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Contest / ScholarshipTeachers Against Prejudice: Essay Contest
Description:Teachers Against Prejudice is a grassroots non-profit organization composed of educators, parents, and concerned citizens whose mission is to increase awareness and examine the causes and roots of prejudice and discrimination; open dialogue with students and teachers from elementary school through college; and promote understanding and respect for all through the critical exploration and analysis of films, television, and other media.

TAP is pleased to invite middle and high school students to participate in our 2018 Annual International Essay Contest; the deadline is December 15, 2018. The winners will be notified in 2019, and winning entries will be posted on our website. This contest is open to all students enrolled in grades 5 through 12, including students from private and public schools as well as home-schooled students.

We will have two separate categories, one for middle school students (grades 5—8) and one for high school students (grades 9—12). The essay questions, judging criteria, and prizes are listed below. Winning entries from previous years can be viewed at:

We hope your teachers will work with their students on this important theme. We welcome and encourage their participation in this contest. We trust it will help to hone students’ critical thinking skills as well as provide a forum for their creativity. In addition, if you have any teachers on your staff who are interested in helping us judge the entries we receive, please have them contact us.

Please see website for further information.
Sponsor:Teachers Against Prejudice
Sponsor's Goals:TAP's mission is to increase awareness of prejudice and discrimination and examine its causes and roots; open dialogue with and between students and educators from elementary school through college; and promote understanding and respect for all through the critical exploration and analysis of films, television, and other media.

TAP works on all issues of discrimination whether based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or body image.

We are a non-profit group dedicated to fighting prejudice, intolerance and bigotry through education. We stand for a future built on the respect and acceptance we can all create today.

Why We're Here
Because TAP believes that...

intolerance and indifference are the fundamental reasons for biased behavior.

prejudice is learned at a young age. As such, our primary focus is on schools as the best channel to combat prejudice and protect young people
from becoming victims and perpetrators of discrimination.

it is essential to challenge preconceived ideas about prejudice and stereotypes through critical thinking, analysis, exercises, and action.

What We Offer
TAP helps teachers address issues of sensitivity and respect concerning diversity in the classroom.

TAP provides trained professionals to teach students how to confront prejudice.

What We Do: TAP. . .
Uses the voice and lens of popular media to educate students and to train teachers in order to foster understanding of the roots of prejudice and

Develops and presents workshops at educational conferences on issues related to prejudice, discrimination, and media literacy

Develops and presents workshops for in-service training at public and private schools on issues related to prejudice, discrimination, and building

Participates in conferences related to global peace, including peace forums at Pace University, Columbia University, and the U.N.

Provides keynote speakers on diversity, critical thinking, and personal responsibility, for educational and community groups

Produces a quarterly journal with valuable suggestions for curriculum enhancement and development, both educational and personal

Provides curriculum development services for those teachers/schools that desire more in-depth training

Develops teachers' video guides for popular films and documentaries to be used both as in-class tools and for lesson planning

Sponsors an annual essay contest open to all middle school and high school students, worldwide

Links members throughout the world via a listserv

Promotes a reading list and a film list for students, educators and all who are interested in opening minds and expanding their horizons

Serves as a resource for members and non-members alike on questions and issues related to prejudice, discrimination, global issues, and diversity

Provides Empathy Training

Provides Conflict Resolution Training

What We Envision
TAP envisions a world free of prejudice and discrimination. TAP is committed to using cinema, television, and other forms of media as educational vehicles to help teachers, students, and communities redefine their way of thinking and see through the eyes of others. TAP supports educators, parents, students, and others committed to a free and just society. We know that in order for this to happen, we need to create a level-playing field respecting the inherent right of all to self-identify rather than be labeled. In so doing, we achieve a greater sensitivity to others and a greater awareness of the power of images, words, labels, and terminologies that can hurt, help or heal.

TAP’s vision is a world in which we all learn from and are enriched by our differences while we celebrate our commonalities, replacing apathy with empathy and understanding, leading to a peaceful, just, global society for all.

Total # of Prizes:6
Low Prize:$100.00
Top Prize:$300.00
Applies To:
For Residents of:Anywhere
Other Requirements:Middle School entries (grades 5-8)
Entries must not exceed 750 words, must be typed, must be clearly organized, and must answer all parts of the question.

High School entries (grades 9-12)
Entries must not exceed 1,000 words, must be typed, must be clearly organized, and must answer all parts of the question.

Criteria: For contact purposes only, all students must include their name, home address, contact phone number, school name, school location, and grade. Also include an e-mail address, if available.*

Entries will become the property of TAP.
Essays may be submitted in Word or text format or scanned in as PDF files. Please include your name in the filename (e.g., "Jane Doe--TAP.doc").
Entries should be emailed to (middle school) or (high school) by December 15, 2018, and must be accompanied by the Contest Entry Form on the website.
Please indicate in the subject line "Middle school essay contest" or "High school essay contest."
If Internet access is not available, entries must be postmarked by December 15 and mailed to
: Teachers Against Prejudice
381 Long Hill Road
Wallingford, CT 06492

Prizes: First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded in each age group
First place: $300
Second place: $200
Third place: $100
(Prizes of comparable value will be awarded for those who reside outside of the United States.)

Based on previous results, we anticipate a good response and want to make sure that your students are included in this timely, relevant discussion.

TAP reserves the right to copy and modify any entry for reproduction. Entries will become the property of TAP.

*PRIVACY POLICY: The personal information provided with contest entries is used only for communication regarding the contest. We will not add you to any mailing lists without your prior knowledge or express permission, and personal contact information is not shared with any organization outside TAP.
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