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Hispanic Heritage Month Art & Essay Contest

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis invite all Florida students to participate in the 2019 Hispanic Heritage Month art and essay contests with the theme of “Celebrating Public Service: Hispanic Heritage Month 2019.” Students in grades K-3 have a chance to win a cash prize by submitting their original artwork, and students in grades 4-12 can earn a 4-year Florida Prepaid Scholarship through the essay contest. 


As you develop lesson plans for Hispanic Heritage Month, observed September 15-October 15, 2019, please encourage your students to learn about the numerous contributions of Hispanic Americans and either write an essay or create artwork for submission to the contest.


The prizes could transform the lives of a student in your class or school. I hope that you will inspire all of your students to take full advantage of this opportunity to enhance their appreciation for Hispanic American History and prepare financially for their own future education aspirations.        


Additionally, students, parents, teachers and principals are invited to nominate full-time educators in elementary, middle and high schools for the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award. 


The deadline for all submissions is 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 13, 2019. 


To learn more about Florida’s rich history of contributions by Hispanic-Americans and for more information about the art, essay and educator contests, please visit



Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran