We provide several resources to help you prepare an excellent essay. We recommend you use these resources to guide your research and writing.

We strongly advise students to read contest Information and topic guidelines and requirements before you prepare your essay. Essays that do not meet contest requirements will be disqualified.

Elements of a Strong Essay 

Use this resource as a checklist as you develop your essay topic, research your topic, and write your essay. Includes a link to excerpts from Profiles in Courage.

Helpful Tips for Writing Your Essay 

This resource explains the essay topic in more detail and provides helpful guidelines for writing and research. 

Guidelines for Citations and Bibliographies

Consult this page for correct formats for citing sources and bibliographies.

Criteria for Judging

Access the criteria contest judges use to evaluate essays.  Use this tool to check the quality of your essay and to make sure you have met all contest requirements.