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The City of Houston invites Houston area high school seniors at both public and private schools to participate in the Public Service Recognition Week Essay Contest. 

We are no longer accepting submissions. The application deadline for the 2017 essay contest was Monday, March 20. Winners will be notified by mid-April.

Seniors can earn up to $2,000 for college, gain a deeper understanding about local government and learn about the broad range of career options serving the residents of Houston.

Essay contest participants are asked to write 500 words about how they would make a difference as a City of Houston employee.

Mayor Sylvester Turner or City Council members will recognize the winners during a ceremony in early May. At that time, the following scholarships (sponsored by Cigna) will also be awarded:

First prize: $2,000
Second prize: $1,200
Third prize: $800
Honorable Mention: $500
Honorable Mention: $500

Read the winning 2017 essays

For more information, please contact Elise Marrion at 832-393-6132 or

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We are no longer accepting submissions at this time.
Submissions will open January 2018.