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Essay Contest Update: The 2020 PSRW Essay Contest is closed for submissions. Essay contest winners have been notified. The recognition ceremony is canceled until further notice, but we hope to have scholarship checks and certificates available for pick-up or by mail by early June. 

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.   

Essays must be submitted online by midnight on Friday, March 27, 2020.  Read the Essay Contest Rules and view the Online Submission Form 

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

Want to know what it takes to make it to the top 5? Read the winning 2020 essays. 

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


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