HIGH POINT — The Ministers’ Conference of High Point and Vicinity invites high school seniors to share their reflections of the past year by writing an essay to participate in the spring edition of the Martin Luther King Jr. essay scholarship competition.

The 2021 MLK Jr. Celebration theme is “Be Heard, Be Helpful, Be Hopeful.” As graduating seniors reflect on the past year of the COVID-19 pandemic, societal changes and awareness, as well as virtual learning and meetings, they should consider what King’s message to their generation would have been during a March on Washington speech, organizers say.

All participants must be a 2021 graduating high school senior and meet two of the following requirements:

• Attend a High Point-area school (public or private)

• Live in Guilford County

• Be actively involved in a church that is a member of the Ministers’ Conference.

The spring scholarship edition is not open to previous fall award winners, but all others who meet the criteria can apply.

All entries must include a completed application, a letter of recommendation from a church pastor and a typewritten essay of three to five pages (12-point font, double-spaced and 1-inch margins) on one of the topics listed. Be sure to document and cite all sources.

Students submitting an essay will have their entry reviewed based on the content, grammar, spelling and APA format.

The complete scholarship application form and essay entry must be received via email no later than April 16 at 5 p.m.

Students will be notified by email on April 30. Awards up to $1,000 will be distributed based on the number of favorable applicants.

For information call 336-254-7231 or email h.p.mlkscholarship@gmail.com.