Martin Luther King Essay Contest 2014 Florida

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Enter the MLK Advancing The Dream Essay Writing Competition

You could win a $500, $750 or $1,000 scholarship.

The 2017 MLK Essay Contest is open to high school seniors attending Arlington schools or residing within the Arlington city limits. Scholarships to help defray the cost of college tuition and books will be awarded to the winning first, second and third place essay writers.

First Place – $1,000 Scholarship
Second Place – $750 Scholarship
Third Place – $500 Scholarship


This Year’s Theme is “Advancing the Dream: A Nation of Freedom and
Justice (What can be done today to make Dr. King’s
dream of freedom and justice a reality in our community?)”

How To Enter

Please mail all entries to:
Arlington Police Department/Media Office
620 W. Division St.
Arlington, TX 76011

  • One essay per student. Essays must be original, typed, double-spaced, and must not exceed 1,500 words.
  • Cover sheet must contain student’s name, school, home phone number, address and email address. None of this information should be included in the body of the essay.
  • E-mail essay as a Microsoft Word document attachment to
  • Essays will be judged on the basis of organization, content, voice, creativity, grammatical structure and overall conformity to the theme.


Entries will be judged in November 2016. Winners will be formally recognized at the Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Advancing the Dream Awards Banquet on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 and throughout
the four-day celebration weekend. For more information about the MLK Essay Competition 2017, contact Cheryel Carpenter at or 817-459-5384.

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MLK Day Resources

View the 2018 MLK Day toolkit, download shareable MLK Day graphics, and view the sample media release and press release.

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Inspired by the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has inspired millions of people to serve and give back to their communities. Join them by finding a volunteer opportunity in your community this year.

And if you're a teacher, you can help your students understand Dr. King’s vision with these free, easy-to-use resources created by the Corporation for National and Community Service and Scholastic. Visit to find

  • Lesson plans and worksheets for grades 3-12
  • Service projects for all ages
  • Primary-source resources about Dr. King

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