How to Apply

Robert F. Kennedy and Mohbat in April 1968 after Kennedy won the Indiana primary.

Robert F. Kennedy and Mohbat in April 1968 after Kennedy won the Indiana primary

Through this application process, each student will express his or her own form of creativity. Our hope is that the Mohbat Prize will bring out students’ individual voices and that applicants will be rewarded for their efforts in unexpected ways.

Who is eligible? Any member of the 2017 senior class of selected Brooklyn public high schools who enjoys writing, has a desire to be recognized for his or her efforts and who has a spark that honors the memorial nature of the award.  If you do not already have a nominating teacher, please find an English or journalism teacher, or college adviser, or another school faculty who can assist you.

How to apply

 1. Submit an essay on this topic: “What is Special to Me about Brooklyn?” Roughly 1,000 words.

Please, do not submit your first draft. We want to see how you write and how you think about writing. Take your time to write and rewrite something you are proud to submit. Feel free to show it to others before you upload it.

2. Submit your best writing sample from your own portfolio of any length up to 2,000 words.

3. Formatting-  Double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font. Be sure to include your first and last name on every page of both writing pieces.

Upload your completed application (essay and writing sample) in the form below no later than midnight May 24, 2017Incomplete applications will not be considered. Questions should be directed to


Email application materials directly to  See email format below:
First Name :
Last Name :
School :
Age :
Email :
Phone :
Nominating Teacher’s Name :
Nominating Teacher’s Email :
Nominating Teacher’s Number :
Attach both essays with the following format: