Education

2021 Essay Contest

The Camp Pendleton Historical Society (CPHS) is pleased to announce a historical essay contest for full-time students enrolled in San Diego County colleges and universities.  

Scope.  The essay is limited to history of the land now known as Camp Pendleton. This includes the pre-history (archeology) of the land, its native American occupants, the Spanish exploration and mission era, the rancho era, and the history of the Camp as a significant cultural and economic institution in San Diego County since 1942.  Not included in the essay scope is the history of any military units (Marine Corps, Navy, Army, others) based at Camp Pendleton.

Essay Length.  Essays are limited to 5,000 words (not including graphic captions, numbered end notes, and bibliography).

Prizes.  1st Place – $1,000 / 2nd Place – $500  

Deadlines

  • A letter application for entry into the contest is required and must contain the student’s name, address, college/university name, essay area of interest, and tentative title.  This letter application must be emailed to essaycontest.cphs@gmail.com and received no later than Dec. 31, 2020 to be eligible for the contest.
  • The essay must be submitted (as an attachment) via email (essaycontest.cphs@gmail.com) no later than May 31, 2021.

Contest Details.  Essay rules, deadlines, and judging criteria are contained in the flyer which can be downloaded here:

Flyer – CPHS 2021 Essay Contest

Questions? 

  • Send an email to essaycontest.cphs@gmail.com and place “Essay Contest” in the Subject line of your email. 
  • If you would prefer to talk to someone about the essay contest versus sending an email, please contact Cal Frantz at (442) 287-8037.