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APPLY: 2023 Coal City University (CCU) Annual Essay Contest for Nigerian Students

Coal City University (CCU) Annual Essay Contest is organized to encourage students to develop their writing skills, build confidence, and showcase their creativity. It helps to increase awareness of current global issues among the young population.

It aims to encourage and awaken the young mind’s initiative and capacity for creative thoughts toward sustainable development. In addition, the essay contest also seeks to get society to learn from the students and to recognize that it is our collective responsibility to address these issues.

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  • Host: Coal City University (CCU)
  • Category: Competitions 
  • Eligible Country: Nigeria 
  • Reward: 900,000 Naira | Full University Tuition Fee
  • Deadline: June 9, 2023
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To apply for the essay competition, you must meet the following requirement:

  • Any student in Senior Secondary School (SS1-SS3) who registers for the contest may submit an essay.
  • The essay’s length should be between 700-1000 words, and the title of the essay and the author’s name should be typed at the top of the first page (these are not included in the word count limit).
  • The essay should be in British English.
  • Participants should submit their registration and entry online via the University’s website, ccu.edu.ng. Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  • Submissions must be original, and plagiarized essays will be rejected.
  • Co-authored essays will not be accepted.
  • The organizers would be assigned the copyright of the entered essays.


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Duration and Reward


 To encourage participation and reward excellence, the following prizes would be awarded:

  • First Prize: 500,000 naira or Full tuition fee scholarship in Coal City University for any choice of course and a Certificate of Achievement
  • Second Prize: 250,000 naira and a Certificate of Achievement
  • Third Prize: 150,000 naira and a Certificate of Achievement
  • All Shortlisted Students: Consolation prizes and a Certificate of Participation
  • Other Awards (Best School Award, School Incentive Award) will be given if applicable.

Judges Criteria & Selection procedures

Judging Criteria

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  • Relevance to the topic
  • Clarity of thought and expression
  • Coherence and organization of the essay
  • Originality and creativity of the ideas presented
  • Research depth and supporting evidence
  • Grammatical accuracy and overall writing quality

Selection Procedure

 The essay contest selection procedure will be as follows:

  • Registration: Interested students will register for the contest by filling out a registration form, which will be available on the school’s website (www.ccu.edu.ng). The registration form will include the student’s name, school, grade level, contact information, and a confirmation that they have read and understood the guidelines.
  • Submission: Students will be required to submit their essays via the school’s website (www.ccu.edu.ng) by the deadline for submission, June 9, 2023.
  • Judging: The essays will be judged by a panel of judges who will evaluate the submissions based on the criteria outlined. The judges will consist of a team of Professionals who will evaluate the essays anonymously. All submissions will be given equal consideration.
  • Shortlisting: The judges will shortlist the top 20 essays based on their quality, relevance, originality, and coherence. These essays will be ranked based on their scores, and the top 20 essays will be selected for the second round.
  • Invitation: The top 20 essay finalists will be invited to make an oral presentation or discuss their essays in front of the judges and a selected audience, which may include stakeholders, scholars, principals, parents, teachers, and fellow students. The second round of selection involving oral presentations provides an opportunity for finalists to showcase their writing skills and ability to communicate effectively.
  • Guidelines: Guidelines will be provided to the finalists regarding the presentation format and duration, as well as any materials they may require.
  • Evaluation: The judges will evaluate the oral presentations based on the same criteria used in the previous rounds of selection. The finalists will be judged on their ability to communicate their ideas, engage the audience, and respond to questions, which provides a more comprehensive assessment of their overall abilities.
  • Final Ranking: The final ranking will be determined based on the combined scores from the previous round of selection and the oral presentation. The essay with the highest score will be declared the winner of the contest, and the second and third places will also be awarded.
  • Award Ceremony: The winners will be announced during the award ceremony, and they will receive their prizes in the presence of stakeholders, scholars, principals, parents, teachers, and fellow students. The award ceremony is proposed to hold at the University Auditorium, on July 14, 2023.

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Method of Application

Interested and qualified applicants should submit their essays using the link below.

You should as well pay attention to the guideline as specified in the link 

Deadline: June 9, 2023

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