Amounts


1st Place –   $350.00

 2nd Place – $250.00

  3rd Place – $125.00


1st Place –   $450.00

 2nd Place – $350.00

 3rd Place –  $225.00

Winners notified by February 6, 2017


  1. Essays should focus on any aspects of the Africana experience, i.e. art, education, history, literature, politics, psychology, social issues, and policy issues.
  2. Contact information on Cover page ONLY! The essay must be typed in MicroSoft Word format, 12-18 pages in length, double-spaced with one inch margins-left to right and -top to bottom.
  3. Students are asked to document sources by with either MLA or the APA style guide.
  4. Submissions must be mailed to the address below.  Faxed or electronic essays are not accepted.
  5. Cover sheet must include: your name, mailing address, telephone number, email address, name of faculty advisor, name of the college you attend, and your class status (i.e., freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student).

 Deadline: January 4, 2017


Send all essays to:

National Office, NCBS
Department of African & African-American Studies
University of Cincinnati
P.O. Box 210370
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0370

Street/Overnight Address

University of Cincinnati – French Hall West
2815 Commons Way, room 3514
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0370

National Council for Black Studies
41st Annual Conference
Houston, TX 77056
March 8 – 12, 2017
Hilton Houston Post Oak
2001 Post Oak Boulevard
Houston, TX 77056
Georgene Bess Montgomery,
NCBS President
Essay Contest Committee Chair
National Council for Black Studies

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