Governor Announces Black History Month Contest

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Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014 6:40 pm | Updated: 5:06 pm, Sun Jan 12, 2014.

Tallahassee - The Governor and First Lady of Florida have announced the start of this year's Black History Month Art and Essay Contests. 

Governor Rick Scott said, “This month is a great opportunity for Florida students to learn about the significance of Black History to our nation’s fabric. The 2014 Black History Month Contests will provide our students with a chance to enhance their educational experience and encourage them to become better leaders.”

In additional to the art and essay contests the Governor will also honor full-time African-American educators in elementary, middle or high schools with  the Black History Month Excellence in Education Award.

“The Black History Month art and essay contests will allow Florida students the opportunity to express their creativity and learn more about what makes Florida such a unique and special place. I encourage Florida students and teachers to participate. I would also like to thank Ms. Rose Jefferson for being the featured artist for this year’s Black History Month.”, said First Lady Ann Scott. 

This year’s Black History Month featured artist is Rose Jefferson. She was born in Alexandria, Louisiana and grew up in Houston. She pursued her passion for painting and drawing after her mother passed away in 1999. Her artwork has been exhibited mostly in the southeast and she lives in Melbourne, Florida. 

About the Student Contests

Art Contest for Grades K-3 – The Black History Month art contest is open to all

Florida students in grades K-3, and two winners will be selected.

Essay Contest for Grades 4-12 – The Black History Month essay contest is open to all Florida students in grades 4 through 12. Three winners will be selected: one elementary student (grades 4-5), one middle-school student (grades 6-8), and one high school student (grades 9-12). Winners will receive a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

About the Excellence in Education Award

Governor Scott’s annual Black History Month Excellence in Education Award Contest is open to all African-American, full time educators in an elementary, middle or high school in Florida. Three winners will be selected: one elementary (K-5) teacher, one middle school (6-8) teacher and one high school (9-12) teacher.

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Contest Entries and Nominations

Student Contests and Educator Nomination forms must be mailed to:


Volunteer Florida

Attention: Black History Month

3800 Esplanade Way

Suite 180

Tallahassee, FL 32311

All entries must be mailed to Volunteer Florida and postmarked on or before January 31, 2014.

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