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Rotary Essay Contest

The St. Joseph/Benton Harbor Rotary Club Essay Contest, supported by Berrien RESA, offers students an opportunity to demonstrate their social studies and writing skills by composing an essay on a contemporary topic chosen by the Rotary Club.

Each Berrien County High School may nominate 1 senior student to participate. One senior level homeschooled student is also invited to participate.

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 essay writers: 

  • 1st place – $1,000
  • 2nd place – $750 
  • 3rd place – $500

To Nominate a Student...

Contact Tonya Snyder
Student Talent Consultant
269-471-7725 ext. 3360


Rotary Club of St. Joseph / Benton Harbor Website

*Essay rules and topic are determined by the Rotary Club. 


2024 Rotary Essay Contest Dates

Tuesday, February 13, 2024
9 am

Participating students should report to:
Berrien RESA Admin Center
711 St. Joseph Ave, Berrien Springs


Monday, April 22, 2024

All students who participated in the contest are invited to attend the luncheon reception where everyone will be formally recognized and the winners will be announced.

Time and location to be determined.

Rotary Essay Contest

3 students posing with giant checks that they won from the Rotary Essay Contest