Student Essay Contest

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis announces the 31st Annual Student Essay Contest open to all high school students in the Ninth Federal Reserve District.

Student Essay Contest

2018-2019 Writing Prompt

Use economics to describe and defend an effective immigration policy.

Immigration is one of the most contentious issues in American society, and understandably so. Approximately 44 million immigrants reside in the United States, constituting more than 14 percent of the population, and we welcome more than one million more new legal immigrants annually. Policy decisions about what types of individuals should be allowed to immigrate legally, how many immigrants to allow, how and whether to provide undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship, whom to deport, and how to secure borders are hotly debated, and any immigration reform will have ethical, political and economic ramifications.

With this in mind, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is asking students in its 31st annual essay contest to use economics to describe and defend an effective immigration policy.


Rules and Submission Information

We will start accepting submissions for this year's contest on February 1, 2019

Student essays due

April 19, 2019

Finalists announced

May 7, 2019

Awards Program at Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

May 17, 2019

Read the complete contest rules


Awards

First Place: $400 (+$100 for being a finalist) and a paid summer internship at the Minneapolis Fed during the summer of 2020

Second Place: $300 (+$100 for being a finalist)

Third Place: $200 (+$100 for being a finalist)

All thirty student finalists: $100

The winning essays will be published online. Teachers with one or more students who are selected as finalists will receive a $100 cash prize.


Teachers: Download a printable 2018-2019 Essay Contest poster.


If you have any questions, email EssayContest@mpls.frb.org