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 recognized at the annual Scholarship Award ceremony in early June.

Download the Warner History Contest 2021 flyer.​

Cash Prizes

The cash prize amounts are the following: 1st place $1,100, 2nd place $800, and 3rd place $500. 

Who can Apply?

  • Open to all majors

  • At least 3 units of SMC History courses

  • Overall 3.0 GPA in SMC History courses



4 to 6-page essay on any historical topic

Essay Deadline

  • The deadline is Sunday, May 2, 2021.
  • Submit essays (docx or PDF) via email to
  • Winners of the grand prizes will be announced on Friday, May 21, 2021.

Optional Workshop

  • To cover contest requirements and review essay writing skills, an optional workshop will be offered by the History Department: Thursday, April 1, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Click on the following link to register for the live or recorded workshop