John Sexton Essay Contest

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John Sexton Essay Contest

Rise for Rohingya is organizing the 2020 John Sexton Essay Contest is for the students. The Rise for Rohingya Campaign welcomes high school students across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to participate in the 2020 John Sexton Essay Contest.

The determination behind introducing the 2020 John Sexton Essay Contest is to help students desiring to pursue higher education with financial assistance. The motive of the scholarship is to also provide students with a unique mentorship opportunity with NYU President Emeritus, John Sexton.

The Rohingya people, a Muslim-minority group, are currently facing systematic persecution in Myanmar. The persecution has resulted in the forced migration of more than a million Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh, with the number increasing each day. The UN describes this Rohingya Refugee Crisis as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”. Their non-profit campaign is committed to positively impacting the Rohingya Refugee Community in Bangladesh.

Brief Description

Entrants may check into the given table for more details about the scholarship-

Organization Rise for Rohingya
Educational Level High school
Subjects All
Amount Varies
Access Mode Online
Number of Awards Undefined
City New York
Nationality Domestic
Country United States
Application Deadline December 30, 2020
Application Fees Nil
Requirement Essay

Who May be Eligible?

Applicants interested in applying for the 2020 John Sexton Essay Contest must comply with the eligibility criteria-

  • The applicant must be presently be enrolled in a high school.
  • The applicant must attend a school in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut.
  • The applicant must not have previously won or received an honourable mention in the John Sexton Essay Contest.
  • The applicant must not be related to any member of the Rise for Rohingya Team or current judge.

​How to Apply

To apply for the 2020 John Sexton Essay Contest, the applicant must submit a 500-word essay via email to in PDF form on the topic, Identify and elaborate on one or more lessons that have been learned from historical genocides or mass persecutions. Can these lessons be applied to the Rohingya Refugee Crisis?

Supporting documents

  • Cover sheets must include the authors:
  • Name
  • Email address
  • The high school is currently attending.
  • Current grade level​


The John Sexton Essay Contest will award $500 to the first-prize winner, $300 to the second prize winner, and $200 for the third-prize winner. The five honourable mentions will receive $50 each. The beneficiary will be able to use this prize to pay for the educational expenses. All seven winners will be provided with a unique mentorship opportunity with NYU President Emeritus, John Sexton. Besides, all winners will receive, SAT Tutoring from an elite test prep agency, Sentia Education, a personal Awards Ceremony for students and their families, a signed copy of John Sexton’s book “Standing for Reason”.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the 2020 John Sexton Essay Contest is December 10, 2020. Entrants must submit the essay before the deadline to be considered.


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