Contests & Scholarships


Contests & Scholarships

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

Mark Owens, first place winner of 2015 Essay Scholarship Contest organized by FDMHA

Mark Owens, first place winner of 2015 Essay Scholarship Contest organized by FDMHA

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.

Violin Scholarships

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.

Oratorical Contests

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).


  • Mark Owens, first place winner of 2015 Essay Scholarship Contest organized by FDMHA
  • Ryan Wise, 2nd place winner of 2015 Essay Scholarship Contest organized by FDMHA
  • Ryan Wise, 3rd place winner of 2015 Essay Scholarship Contest organized by FDMHA

2 Comments

  1. I highly recommend opening the radius of the area contestants are allowed to reside in order to compete. Not only would this expand competition, it would give a wonderful opportunity to many more children and adolescents.

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  2. Good day Family,
    I am an educator in the Washington, DC area. My hope is that all of your materials (250 narratives are dispersed to needy students). However, If you have any additional copies that can be donated to Prince Georges’ County (Dwight. D. Eisenhower Middle School)- or Me in particular, it would be greatly appreciated. Just a little information, recently (May 22)- my students visited the Home on W street in oder to conduct an investigation- ” To prove to the 45th President that Frederick Douglas was and is in fact DEAD!” we are in the process of developing a video in Crime Investigation Style” The students were very impressed with the home and honestly happy to see such wealth earned by someone that ran away from the great state of Maryland but looked like them. Educationally yours, Wanda L. Wright

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