Students: Submit your essays by March 29!


The Maryland Chamber Foundation is honored to be one of six local and state chambers to host the first pilot National Civics Bee competitions in May 2022. The National Civics Bee pilot is the civics literacy program of The Civic Trust, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation initiative to promote greater civic knowledge and civic participation across the country. Learn more from our official press release.

How it works

The National Civics Bee is an annual competition that encourages young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities. In the first round of the contest, local middle school students will participate in an essay competition. Judges will then select 10 finalists to participate in the final round: a live quiz event testing civics knowledge.

The competition is open to any Maryland middle school students (grades 6-8) in any school – public, private, charter, virtual or home-based.


Round 1: February 22 – March 29, 2022


Round 2: May 7, 2022

Prizes include:


Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor:



Identify a problem facing your community. How might a citizen solve the problem? Write a 500-word essay, two pages, double-spaced, that includes the following:


Your essay will be evaluated based on how well you:


We recommend that you type your essay in a separate document, prior to entering your information and essay on the submission page.

Please review all rules and eligibility requirements before submitting.


Alternately, you can print the form on the submission page along with your essay, and mail them to this address: The Maryland Chamber Foundation, ATTN: Civics Bee, 100 West St, Suite 100, Annapolis, MD 21401.

All essays must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on March 29, 2022 to be considered. Finalists will be notified by the Maryland Chamber of Foundation in early April via email.

Please email with any questions.



Download and print a National Civics Bee poster to hang in your classroom or on school bulletin boards.

Want to incorporate the National Civics Bee competition into your class curriculum? Download suggested lesson plans around this topic from iCivics.


We are hosting the Civics Bee because we recognize that a healthy democracy relies on citizens who are well informed about their history, government and public issues and who are motivated to engage constructively in shaping the vibrancy of public life in their communities, their states and their nation. The business community our Chamber represents understands it has an enormous stake – as well as a unique and potentially effective role to play – in strengthening American civic life.

Read more about why civics education matters in our blog: “Boosting civics education is critical for a healthy, stable economy”



The Maryland Chamber Foundation is a designated 501(c)(3) and supports sustainable solutions that drive Maryland’s future economy including talent, education, innovation, economic diversity, infrastructure, business climate, governance, and quality of life.


 For more information on the Maryland Chamber Foundation, contact Executive Director Whitney Harmel at or call 410-269-0642, ext. 1117.