Open For Entries! 2018 Make the Case for Caring Contest

By Merritt Frey, Executive Director

 Make the Case for Caring gives U.S. students the chance to think criticially yet compassionately about international issues.

Make the Case for Caring gives U.S. students the chance to think criticially yet compassionately about international issues.

I'm excited to officially open the 2018 make the Case for Caring Essay Contest! From January 1 through March 31, high school students around the United States may submit their essay on this year's theme and compete for fame and fortune.

The contest asks students to build a creative, persuasive argument for engagement in a country like Mali -- far from students' homes and daily concerns. National winners of this essay contest receive (modest) cash awards and recognition. 

Make the Case for Caring Essay Contest theme 2018:

Numerous challenges exist in countries like Mali, where many people live in extreme poverty – poor nutrition and health, food insecurity, lack of sanitation and clean water, violence and instability, low literacy rates, inadequate infrastructure, and more. Why should education be a priority given all of the competing needs in a country like Mali?

All students enrolled in grades 9-12 in U.S. public, private, and home schools within the United States are eligible. The essay must be 300-500 words. Additional rules apply -- see official 2018 rules.

Visit the Make the Case for Caring Essay contest webpage for official rules, learning resources, links to last year's winning essays, and more.