Free Speech Essay Contest

$10,000

December 31, 2019

Awards Available: 9

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  • Scholarship Description
  • The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is offering a Free Speech Essay Contest. The contest is open to juniors and seniors in U.S. high schools, including home-schooled students, as well as U.S. citizens attending schools overseas. Essays must be 800-1,000 words. One $10,000 first prize, one $ 5,000-second prize, and three $1,000 runner-up prizes will be awarded for the best essays. Four $500 winners will be chosen from the remaining entrants in a drawing. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.
  • Contact
  • Scholarship Committee
  • 510 Walnut Street
  • Suite 1250
  • Philadelphia, PA 19106
  • essaycontest@thefire.org
  • 215-717-3473 x268

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Nishal B  on 12/29/2018 3:19:13 PM

well just came across this today and got it done!!!!!!!!!!

Alexa B  on 12/21/2018 6:46:27 AM

This was a really fun essay to write. There are so many topics one could chose from that would go along with free speech. I really hope money from this scholarship can help me go to college. I also hope the college I chose does not have a designated area for free speech.

Nia H  on 12/17/2018 5:21:49 PM

Please send me more information on what the essay should be about. I would love to apply. Thanks Nia Hill

Joanna R  on 12/10/2018 10:23:18 AM

Morgan if you check the website on "Apply Now!" it'll show you what the topic should be about. Which said "explain in 800-1000 words why free speech is so important to higher education, and why censorship undermines the ideals of liberal education and a free society."

aicha l  on 12/7/2018 9:45:07 AM

I am ready for the challenge Locking my room door, high heels on, and my hair slicked back in a half up half down, I am Ariana Grande. At nine years old, I stand in front of my mirror and pretend to be my idol, singing and dancing in front of thousands of people. I rehearse in my time and put on shows for my imaginary fans, shouting “Are you guys having a good time tonight” or “This next song is dedicated to my amazing fans”. As a kid, Escaping the real world to do what I loved made me feel special. My fondness for singing started when I was around seven years old. I was unknown of my talent until I sang for my friends in fourth grade. Their reaction surprised me. They were astonished by how great I sounded and told me to be a professional singer in the future. From that day, when I was alone, I sang and sang and sang and sang. Growing up I was bullied a lot because I came from a Middle Eastern family and didn’t speak English well. This prevented me from trying out for plays and talent shows, but it did not prevent me from singing. Eventually, I grew older and developed confidence. In high school, I sang the national anthem at my school’s basketball games and auditioned for talent shows and musicals. Although I was always rejected, I never lost pride in my talent. In my free time, I began to write songs. I enjoy this simply because I can express my feelings and It’s also very therapeutic. It’s a creative process and I create a craft based on what I feel or am thinking about at the moment. Now, Music is still an important part of my life. It brings me significant joy and happiness. It’s also changed my life in a positive way. When I feel upset, I turn to music. I believe music will continue to make me happy in the future. Although I may never be a famous well known singer, I plan on going to college to become a successful well known business woman. My dream is to be a CEO of

Morgan A  on 11/30/2018 11:52:58 AM

Wait... Can I choose any topic?

Salvador T  on 11/30/2018 9:57:59 AM

This has to be one the best scholarship options and I would like to see other scholarships like this but there isn't a categories section on this site.

Samuella T  on 11/11/2018 7:37:50 AM

I'm glad that i am going to apply for the scholarship,it will help with college next academic year!!!! I'm now a high school senior

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