The Bennu Project Scholarship

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Read, “The Bennu Project,” by Tyrone Givens. Available for loan at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, in New York, MidPointe Library: Middletown, in Middletown Ohio and Dayton Metro Library, in Dayton Ohio.

We invite 11th-grade and 12th-grade students in New York, Cincinnati, Middletown and Dayton to write a college-application style essay, no shorter than 1000 words and no longer than 1600 words, that describes how “The Bennu Project” resonated with you. What did you learn? Describe how, if it all, it changed your point of view on any one topic. Was it a catalyst for more in-depth research? Explain the book’s significance to you, and its impact on your life. Winners will receive the prize in the form of a payment to the high school or College of their choice.


11th -12th GRADE

African American High School Students

Entry Deadline

June 29, 2021


Essays will be judged on whether the student is able to argue for and justify his or her views. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate a deep understanding of the subject material.


  • No application is required. Contest is open to students in New York, Middletown Ohio, Cincinnati Ohio and Dayton Ohio. Essays must be written in English only.
  • Entrant must be in the 11th or 12th grades for any part of the school year in which the contest is held. TBP Corp. reserves the right to make exceptions to this rule, on a case-by-case basis, for international students or for students with nonstandard school years.
  • Essays must be submitted electronically via email.
  • Essay must be no fewer than 1000 and no more than 1,600 words in length, double-spaced. Spelling errors and/or written corrections (by anyone) found on the essay will count against the final grade and should be omitted before submission.
  • One entry per student per contest.
  • Essay must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. EST of the entry deadline.
  • TBP Corp. has the right to provide contest deadline extensions when deemed appropriate.
  • Essay must be solely the work of the entrant. Plagiarism will result in disqualification. Essays must not infringe on any third-party rights or intellectual property of any person, company or organization. By submitting an essay to this contest, the entrant agrees to indemnify TBP Corp. for any claim, demand, judgment or other allegation arising from possible violation of someone’s trademark, copyright or other legally protected interest in any way in the entrant’s essay.
  • Decisions of the judges are final.
  • Employees of TBP Corp., its board of directors and their immediate family members are not eligible for this contest. Past first-place winners are not eligible for this contest.
  • All entries become the property of TBP Corp. and will not be returned. Essays may be reproduced on our website and/or shared with third parties for purposes of marketing the contest.
  • Winners, finalists and all other participants will be notified via email and/or by mail, typically by August.
  • Winners are responsible for providing their mailing addresses and other necessary information under the law in order to receive any prizes. Prizes must be claimed within three months of the results being announced.
  • Winners agree to allow TBP Corp. to post their names on any of TBPC’s affiliated websites. The first-place essay may be posted in its entirety on any of these websites with full credit given to the author.
  • Winners consent to participate in interviews and allow TBP Corp. to use quotes and take photographs or make movies or videotapes of them.
  • Winners also grant TBP Corp. the right to edit, use and reuse said products for nonprofit purposes, including use in print, on the internet and all other forms of media.
  • Winners release TBP Corp. and its agents and employees from all claims, demands, and liabilities whatsoever regarding the above.
  • Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes.


Other than endorsing perfect punctuation and grammar in English, TBP Corp. offers no advice or feedback on contest essays.

To submit an essay electronically, please email

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