TNF Youth Summer Essay Contest 2023

Tamil Nadu Foundation

TNF Youth Summer Essay Contest 2023

The TNF Youth Committee is happy to announce the 2023 competition featuring a college-essay type format for grade-school students centered on giving back to community.


  • For upcoming grade school children based in the USA 
    • 3 tiers – Upcoming Elementary, Middle, and High school 
    • Tier will be based on your upcoming grade – the grade you will attend after the 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) 
  • The document should be submitted in PDF format. 
  • 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 it but not by too much (use your best logic and common sense)


There are two prompts given for each category. Choose one of the prompts from the list under your category. 

High School (9-12th grade): 

What challenges do the underprivileged in your community face, and what could you do to make a difference in their lives? 

Students across the world lost their continuity in education during the pandemic. How could the world better prepare to avoid disruption in education, if another pandemic were to occur? 

Middle School (6-8th grade): 

Why is community service important in your community? 

How does your education influence your future success? 

Elementary School (1-5th grade): 

How do you want to make the world a better place? 

If you could be anyone in the world, who would you be and why?

In addition to the essay based on the prompts given, you also have to answer the following question in order to be qualified to enter the competition.

Describe any of the items under the “Youth” menu on the website in 3-4 lines

The information needed to answer  the question is available on our website (

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

Important Dates 

Registration opens: June 1, 2023

Last day for Registration/Submission: August 26, 2023

Results Announcement: September 30, 2023

Individual Feedback will be sent by: October 28, 2023

Prizes will be awarded in a local chapter event if one is organized in October/November.  Else, it will be delivered electronically. 

All the participants will receive individual feedback from young professionals.

Summer Essay Contest Rubric


Submission Process 


  • Parent(s) of the student should register the student to enter the competition using the  registration link at
  • After registration is complete, a confirmation email will be sent to both parent’s email address and the student’s email address (if provided). 


*If you have any questions, please reach out to