The Memorial’s 17th Annual Student Essay Contest allows students the opportunity to share their views on relevant topics while engaging them in the lessons of the Memorial. The April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was the result of some individuals choosing violence to express disagreement and effect change. This evil act killed 168 innocent men, women and children.

The Student Essay Contest encourages students to think about the significance of healthy debate and how promoting civility is more important than ever in uniting our society.

Students in grades 5-12 may participate and are eligible to win a cash prize and have the opportunity to be recognized in a ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum in March, 2018.

Over 1,000 students participated in last year’s contest. From those essays, teachers submitted their top selections resulting in nearly 500 entries. Winning essays came from students in Oklahoma and Missouri.


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We are grateful to Allegiance Credit Union for sponsoring this contest, and proud of our continued partnership. The Federal Employees Credit Union, which changed its name to Allegiance Credit Union in 2003, was located on the third floor of the Murrah Building and lost 18 of its 33 employees in the bombing. Six of the surviving employees were seriously injured. With the assistance of other credit unions and volunteers, they were able to reopen within 48 hours at a temporary site furnished by Tinker Federal Credit Union. “The legacy of FECU, the restoration, and continued growth as Allegiance Credit Union makes members and employees alike, proud to be credit union people,” said Lynette Leonard, Allegiance Credit Union President/CEO.