Warner History Essay Contest


​​​About the Warner History Essay Contest

The Warner History Essay Contest, established by the Warner family, is a scholarship opportunity open to students of all majors. Cash prizes are awarded for the top three essays on any historical topic. Winners are honored at an invitation only Scholarship Recognition Even in mid-May.

Cash Prizes

The cash prize amounts are the following: 1st place $700.00; and honorable mention $300.

Who can Apply?

  • Open to all majors

  • At least 3 units of SMC History courses prior to Fall 2023 semester

  • Overall 3.0 GPA in SMC History courses


  • Submit the online SMC Scholarship Office application to determine your eligibility. Log into your Corsair Connect to submit the Scholarship Application. 
  • The application deadline is Sunday, December 31, 2023.
  • Eligible applicants will be notified the week of January 8, 2024.


4 to 6-page essay on any historical topic

Essay Deadline

  • The deadline is Monday, March 18, 2024.
  • Submit essays (docx or PDF) via email to
  • Winners of the grand prizes will be announced after Monday, April 1, 2024.

Optional Workshop

  • Will cover contest requirements and review essay writing skills.
  • February 2, 2024 at 12:00 pm Pacific Time (US and Canada). Join Zoom Meeting meeting ID: 322 436 7146 | Passcode: Warner