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Tuskegee University Announces Winners of the President's Essay Contest

May 11, 2023

Contact: Kawana McGough, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

Graphic showing the three President's Essay Contest Winners for 2023

Tuskegee University students penned their best work for the annual President's Essay Contest and the top three students recently read their passionate prose in the University Chapel.

Students were asked to identify and elaborate on measures that would ensure the current period of racial reckoning in the U.S. fulfills its mandate for long lasting racial equality.

Taking home the coveted first prize of $1,000 is Azariah Crosby, a freshman studying Political Science from Merrillville, Indiana. Second place and a prize of $600 went to Alaynah Elderidge, a freshman studying Secondary English Language Arts Education from Mobile, Alabama. And in third place, receiving a prize of $400, is Gabby McClellan, a senior studying Psychology from Birmingham, Alabama.

This highly anticipated event, which dates back to 1895 was initiated by our founder and Principal, Dr. Booker T. Washington. The goal is to celebrate the academic excellence of our students and promote thoughtful discourse on important issues.

This year's contest was no exception, with talented students from across the university submitting high-quality and thought-provoking essays.

"I am continually impressed by the depth of knowledge and insight our students demonstrate in these essays," said Tameka A. Harper, MPA, dean of students. "This competition serves as a testament to our commitment to academic excellence, and I am honored to award these deserving students for their hard work and dedication."


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