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Free Speech Essay Contest
FIRE
Award: $500 - $10,000
Deadline: December 31, 2021
Description:

The mission of FIRE is to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience—the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity. In addition to defending the rights of students and faculty, FIRE works to educate students and the general public on the necessity of free speech and its importance to a thriving democratic society.

Open to juniors and seniors in U.S. high schools, including home-schooled students, as well as U.S. citizens attending high school overseas. In a persuasive letter or essay, convince your peers that free speech is a better idea than censorship. Your letter or essay must be between 700-900 words. You are encouraged to draw from current events, historical examples, Fire’s free speech comic, other resources on FIRE’s website, and/or your own personal experience.

FIRE must receive all entries by 11:59 EST, December 31, 2021. Winners will be announced by February 15, 2022.

One $10,000 first prize, one $5,000 second prize, three $1,000 third place prizes and four $500 prizes will be awarded.

*Essays should be submitted on website.

 

 

https://www.thefire.org/resources/high-school-network/essay-contest/

Important Information

What high schools does this scholarship apply to? All
Number of Available Awards: 9
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Scholarship Criteria: Essay Contest
Scholarship Location: Nationwide
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Is the scholarship renewable? No
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Is an essay required? Yes
Are service hours required? No

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fire@thefire.org

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Grades: 11th and 12th
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