Essay contest from NJ Hall of Fame 

Who belongs in the New Jersey Hall of Fame? The New Jersey Hall of Fame and its lead sponsor, Hackensack Meridian Health, want your students to participate in the decision-making process. New Jersey public school students are invited to participate in the N.J. Hall of Fame Essay Contest. Students may recommend nominees—living or dead—to the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Nominations can include famous people as well as ordinary citizens who do extraordinary things. Students should research or interview, if possible, the person they wish to nominate and write an essay no longer than 500 words.  

Essays must be typed and double-spaced. The student must include their name, age, grade level as of April 1, 2023, address, phone number, parent/guardian’s name, school name, and school district. If the essay is a school project, the student should also include the name of the teacher who assigned the activity.

Nominations must be postmarked or emailed by May 1, 2023, to be eligible. Send entries to:

NJ Hall of Fame Contest
Meredith Barnes, c/o NJEA
PO Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211

or email with “NJHOF Essay Contest” in the subject line. 

Entries will be divided into two age categories: intermediate (grades 4 through 8) and high school (grades 9-12). Entries will be judged by a panel composed of NJEA and New Jersey Hall of Fame representatives. Winners will be notified by June 1. The winning students will receive a $500 scholarship to pursue a camp, program or educational opportunity of their choice. They will also be invited to participate in the Annual New Jersey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony scheduled for October 2023, which will be televised on My9NJ.  

The winning students’ nominations will be forwarded to the New Jersey Hall of Fame Academy for consideration in 2024.  

For more information about the New Jersey Hall of Fame, visit