NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Youth Essay Contest

$1,000

December 31, 2021

Awards Available: 4

  • Scholarship Description
  • The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund sponsors a scholarly writing contest for grades K-12. The theme for the essay is "What Does The Second Amendment Mean to You?" Essays will be judged in two categories: Senior (grades 9-12) and junior (grades 8 and below), with separate cash prizes awarded to the winners in each category.
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    First place cash prizes are $1,000, $600 for second place, $200 for third place, and $100 for fourth place. The contest is open to all students enrolled, or who will be enrolled, in an elementary, junior high, or high school, including home-schooled students in an equivalent grade level, who have not previously received a prize in their category. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.
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  • Scholarship Committee
  • 11250 Waples Mill Road
  • Fairfax, VA 22030
  • nracrdf@nrahq.org
  • 703-267-1250
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Miroslava A  on 2/5/2021 11:36:16 AM

I did apply, I hope to win and if not there’s always more opportunities. You win some you lose some.

Lily G.  on 1/23/2021 3:45:21 PM

Yes I am about to apply for this scholarship because it seems cool.

jennifer deleon  on 1/6/2021 8:35:00 AM

I believe this scholarship can inform students and motivate them to do research on the 2nd amendment. I fell like even though its $1000 dollars, we need to apply because we could use this for college books since they are a lot of money as well as other college expenses.

Peter H  on 12/28/2020 7:06:16 PM

Yes, I've applied for this scholarship to help me financially for school.

Evan L  on 12/22/2020 9:41:02 AM

I am applying for this scholarship and working on finalizing my paper now. This topic has made me really think deep down. I hope to win to help pay for college expenses , but I learned a lot through my own experiences and research.

Willow G  on 12/16/2020 4:59:19 PM

There are a ton of student out there writing this essay right now, I’m sure of it. This essay isn’t a competition for me, it’s a chance to prove to myself that I can succeed. And if I don’t, this easy is a beckoning to keep going.

Willow G  on 12/16/2020 12:10:20 PM

There are a ton of student out there writing this essay right now, I’m sure of it. This essay isn’t a competition for me, it’s a chance to prove to myself that I can succeed. And if I don’t, this easy is a beckoning to keep going.

daniel r  on 12/15/2020 12:45:05 PM

I think that the second amendment is very important to our country, and without it we will eventually fall to something that we wouldn't be able to stop

jennifer deleon  on 12/14/2020 10:07:40 AM

I believe this scholarship can inform students and motivate them to do research on the 2nd amendment. I fell like even though its $1000 dollars, we need to apply because we could use this for college books since they are a lot of money as well as other college expenses.

Rayane R  on 12/13/2020 6:49:55 PM

This scholarship is a good opportunity to share and exchange thoughts and opinions, it is an open space for free speech, and for a constructive debate between us the future generation. The purpose is not only to get the money but is about expressing our opinions.

Edward Lee Flores  on 12/11/2020 2:06:08 PM

I personally want to advocate more for how my Constitutional rights represent me and I feel like this is the perfect scholarship to do just that!

Tikvah C  on 12/4/2020 1:52:15 PM

The second amendment is the only thing keeping the left from taking away all of our freedoms and rights. we need to be able to protect ourselves. I hope there isn't a bias on this because I'm going to enter and express why this amendment is so important.

jennifer deleon  on 12/4/2020 9:46:15 AM

I believe this scholarship can inform students and motivate them to do research on the 2nd amendment. I fell like even though its $1000 dollars, we need to apply because we could use this for college books since they are a lot of money as well as other college expenses.

Alizee H  on 11/30/2020 9:22:24 PM

This is a good way to see other views on the second amendment and understand it more yourself.I think this scholarship is a good way for many other students and I to state our opinions somewhere.

Mariah G  on 11/29/2020 2:04:12 PM

Yes I am working on my final draft and i am about to send it

Raquel R  on 10/13/2020 3:28:48 PM

I am very interested in applying for this scholarship. My family is a firm believer in protecting the 2nd Amendment. I am so glad that I found this site.

