Ford Freedom Award Essay Contest

In celebration of the 2013 Ford Freedom Award’s recognition of Quiet Heroes, Michigan students in grades 4-8 are invited to participate in the Ford Freedom Award Essay contest.

Sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, in cooperation with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the theme of this year’s Ford Freedom Award is Quiet Heroes. The program is celebrating African Americans who have dedicated their lives to the cause of African-American advancement. The FFA Program honors civil rights activist Ms. Johnnie Carr, who joined childhood friend Rosa Parks in the historic Montgomery bus boycott and was an activist until her death at age 97.

Students must write an essay answering:
If you could present one Quite Hero award to an African American (past or present) who is not your family member, who would it be and why?

2013 Ford Freedom Award Essay Application

All essays are due by 5 pm Friday, April 12, to Detroit Newspapers in Education. Mail or hand deliver essays to:

DNIE 2013 FFA Essay Contest
615 W. Lafayette Blvd.
Detroit MI 48226

Contest Rules: 
It is preferred that essays be typed. Essays must be typed in Times New Roman or Arial font, 12-point type, doublespaced with 1” margins and limited to two pages. Handwritten essays must be legibly printed, double-spaced and limited to three pages. An official entry form must be stapled to the FRONT of each essay. NO names should appear on the essay, only on the entry form.

Prizes:
1st Prize–$5,000 Scholarship, Ford Freedom Award medal and certificate of merit for ONE winner

2nd Prize–$2,500 Scholarship, Ford Freedom Award medal and certificate of merit for ONE winner

3rd Prize–$1,000 Scholarship, Ford Freedom Award medal and certificate of merit for ONE winner

Honorable Mentions–$250 Scholarship, Ford Freedom Award medals and certificates of merit for TWO winners

NOTE: Scholarships are awarded for the pursuit of higher education. Winners’ teachers will be notified by phone in early May

For more information, contact Sharon Martin at 313-223-4460 or visit www.dnie.com.

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