ICCTA Student Scholarships

ICCTA Student Scholarships

Thank you to everyone who submitted to the Paul Simon Student Essay and the Gandhi/King Peace Scholarship contests. The Paul Simon Essay Contest entries were reviewed blindly by a committee of English faculty members. Gandhi/King Peace Scholarship entries were reviewed blindly by members of the Diversity Committee. The winner in each category received a $500 Spring 20202 tuition reimbursement and was recognized at the Board of Trustees meeting on April 14. The 2020 winning entries were forwarded to the statewide competition sponsored by the Illinois Community College Trustees Association.

2020 Winning Entries
2020 Kish Paul Simon Student Essay winning entry by Kelly Benjamin
2020 Kish Gandhi/King Peace Scholarship winning entry by Kelly Benjamin

2019 Winning Entries
2019 Kish Paul Simon Student Essay winning entry by Levee Callahan
2019 Kish Gandhi/King Peace Scholarship winning entry by Sophie West

Paul Simon Student Essay

Paul Simon Student Essay

The Illinois Community College Trustees Association's Paul Simon Student Essay Contest provides a $500 scholarship to the student who best describes "How My Community College Has Changed My Life." Read the 2019 state winner.

Awards

  1.   From Kishwaukee College - The Kish winner will receive a $500 Spring 2020 tuition reimbursement. The Kish winner will also be recognized at the Kish Board of Trustees meeting on April 14, 2020 at approximately 5:30 pm. The winning essay will be published on the Kish website.
  2.   From ICCTA - The state winner will receive a $500 cash stipend for educational expenses during the Fall 2020 semester. The state winner will be invited to the June 2020 ICCTA's annual awards banquet in Chicago.

 

Guidelines

All currently enrolled students at ICCTA member colleges are eligible to participate in the Paul Simon Student Essay Contest at the local level. However, each ICCTA member college may enter only ONE student essay in the statewide competition each year.

Each essay must be brief (less than 500 words), typed, and address the theme "How My Community College Has Changed My Life." Entrants may use “How My Community College Has Changed My Life” as the essay’s title or create their own title related to the theme.

Each entry will be judged on the basis of writing style, clarity of expression, and relevancy to the topic, with special emphasis placed on correct grammar and punctuation.

Submissions must be accompanied by an entry form.

Gandhi/King Peace Scholarship

Gandhi/King Peace Scholarship

The Illinois Community College Trustees Association's Gandhi/King Peace Scholarship provides a scholarship to the student who best articulates the peaceful messages of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This award has been endowed by Oakton Community College trustee Jody Wadhwa and the Oakton Education Foundation. Read the 2019 State Winner

 

Awards

  •  The Kish winner will receive a $500 Spring 2020 tuition reimbursement. The Kish winner will also be recognized at the Kish Board of Trustees meeting on April 14, 2020 at approximately 5:30 pm. The winning essay will be published on the Kish website.
  •  From ICCTA - The state winner will receive a $1000 cash stipend for educational expenses during the Fall 2020 semester. The state winner will be invited to the June 2020 ICCTA's annual awards banquet in Chicago.

Writing Prompt

Both Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., advocated for nonviolence as the way to confront the hate and discrimination that so often accompanies the disrespect of other human beings. The work and words of Gandhi and King are both an example and a road map for the way forward for our country. As a community college student, outline a plan that will educate the members of your college community about the scope of the problem and the elements of and rationale for a nonviolent response. In the description of your plan, draw on the lives and writings of Gandhi and King.

Guidelines

All currently enrolled students at ICCTA member colleges are eligible to participate in the Gandhi/King Peace Scholarship competition.

Participants must address the writing prompt. All entries will be judged on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated understanding of the significance of the work of Gandhi and King

  • Content, strength and persuasiveness of argument

  • Personal goals and involvement in peacebuilding efforts

  • Writing style, clarity of expression, and correct grammar and punctuation

Each submission must be no longer than 500 words in length, typed single-spaced in business-letter format, and accompanied by a completed entry form.