We the Students Scholarship Contest


The Bill of Rights Institute seeks to help high school students understand the freedom and opportunity that the Constitution offers.  Among other programs, the We the Students Scholarship competition allows us to engage and educate thousands of students like yourself, who are interested in liberty, the founding principles, and personal responsibility.

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Essay Question: In 800 words or fewer, please answer the following question: “Since you were born, has America moved closer to or further away from the ideals outlined in the Declaration of Independence.”

Deadline: December 5, 2014

Student Prizes:

1st place: $5,000
2nd place: $3,000
3rd place: $1,500

Honorable mention (5 prizes): $300 each

Early Submission Bonus: Students who submit their entries by November 15, 2014, will have their names put into a drawing to receive one of five $100 Early Bird cash prizes.

Teacher Prizes:

1st place: $500 to teacher of 1st place student.
2nd place: $250 to teacher of 2nd place student.
3rd place: $150 to teacher of 3rd place student.


Teacher Nomination Bonus: Teachers with more than five nominations will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 gift card. Remember to remind your students to add your name & e-mail to their application!

If you have any questions, please check the FAQs Page or contact our Student Programs Manager, Luke Ripp at (703) 894-1776, ext. 21.