OI offering essay scholarships

Staff Writer

High schoolers are invited to participate in a essay contest being held by the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St.

Essays are currently being accepted for the My Artifact/My Future contest, in which Chicago area students are asked to discuss the contemporary and future impact of an artifact from the museum’s collection, as well as how it inspires the author. Essays are due Jan. 15 and three winners will be chosen.

The contest is being held in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit, “Our Work: Modern Jobs — Ancient Origins,” which highlights the ancient roots of contemporary professions.

According to Carol Ng-He, K-12 and continuing education developer at the Oriental Institute, the contest dovetails with the Common Core State Standard initiative, a federal initiative setting yearly progress benchmarks for high school students.
“We’re in the second year of the new Common Core and so the educational department wanted to engage high school students in rethinking ancient civilization and the way it inspired us,” Ng-He said.

To find out more or to apply, call the Oriental Institute at 773-702-9507 or send an e-mail to oi-education@uchicago.edu.