We The Students Scholarship Contest

The 2013 contest is now closed. The 2014 contest will open in September.

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Winners Announced!

  • 1st Place: Janek Benigno – Chandler, Arizona
  • 2nd Place: Joshua Wilkerson – Erie, Pennsylvania
  • 3rd Place: Hwasung Yoo – Henrico, Virginia
  • Honorable Mention: Brian Wei – Brooklyn, New York
  • Honorable Mention: Martin Clayton – Trenton, Ohio

What: Answer 3 questions about the ideas of the Constitution and your role as a citizen.  

Question 1:

Pick one of the following 3 founding principles:

(1) Equality
(2) Rule of Law
(3) Federalism

Referencing the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, or another document from the Founding, explain why your chosen principle was important to the Founders.  Discuss the importance of this principle today using a current issue as the basis for your argument.  (500 words or less)

Question 2:

Louis Brandeis once said:

“…the most important office, and the one which all of us can and should fill, is that of private citizen.  The duties of the office of private citizen cannot under a republican [representative] form of government be neglected without serious injury to the public.”

Do you agree with Brandeis?  Why or why not?  Provide an example of a time when you exercised the “duties of the office of private citizen” in a way that benefited your community.  (500 words or less)

Question 3:  

Throughout America’s history, and especially in recent years, there has been a debate between how to balance national security with civil liberties.  Using specific examples from history or the present day, explain what you think is the right balance between liberty and security.  Read the US Constitution and make a brief constitutional argument for your opinion.  (800 words or less)

Who: Current high school students

Extended Deadline: December 16, 2013

Student Prizes:

1st Place – $4,000
2nd Place – $2,000
3rd Place – $1,000
Honorable Mention (2 prizes) – $500

When students win, teachers win!  The teachers of each winner will receive prize money to reward their work in the classroom.

Teacher prizes:

1st Place – $500
2nd Place – $300
3rd Place – $100
Honorable Mention (2 prizes) – $50