FIRE Freedom in Academia Essay Scholarship
As the elections for the President of the United States heat up, politics/issues are on a lot of peoples’ minds. One of the tenets of the United States of America is “freedom of speech.” In fact, on the bill of rights, it is the first right that is listed. In this spirit, today’s scholarship is the FIRE Freedom in Academia Essay Scholarship Contest.
This scholarship is for high school juniors and seniors. The scholarship is essay-based and asks students to write an essay between 800 and 1,000 words.
The award breakdown is as follows:
- There is one first prize winner who will receive $10,000
- There is one second prize winner who will receive $5,000
- There are THREE runners-up who will be awarded $1,000
- Finally, the next four students will receive $500
The essay prompt this year is “Why is free speech important at our nation’s colleges and universities? Using examples from both videos, discuss how censorship of student speech is incompatible with higher education.” The scholarship website will help you get started.
The deadline for this scholarship is January 1, 2014!