Today’s scholarship is the 2012 Making Democracy Work Student Essay Scholarship Program. This opportunity is sponsored by the United States Capitol Historical Society. This scholarship is open to students who are in middle school and high school. This is an essay-based scholarship and high schools students are asked to write an essay of between 800 and 1200 words. It should be noted that this requirement does not include citations. Students must type their essays in 12 point font and citations must be done in the MLA or Turabian-style.
This scholarship awards up to $1,000 in scholarships to winning students.
The essay prompt this year is:
In an essay, examine the role of informed citizens in making the American system of representative self-government work. Consider the constitutional structure of the government and the role of the individual citizen. Some things to consider might include: What do citizens need to know about how government works and how can they learn more? How can the individual be involved in the political process? What difference can the individual make? How can you share your views with others and make your opinions known to elected officials? In your essay you must use and cite sources such as the U.S. Constitution, newspaper and magazine articles, and books. You may use web sites, but exercise care and seek the guidance of a teacher or an adult.
The scholarship committee will be judging essays based on content, critical thinking, research, grammar, organization, and “mastery of topic.”
Additionally, students need to have an essay adviser to review their essay. Essay advisers should be teachers or counselors at your school and must verify the essay is your original work.
This scholarship is due June 15, 2012 and students can submit their applications through the mail or electronically. Students who are submitting their essays’s electronically must scan their essay adviser form with their adviser’s signature.
The registration form and essay adviser form can be found on the scholarship website.
Students who are submitting their essay via mail should postmark them to:
2012 Making Democracy Work Essay Contest
U.S. Capitol Historical Society
200 Maryland Avenue, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002
Electronic submissions should be sent to: [email protected].
Best of luck to all students!