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Participants must currently be in their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school during the time of the program. Exceptions will only be made under extraordinary circumstances.

A major project of NSCDA, this essay contest for high school students is held under the auspices of the Washington Workshops Foundation, a private non-profit educational program in American government.  Essay winners from each State Society are awarded full tuition scholarships to attend a week-long Congressional Seminar on national government in Washington, D.C. In addition to seminar materials, university campus housing and two daily meals, participants are given tours of museums and national monuments while having fun and making new friends.


∗Essay Topic for the 2021 Congressional Seminar∗ “The Electoral College was established in the U.S. Constitution as the election process for the President and Vice President. Support retaining the Electoral College, or propose and support another system to operate in its place.”

Winners receive full tuition, including seminar materials, university campus housing, and two meals daily, for a week of citizenship education about the national government, plus fun, new friends, and tours of sites in our nation’s capital.

The 2021 Washington Workshop will be held June 19-25, 2021 in Washington, D.C.  The deadline for applications is December 1, 2020.


For more information, including Essay Rules and Information, Application Form, Contest Video and Gallery, visit the NSCDA national website.