Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is pleased to announce its annual International High School Essay Contest
2021 Essay Title:
Promoting self-employment and entrepreneurship is an important way of creating new jobs and enhancing the labor market for the unemployed and other disadvantaged groups. In a post-COVID environment, why is it essential that young people change their mindset towards self-employment?
Eligibility & Rules
The Contest is open to all college-bound, high school seniors who submit an essay application
through a Chapter of the Fraternity.
The essay must be original and neither previously published nor secured by copyright. The essay
must be between 700 and 750 words in length. The type-written, double-spaced essay
may be submitted via postal service or email in Microsoft Word.
All submissions will be reviewed by your local Chapter (determined by your high school/home
address). Submissions will not be accepted after October 15, 2021. Do not change or shorten
the Essay Topic.
All local Chapters will assemble a review panel to assess submitted essays based on the following
criteria. Essays may earn a maximum rating of 100 points:
1. Development of Topic/Thesis: (30 possible points)
2. Progression: (20 possible points)
3. Readability: (25 possible points)
4. Grammar: (15 possible points)
5. Spelling: (5 possible points)
6. Punctuation: (5 possible points)