FDMHA promotes scholarship among young people by organizing essay, music (violin) and oratorial contests. Contest winners receive cash prizes and are also recognized/honored at a reception organized by FDMHA.
Essay Scholarship Contest
Each year, FDMHA sponsors an Essay Scholarship Contest and invites senior high school contestants in Washington, DC or in Maryland or Virginia within a 50 mile radius of Washington, DC to consider the relevance of Mr. Douglass’ legacy by writing an essay on a carefully researched subject that incorporates the writings and the life history of Mr. Douglass.
The winner of the competitive annual contest is awarded a $3,000 prize. A second place winner receives $2,000 and a third place winner receives $1,000.
The FDMHA Essay Scholarship Contest offers a meaningful opportunity for contestants to develop and enhance research, writing, and critical thinking skills while they deepen their understanding and appreciation of Mr. Douglass.
FDMHA awards two needs-based scholarships each year to support the development of violin playing skills/talent among the youth. Frederick Douglass was an accomplished vilolinist and music teacher. Th Violins Scholarship awards celebrate Douglass’ legacy as a violinist and helps support the musical development of young violin players.
FDMHA also organizes oratorical contests for students in public schools in Washington D.C. and Rochester, New York, to perpetuate Mr. Douglass’ reputation as an outstanding orator.
Below are 2015 FDMHA scholarship winners – L-R: Mark Owens (1st place), Ryan Wise (2nd place), Christine Nnaji (3rd place).