Rittgers & Rittgers Annual Scholarship
The Rittgers & Rittgers Scholarship honors four promising Warren County seniors each year for intellectual strength, independent thinking and exceptional achievement. Recipients are chosen based on their ability to achieve success through a demonstrated commitment to the principals of the United States Constitution, including freedom, progress and justice. Rittgers & Rittgers believes that to value the nation’s founding principles we must value hard work and excellence in Warren County’s public schools.
Applicants must have a GPA of 3.3 or above, with demonstrated commitment to the principals of the United States Constitution. Prior to receiving an award, the applicant must submit an official high school transcript and verification of post-graduate plans (upon request). Candidates DO NOT need to have experience with legal or constitutional matters. Only graduating seniors from Warren County public schools will be considered.
Please limit your essay response to fewer than 500 words. Anything exceeding this limit will not be considered. Competitive candidates will demonstrate a commitment to freedom, progress and justice in answering the following:
- When entering the courtroom prior to the start of a criminal trial, jurors often have pre-conceived notions of the people involved. They look at the judge as the person who will preside over the case and make certain rulings during the trial. They look at the prosecutor as the person who will try the case on behalf of the government. When they look at the person accused of the crime, the defendant, they rarely ask themselves, "I wonder what that innocent person is charged with?" More frequently, they think, "I wonder what that person did?" Please discuss why this is wrong and the way in which this way of thinking affects your own civil liberties.
Please visit our website for more information and to apply.