The New London Maritime Society has announced that it is accepting submissions for this year's Reid MacCluggage Black Maritime History Scholarship.
Open to high school juniors and seniors in good standing, the annual scholarship includes a top prize of $1,000. The second place entry will receive $500.
Participants should enter an essay, movie script, novella, poem, play, or short story based on the theme of the African-American experience in the maritime world. There are no restrictions on the length of submissions, but entries must be typed with a list of primary and secondary sources as well as a cover sheet detailing the student's name, address, telephone number, and high school. The cover sheet should also have a brief abstract on the intent and content of the submission.
The scholarship is open to students attending school in East Lyme, Grasso Tech, Fisher's Island, Fitch, Griswold, Ledyard, Lyme-Old Lyme, Montville, New London, Norwich Free Academy, Norwich Regional Tech, St. Bernard's, Stonington, Williams School, Waterford, and the Wheeler School.
Entries must be received at the Custom House Maritime Museum by 5 p.m. on March 1 or postmarked no later than that date.
Participants are invited to use the museum's Frank L. McGuire Maritime Research Library, which includes materials on local maritime history and the Amistad incident. For more information, contact museum director Susan Tamulevich at 860-447-2501 or firstname.lastname@example.org.