2023 Massachusetts Credit Unions Student Essay Contest

On behalf of the Cooperative Credit Union Association, we are pleased to announce the 2023 Massachusetts Credit Unions Student Essay Contest for seventh and eighth grade students.

Students in seventh and eighth grade are asked to write an essay in 250 words or less on the following topic:

“With the worst of it behind us, the world continues to adjust to a new normal in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.  There have been many adjustments in the ways we work, the way we learn and the way we socialize as a result.  Please discuss the changes in your own life that have become part of YOUR new normal…things you do differently now from the way you did them before Covid.”

Rules and Procedures for the Essay Contest:

The contest rules and eligibility requirements for participants are as follows:

  • Only students currently in the seventh and eighth grades are eligible to participate.
  • Students must be Massachusetts residents.
  • Schools must be located in Massachusetts.
  • Students must be sponsored by a member credit union in good standing with the Association.
  • All essays must be handwritten by the student.
  • Essays should be no more than 250 words in length.
  • Only one essay per student may be submitted.  Each student may be sponsored by only one credit union.
  • Each essay should include the student’s name and grade level, home address, school name, teacher’s name, principal’s name and sponsoring credit union.  (A standard essay form can be found here.)
  • Essays will be judged on the following criteria:  Originality, Content, Neatness and Grammar/Spelling.

Eight winning essays will be chosen. Winners will be announced in late March/early April.  The first prize winner will receive $500. The seven finalists will each receive $250. In addition to the eight winning essays, there will be several honorable mention winners who will each receive $50. There will be an awards ceremony to honor the contest winners in the spring.

Essays must be emailed to or dropped off at the Credit Union no later than January 23, 2023.

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