Nebraska McAuliffe Prize Essay Contest

The Nebraska Christa McAuliffe Prize Committee would like to encourage students to write about courage in education. What is courage in education, and why is it important? The author of the winning essay will receive a $100 prize and the runner-up will receive a $50 prize.

Essays may focus on a particular courageous teacher or on the reasons courage is important in today's educators. Authors might explore a specific aspect of courage in teaching, the effects such courage has on others, the historical or societal trends in affecting the need for courage or the barriers to courage in education.

The essay should be between 500 and 800 words. They will be judged on journalistic merits and on the ability to provoke thought in the reader about the concept of courage in education.

Send completed essays to The deadline is October 10th. To learn more about the McAuliffe Prize for courage and excellence in education and the essay contest visit