Three student essayists will split $10,000 this spring for the Stim Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship, sponsored by The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

Submissions are now being accepted for the contest until March 15.

The scholarship is hosted by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and funded by the family of the late Stimson Bullitt, a Seattle attorney, civil rights activist and environmentalist.

The contest challenges local college-bound high school students and current college students to write about a Washington state figure or group of people who created change in their communities by demonstrating civic courage.

The winner earns $5,000 for college tuition aid, while two runners-up win $2,500.

The top three essayists will also have their submissions catalogued in The Seattle Public Library’s Special Collections.

More details, including the rules, eligibility requirements and resources for research, are available at the Foundation’s Stim Bullitt scholarship page.