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Win the writing competition, win a trip to Washington, D.C. from June 17-23, 2023!

The Congressional Essay Contest is run by NSCDA Corporate Societies and Town Committees across the United States.

Sophomore, junior, or senior year high school students submit essays that are then judged and awarded.

The essay topic changes annually. This year the NSCDA asks students to:

“Examine the US Constitution as a whole and explain why you think it does or does not fully protect the Right to Vote.” 

Winners receive full tuition and travel to the Washington Workshops “Congressional Seminar,” a week-long civic-focused adventure in our nation’s capital. The seminar provides two meals daily and an additional per diem, university campus housing and access to world-class museums, government offices, and memorable tours.


The 2023 Washington Workshop will be held June 17-23, 2023 in Washington, D.C.  

The deadline for essay submissions is December 1, 2022.

Please submit all essays and direct any questions to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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