TNF Youth Summer Essay Contest 2021

Tamil Nadu Foundation

TNF Youth Summer Essay Contest 2021

The TNF Youth Committee is happy to announce a new competition featuring a college-essay type format for grade-school students centered on TNF and giving back to the Tamil community.


  • For upcoming grade school children
    • 3 tiers – Upcoming Elementary, Middle, and High school
    • Tier will be based on your upcoming grade – grade you will attend after summer break (for example, if you just finished 8th grade and are heading to 9th, you will be put in the high school pool)
  • No submission fee


  • Double spaced, any legible font (nothing fancy please)
  • Word Count
    • Upcoming elementary schoolers: 250-500 words
    • Upcoming middle schoolers: max of around 500
    • Upcoming high schoolers: max of around 650
    • Can go over but not by too much (use your best logic and common sense)


  • All essays should be relevant to giving back to the community – does not have to be about TNF (Essays can cover more than one prompt, when submitting choose the one most fitting):
    • Importance of staying connected to your root
    • How to become a role model
    • Service, the impact it has on both the ones receiving and giving it
    • Describe a direct experience with TNF and its effects on you and others

Prizes: 1st- $100, 2nd – $50, 3rd – $25 for each tier

  • Prizes will be delivered electronically, if chosen as a winner, we will contact you!

Submissions will close August 31st, prizes awarded max 2 weeks later (September 17th). Submissions: email with these details:

  • Name and upcoming school year
  • Essay attached in a word or pdf format
  • Preferred method of contact

*And if you have any questions, please reach out to