Florida Black History Essay

~ Three students will earn a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott invited Florida K-12 students to participate in the 2018 Black History Month art and essay contests based on this year’s theme, “A Celebration of Innovative African-American Leaders.” Students, parents, teachers and principals are also invited to nominate full-time educators in elementary, middle and high schools for the Black History Month Excellence in Education Award.

Governor Scott said, “Ann and I are proud to join Florida families in celebrating Black History Month this February and encourage every Florida student to participate in the 2018 Black History Month contests and nominate one of our state’s great educators for the Excellence in Education Award.”

First Lady Ann Scott said, “Governor Scott and I are so honored to announce this year’s Black History Month contests in celebration of Florida’s many innovative leaders. I hope every student takes advantage of this opportunity to learn about our state’s history and potentially earn a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship. We are also honored to recognize this year’s featured artist, Thomas H. Lewis, whose beautiful one-of-a-kind stained glass art is displayed around the country.”

About the Student Contests

Art Contest for Grades K-3: The Black History Month art contest is open to all Florida students in grades K-3. Two winners will be selected.

Essay Contest for Grades 4-12: The Black History Month essay contest is open to all Florida students in grades 4 through 12. Three winners will be selected: one elementary student (grades 4-5), one middle-school student (grades 6-8), and one high school student (grades 9-12). Winners will receive a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

About the Excellence in Education Award

Governor Scott’s annual Black History Month Excellence in Education Award Contest is open to all full-time educators in an elementary, middle or high school in Florida. Three winners will be selected: one elementary teacher (grades K-5), one middle school teacher (grades 6-8) and one high school teacher (grades 9-12).

Contest Entries and Nomination Forms and Guidelines

Student contest forms and educator nomination forms must be mailed to Volunteer Florida or submitted online at www.FloridaBlackHistory.com.

Volunteer Florida

Black History Month Committee
3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 180
Tallahassee, Florida 32311

All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 2, 2018.

More information about the contests and Florida’s Black History Month is available at www.FloridaBlackHistory.com.

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2017 Black History Month Contests Announced

Volunteer Florida is thrilled to share Governor Scott’s 2017 Black History Month contests for students and educators! Each year the Governor hosts an art, essay, and educator contest and awards to honor Florida’s African-American Heritage during Black History Month in February.

Art and essay contests are open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Students, parents, teachers and principals have also been invited to nominate full-time educators in elementary, middle and high schools for the Black History Month Excellence in Education Award. Three student essay contest winners will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

Volunteer Florida is grateful for the generosity of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation and our incredible sponsors. To learn more about the Governor’s 2017 Black History Month art, essay, and educator contests, please visit this link.

The contest is currently open and all entries must be received by 5:00 pm EST on Friday, January 20, 2017. Winners will be selected and notified after February 2, 2017.
Volunteer Florida is proud to be a Florida Black History Month partner and we are grateful for the generous support of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation for providing three 4-year Florida College Plan scholarships to essay contest winners.

Please take a moment to share this opportunity with students, parents, and education partners. For more information and contest guidelines, please visit this link.

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