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.

Cash Prizes

The cash prize amount is the following: 1st place $500.00. 

Who can Apply?

  • Open to all majors

  • At least 3 units of SMC History courses prior to Fall 2022 semester

  • Overall 3.0 GPA in SMC History courses


  • Submit the online SMC Scholarship Office application to determine your eligibility.
  • The application deadline is Friday, December 31, 2021.
  • Eligible applicants will be notified the week of January 10, 2022.


4 to 6-page essay on any historical topic

Essay Deadline

  • The deadline is Monday, March 13, 2022.
  • Submit essays (docx or PDF) via email to
  • Winners of the grand prizes will be announced in May 2023.

Optional Workshop

  • Will cover contest requirements and review essay writing skills.
  • Date, time and Zoom i.d. to be announced