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General contest information:

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.

To enter:

  • Choose a city career, put yourself in a city employee’s shoes, and write 500 words about how you would strengthen the City of Houston.
  • Research current events about the City of Houston.
  • Provide specific suggestions about how you would address issues, improve or create innovative city programs.
  • Essays about careers or entities outside the purview of the City of Houston will not be considered.   

The submission form for 2021 Essay Contest is closed. Winners will be announced in May.

Winners will be recognized at a ceremony on June 9 at City Hall. At that time, the following scholarships, sponsored by Cigna, will be awarded:

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

Want to know what it takes to make it to the top 5? Read the winning 2021 essays. 

For more information, please contact Pete Mayes at 832-393-6132 or


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