DSEF 7th Annual Scholarship Essay Contest

7th Annual Scholarship Essay Contest

The Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund is proud to announce its 7th Annual Scholarship Essay Contest. The contest deadline will be Monday, August 21, 2017. All completed essays should be mailed to P.O. Box 6832 New Orleans, La 70174 or emailed to dseducationalfund@gmail.com. Each entry must include name, school, grade, and contact information.

This essay contest is opened to all students from grades 7th -12th who are residents of New Orleans or any of the surrounding areas. All essays must be typed and 250 to 500 words in length. This year’s essay topic is, “Given the current political and social climate in the United States, how do you see yourself becoming an agent of change? What issue(s) most concern or interest you, and how will you go about solving them?”

There will be three prizes: 

1st Place: Laptop Computer, 2nd Place: $250 and 3rd Place: $100

The winners will be announced during DSEF’s annual Back to School Extravaganza which will be held Sunday, August 27, 2017 at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center (1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113).  

The Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund is a non- profit 501(c)3 organization founded in March of 2007. This organization was created in memory of Dinerral Shavers, an educator, musician, entrepreneur, and New Orleans Civil Sheriff. In his passing, DSEF has hosted several programs and initiatives to promote youth empowerment, community development, and enhanced educational opportunities in the city of New Orleans. In addition to its annual Scholarship Essay Contest, DSEF’s programs and initiatives includes its Back to School Extravaganza, Operation Giveback, Music and Cultural education Program, and GIRLS NOLA (Girls Initiative for Reproducing Leaders in Society). Dinerral Shavers’ story and the notable works of this organization has been featured on 48 Hours Mystery’s Storm of Murder, CNN’s One Crime at a Time, Spike Lee Documentaries When the Levees Broke and If God is Willing: a Requiem of Four Acts, and most recently the 2nd season of HBO’s hit series Treme.


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