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Contest Rules

What you are expected to do:

…a city job. The list of municipal jobs can be found at You can read a detailed job description if you click on the job code on the left column.

…Look online, read news articles, press releases, follow city social media to get ideas of current issues. In addition: We encourage students to interview one or more city employees working in the jobs they chose to write about.

…a 500-word essay about how you would make a difference as a city employee in the job you chose. Be sure to provide specific suggestions how you would improve or create city programs. 

…essays online by March 20, 2017. 


Essays should be composed by a senior from a Houston-area high school (public or private). They should be organized in the following manner: Thesis statement, arguments and conclusion.

Essays must be:

  • 500 words or less
  • Typed
  • Double-spaced

Selection criteria
Winning essays will be selected on the basis of the following:

  • Organization and accurate presentation
  • Creativity
  • Proper spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Demonstrate evidence of research

Awards Sponsored by Cigna

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

Scholarships are sponsored by Cigna Health Insurance

Last modified on Monday, 20 February 2017 19:56
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We are no longer accepting submissions at this time.
Submissions will open January 2018.