New York, NY – September 15, 2022 – Optimum, together with co-sponsor TelevisaUnivision, today announces the start of its annual Hispanic Heritage Month essay contest. The essay contest, which will run from September 15 – October 31, is held to recognize and celebrate the diverse histories, cultures, and contributions of generations of Hispanic-Americans across the country. 

This year’s essay prompt is: 

In 500 words or less, choose a person (or group) of Hispanic heritage who have kept their community connected to one another, to their culture, or to those outside their community, and explain how. It could even be you!

Available to all middle and high school students across the Optimum service area, this year’s contest boasts a total of four Grand Prize scholarships of $3,000, which will be awarded to middle and high school winners within the Optimum 21-state footprint. Additional prizes will be awarded to finalists, and, for the first time, Optimum and TelevisaUnivision are introducing a gift for teachers who sponsor the highest number of essay submissions from their students. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be a student in grades 6-12 who attends a school in the Optimum service footprint
  • You do not have to be Hispanic to apply
  • Your essay must be in English
  • All essay submissions must be received by 11:59 pm EST on October 31, 2022

For more on Optimum’s Hispanic Heritage Month essay contest, including submission requirements, information on prizes, and how to submit essays, visit optimum.com/hhm.