NLMS seeks entries to MacCluggage scholarship contest

New London Maritime Society invites high school juniors and seniors to enter its 2014 Reid MacCluggage Black Maritime History Scholarship contest.

Contestants must write an essay, short story, poem, play, movie script or novella about the African-American experience in the maritime world for the chance to win a $1,000 New London Maritime Society scholarship.

To be eligible for the contest, students must be in good standing at one of the following high schools: East Lyme, Grasso Tech., Fisher's Island, Fitch, Griswold, Ledyard, Lyme-Old Lyme, Montville, New London, NFA, Norwich Regional Tech., St. Bernard's, Stonington, Williams School, Waterford and Wheeler.

There are no restrictions on the length or scope of submissions, but all entries must be typed and include a complete list of all primary and secondary research sources. Additionally, each entry must be accompanied by a cover page, stating the student's name, address and telephone number, as well as the name of the high school he or she attends and a brief abstract describing the intent/content of the piece.

All entries must be received at the Custom House Maritime Museum, 150 Bank St., New London, by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28. Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than Feb. 28.

Following review by a panel of judges from the community, a scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded for the most outstanding entry, and a scholarship of $500 for second place.

Students are welcome to start their research at the New London Maritime Society's Frank L. McGuire Maritime Research Library, which contains books and manuscripts on topics related to black maritime history. Call (860) 447-2501 to make a reservation to work in the NLMS library.

The Reid MacCluggage Black Maritime History Award was established to foster an awareness of the experience of African Americans in the context of maritime history. It honors the commitment of Reid MacCluggage, the editor and publisher of The Day newspaper from 1984-2001, to the development of multicultural awareness and excellent writing skills in students.

For more information, contact Susan at the Custom House Maritime Museum at (860) 447-2501 or


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