The application for the 2016 Junior Achievement Essay Competition, in partnership with David M. Rubenstein, is now open

You must submit your essay no later than 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

The topic for this year is: 

Entrepreneurs have been around since the very beginning of our country’s history. Their contributions to society are as diverse as the backgrounds and personal experiences of these men and women.
George Washington and Dr. Dre are two such innovators from very different time periods, who both had a profound impact on American culture. But who would you consider a greater entrepreneur and why?

Construct a persuasive essay that compares and contrasts the entrepreneurial contributions of each man before making a conclusion and explaining why you made your choice.


Important Essay Guidelines

View, download, and print the 2016 Junior Achievement Essay Competition Poster

View, download, and print the 2016 Junior Achievement Essay Competition Poster

Essays must be 1,000 – 1,500 words. Footnotes, citations, endnotes, and essay titles will not be counted as part of the 1,000 – 1,500 words allotted to the applicant.

Applicants must use proper grammar and spelling in the essay and will be penalized for use of improper grammar or spelling.

Applicants are not permitted to include any forms of media other than plain text in their essays, such as photos, diagrams, or charts.

Essays must be typed in 12 point Times New Roman font, double spaced.

Essays must include the Applicant ID Code assigned by Junior Achievement in the upper right corner of each page.  Applicant ID Codes will be automatically assigned after the completion of the first step of the online submission process.

Applicants may opt to cite external references in their essays, such as statistics or quotes.  All external references must be properly cited as parenthetical citations, footnotes, or endnotes.

Essays must be the original work of the applicant.  Essays must neither have been entered in another competition nor have been published previously in any form or sold for publication.  Essays must not contain material that infringes on the intellectual property rights of others.  Any essay that violates these rules will be disqualified and any awards made for such essay will be rescinded and must be returned to Junior Achievement.  All essays will be checked for plagiarism by Junior Achievement with SafeAssign by Blackboard.

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