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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Give Your Someday a Head Start 

The RBC® Black History Month Student Essay Competition 2018

Every year Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of black Canadians, past and present.

RBC Royal Bank® takes this time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of black Canadians, who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse and prosperous nation we are today. During Black History Month, Canadians can gain insight into the experiences of black Canadians and the vital role this community has played throughout our shared history.

Essay Topic:

In 750 words or less tell us how you think young people can learn from the achievements and contributions of Black Canadians.

How to submit your essay: 

Email your essay and signed Parent/Guardian Waiver Form to:​

The top three winning essays, determined on the basis set forth in the judging criteria section, may be included in print or online in support of Royal Bank of Canada’s activities related to Black History Month.


The Competition is only open to grade 12 students who are: legal residents of Canada; applying to a Canadian post-secondary school; and plan to attend in the 2019/2020 academic year.
Entries must be the original work of and written solely by the entrant. The Essay must be double-spaced, numbered and type-written. Please see Official Competition Rules for further information on eligibility requirements.


  • Submissions must be emailed on or before Friday, December 7, 2018.

Judging Criteria:

The Essays will be judged on the following criteria:
  • How well the Essay addresses the question or topic
  • How well the Essay is organized
  • The use of personal and non-personal examples to illustrate your point of view
  • Writing accuracy (spelling, grammar and punctuation)


There will be a total of 30 scholarships awarded, including three grand prizes. Scholarship funds will be administered by the Toronto Foundation for Student Success. Each winner will have to show proof of acceptance to a Canadian postsecondary institution prior to receiving the scholarship funds.
  • First prize: $5,000 scholarship
  • Second prize: $2,500 scholarship
  • Third prize: $1,500 scholarship
  • Additional prizes: Twenty-seven (27) – $500 scholarships

Judging is scheduled to be completed by February 8, 2019.


Click here for contest rules and submission form or visit​ for more information.