Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Civic Engagement Essay Contest

2014 Civic Engagement Essay

The Civic Engagement essay contest invites CCAC students to consider the concept of civic engagement by writing an essay about becoming an active citizen on campus or in their community.

Students are asked to write an original essay that demonstrates an understanding of civic action and civic identity in our diverse community.  Students should address the following topics:


  • Explain what civic engagement means to you.
  • Describe how you are involved with your campus and/or community.
  • Explain how your actions benefitted the group(s) you were helping.
  • Examine what you have learned through your experience.
  • Discuss the importance of interacting with people of different backgrounds.



  • 3-4 page essay
  • Double-spaced
  • 1” margins
  • 12-point font
  • Complete and attach the required cover page 
  • The submission site is closed.


To qualify students must:

  • Be a registered CCAC student
  • Have earned 30 or more credits
  • Have participated in a service project

Essays will be reviewed by a committee in May 2014. One winner will be announced the week of May 19th

Prize: $1,000 Scholarship


Deadline: The deadline was April 30, 2014.  The contest is closed.