2017 Summer Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Essay Contest

2017 Summer Essay Contest​

The Mahmoud S Taman Foundation is sponsoring an essay contest for high school students in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls and Altoona, Wisconsin. The theme of the contest is Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Rising 9th to 12th grade student are invited to participate in this educational initiative on global citizenship, civil society, and diversity in the context of local communities in the Chippewa Valley. 1st and 2nd place winners in each school will receive $300 and $200 respectively.


Deadline: August 15, 2017

Eligibility: Rising 9th to 12th grade students in high schools in Eau Claire: Memorial High School, North High School, Regis High School, in Chippewa Falls: Chippewa Falls High School and McDonell High School, in Altoona: Altoona High School. High schoolers who are homeschooled or from other high schools in the area are also eligible.

Prizes: $300 for 1st place, $200 for 2nd place will be given to winners at each school in the area as well as homeschool students.

Questions? Please contact MSTamanFoundation@gmail.com.

Essay Requirements

  1. 1200-1500 words total
  2. Microsoft Word or PDF format
  3. Double spaced
  4. Times New Roman/12 pt font
  5.  First/Last Name on each page
  6. Numbered pages 

Essay Questions

1) What does cultural diversity mean to you and how does it manifest in your local community?

2) How have the contributions of recent immigrant communities (Hmong, Somali, Bosnian, and others) impacted the Chippewa Valley?

3) How has the religion of Islam positively integrated itself into modern American culture/society? What is the history of the Muslim community in the Chippewa Valley and how has their presence enriched the local culture?

4) Read the preamble of the charter of the United Nations (link below). How are these goals relevant to your local community and how can high school students in the Chippewa Valley work to forward these ideas?


Contest Submission Form

Essay deadline: August 15, 2017

Please fill out the form below and upload your essay to complete your submission