Character Essay Contest

Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship—these are the six pillars of Character Counts, an educational program set to instill good morals and values regardless of political, religious or culturally diverse backgrounds. Tri Sigma’s ideals of wisdom, power, faith, hope and love fit into these pillars as concepts of a larger picture.

Each year, Tri Sigma joins the U.S. President, U.S. Senate, state governors, and officials around the world to celebrate the third week in October as CHARACTER COUNTS! Week. One way we do this is our annual Character Essay Contest. Open to all collegiate sorority women and alumnae of Tri Sigma, the contest challenges sorority women to consider and write about their own character and how it relates to their daily life.


Collegiate entrants are eligible to receive the following:

  • 1st Place – $300
  • 2nd Place – $200
  • 3rd Place – $100

Additionally, two alumnae winners will each receive $100.


2022 Essay Topic:

“For there is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it,” said Amanda Gorman, 2017 Youth Poet Laureate of the United States. Describe in 600 words or less how you are a light to your community and sisterhood. 


Essay Guidelines:

  • COLLEGIANS: All entrants must be members affiliated with a national sorority (NPC, NPHC, NMGC, NAPA, etc.) and enrolled full-time at a college or university AND must be in good standing with their organization.
  • ALUMNAE: All entrants must be an alumna of Tri Sigma and in good standing with the national organization.
  • All entries should include name, email address, phone number, and sorority or chapter affiliation. The affiliated organization will verify good standing before the award announcement.
  • Essays should address the annual topic and not exceed 600 words in length.
  • All submissions become the property of Tri Sigma and may be published online.

The submission deadline is now closed. Winners will be announced during Character Counts Week.

View the 2021 Character Essay Contest winners here.