2021 First-Generation Essay Contest Deadline


Nov. 12, 2021 (All day)
Essay Conect 2021 UNLV First-Generation Contest


The MSI Student Council and The Intersection are excited to announce the Second Annual First-Generation Student Essay Contest. The contest is part of the UNLV 2021 First-Generation Campus-wide Celebration. The deadline to submit is Friday, November 12, 2021.

Details: Any first-generation UNLV student can enter this contest by picking one of these terms and writing a short personal essay inspired by it. Essays should be 500 words long. The essay should address the writer’s life experience in some way. 

There will be six winners: 3 undergraduate and three graduate or professional students winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place respectively. Each first-place winner will receive a $500 scholarship, second-place winners will receive a $300 scholarship, and third-place winners will receive a scholarship of $200. The MSI Student Council provides the scholarship dollars.

Essay Themes

  • Survival: The most challenging moments in our lives often teach us crucial survival skills. From a first-generation perspective, share an example, story, or advice that helped you overcome academic or personal challenges.
  • Translation: Starting a new phase of your life can make you feel like you have to start translating between two different worlds: who you were then and now. How do you define first-generation for yourself right now? What does the term “first-generation” mean to you? What does it mean to your family or friends?
  • Firsts:  What did your first day on a college campus feel like? Share some advice and wisdom you have acquired for people doing something challenging and exciting for the first time.

Submission Details

Deadline to submit: November 12, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Submission Must Be:

  1. 500 words and no more than two pages double-spaced
  2. Double-space with 1-inch top, bottom, left, and right margins
  3. 12-point font (Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri, etc.)
  4. PDF format

Additional Judging Criteria

  1. Organization: Arrangement of material; clarity of description; management of transitions.
  2. Grammar and style: Command of the written language
  3. Presentation: Did you follow the contest rules about length, double spacing, font size, etc.?

Submission Link



Admission Information

Open to currently enrolled first-generation students

Contact Information

The Intersection: The Academic Multicultural Resource Center at UNLV

External Sponsor

The Minority Serving Institution Student Council

The Intersection