Drayton D.  on 10/2/2020 8:58:44 AM

I would apply for this scholarship...but why? There are probably thousands of students with writing abilities much better than mine and for what? $1000 to add to my already heaping mountain of predicted student loan debt because I KNOW I can't afford college.

Trinity B  on 9/21/2020 7:03:08 PM

This essay sounds like a good opportunity to help myself understand more about civil rights and good chance to win this scholarship. I'm so excited to get started on it. :)

Egypt B.  on 8/4/2020 9:50:47 AM

I feel this scholarship can let students share their opinions.

Daysia T  on 7/25/2020 1:33:59 PM

I am so excited to apply for this scholarship because it gives minors a chance to express there opinion on one of the amendments.

Hawaii V  on 5/29/2020 10:29:18 PM

Question, does the essay NEED to be sent in by mail?

Zoe M  on 4/16/2020 7:22:41 PM

write about something i already love to talk about? count me in

James C.  on 12/9/2019 7:20:07 PM

Bro i hate the second amendment and guns but by god am i going to be a bootlicker for this scholarship

jose r  on 12/5/2019 3:06:13 PM

BOI IF YOU DONT

Lised N  on 10/24/2019 3:17:43 PM

This Scholarship seems intresting and cool because you can see what other people think about the second amedment.

Michael L  on 10/22/2019 6:28:10 PM

If we had the right to own semiautomatic type rifles repealed, then nothing is holding the socialist left back from taxing the life out of us.

Caden B  on 12/5/2018 7:54:44 AM

Bias or not this scholarship is asking what the 2nd amendment means to you, not what do you think this means to everyone else.

kadija u  on 11/27/2018 7:01:12 PM

if you repeated a grade would it still be possible for you to participate in the contest

Rachel S  on 11/10/2018 9:51:19 AM

of course they’re only going to pick the essays which conform to their beliefs for the scholarship. i would apply if i knew bias would not be involved.

Sy'rai I  on 10/22/2018 11:26:02 AM

i can't wait to apply for this scholarship because it's a current situation and it lets us students share our opinions.

Diarra B  on 10/1/2018 8:52:53 PM

This should be a good place for me not to get my ideas suppressed!

Charles T  on 9/28/2018 7:25:07 AM

I think that the second amendment is very important to our country, and without it we will eventually fall to something that we wouldn't be able to stop. I love this topic and I am entering so i can express my feeling as well.

Scott M  on 8/31/2018 10:26:36 AM

What do I think of when I think of guns? I think of 'murica, and freedom n' stuff. God bless this country of ours

Sarah P  on 4/14/2018 9:24:36 PM

I am so excited to apply to this scholarship! I can finally express my opinions without getting bashed

Joshua G  on 4/5/2018 4:48:41 PM

Is there a word limit count?

yekaterina w  on 3/7/2018 10:28:39 AM

I'm applying today i love learning about world war two and i think that this would be a great opportunity to talk about something i love

Sarah J  on 1/19/2018 9:20:06 AM

I am applying today! I think this is a very good idea! Thank You!!

Barbara D  on 1/4/2018 8:48:50 PM

How do I apply?

Jakob G  on 7/13/2017 2:22:45 PM

I don't necessarily like guns, or what some people use them for, but I do believe that they are sometimes necessary, and I do believe in the second amendment. That is why I am choosing to write about this topic and apply for this scholarship.

TAYLOR P  on 6/12/2017 11:52:54 AM

How do I turn my essay in? do I send it to the email that is showing above?

Noah R  on 6/17/2016 3:24:52 PM

The average applicant quantity is above 10,000. SO much competition.

jordan c  on 11/19/2015 3:07:36 PM

this scholarship seems very interesting!

Brittany G  on 5/1/2015 3:06:48 PM

love to share my voice in this scholarship.

LaPetra W  on 11/11/2010 2:01:32 PM

Would love to apply for this scholarship.

Kaitlyn B  on 11/8/2009 9:27:35 PM

All information is right on the website link. Simply click on it and read the directions.

Nashaundria M  on 10/29/2009 2:51:46 PM

i believe that the essay is referring to writing about the civil rights

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