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The Black Mountain Institute, The Intersection, and the MSI Student Council are excited to announce the First-Generation Student Essay Contest for 2022. The contest is part of the UNLV 2022 First-Gen Celebration.

About: Any first-generation UNLV undergraduate or graduate professional student can enter this contest. Students must choose a prompt and write a short personal essay. Essays should be no longer than 500 words long. The essay should address the writer’s life-experience.

Details: Essays will be read and judged by a panel of writers and editors at the Black Mountain Institute (BMI) in the College of Liberal Arts. Awards will be given in two categories: graduate and undergraduate. 1st place winners will each receive a $1,000 scholarship provided by the MSI Student Council. Additionally, 1st place winners will be invited to be BMI’s guest at a special literary event during the year. 2nd place winners will receive a $500 scholarship, and 3rd place winners will receive a scholarship of $300. Scholarships are provided by MSI Student Council and supported by Black Mountain Institute.

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