Essay Contest

2024 Summer Reading Essay Contest
Two winners will receive one $500 Scholarship each
(one Rutherford County high school student and one MTSU incoming freshman or transfer)

All first year students (freshman and transfer) are eligible to submit essays. Essays will be read and evaluated by members of the MTSU faculty and staff. 

ESSAY TOPIC: The university environment is inclusive of people from all walks of life. What is a creative way to advocate for yourself as a new member of the community and what information do you feel is important to know as a resident in a new land?


Essay Length: maximum of 1,000 words

Formatting: double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12pt. Times New Roman


Cover Page: All entries must have a cover sheet that includes your name and essay title.

MTSU students: Include M number, MTSU email, and phone number

RUCO students: Include high school, senior English teacher, email, and phone number

Essay: Judging is anonymous, so do not include your name anywhere in your essay. Only include your name on the cover page.

Originality: Your submission must be an entirely original piece of writing. 

Deadline: All entries must be submitted by AUGUST 2, 2024, to with "Laughing Without an Accent" in the subject line.