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High school students have a chance to win a scholarship, thanks to the New-York Historical Society, by writing a slam dunk essay about basketball’s profound impact on their lives. The grand prize winner will score $1,000 towards their college tuition!

The scholarship celebrates the museum’s The Black Fives exhibition that launches in March. The exposition will explore African-American basketball teams that existed between 1900 and 1950 — it’s a celebration of all-Black athletes that have attained achievements in the face of color barriers and other roadblocks.

Complimenting the The Black Fives, The New-York Historical Society’s scholarship contest asks students between 9th and 12th grade to write an essay describing the NBA’s impact on New York City history, U.S. history, or their own personal history. High schoolers may choose to express their answers through an essay, photo, or video.

A grand prize winner will be selected for each category — essay, photo, and video — and given a $1,000 scholarship for college. A panel of acclaimed judges will review the submissions and announce the winners.

Click here to apply. You have until February 24, 2014 to write up a slam dunk essay to impress the judges!

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