Ayn Rand – Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

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Amount
Awarded

$593

Awarded

Application Deadline

September 21, 2020

Monday
Awarded By:

Ayn Rand Institute

Number of Awards & Eligibility: 84 awards offered annually as follows: 1 first prize; 3 second prizes; 5 third prizes; 50 finalist prizes. Five additional awards are available for students in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for international and U.S. students.
  2. Must be a current high school senior or an undergraduate or graduate student.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: Current high school seniors and undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for this award. To enter, each student must write an essay of 800 to 1,600 words discussing 'Atlas Shrugged'; students must select one of the specific essay prompts listed on the Ayn Rand Institute website.

Application requirements for the Ayn Rand – Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest are:

  • Essay
  • Cover sheet
Additional Information: Essays will be judged on whether the student is able to argue for and justify his or her view—not on whether the Institute agrees with the view the student expresses. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Atlas Shrugged. Essay submissions are evaluated in a fair and unbiased four-round judging process. Judges are individually selected by the Ayn Rand Institute based on a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Ayn Rand's works. Winners' names are unknown to judges until after essays have been ranked and the contest results finalized. The Ayn Rand Institute checks essays with Ithenticate plagiarism detection software. Winners, finalists, semi-finalists and all other participants will be notified via email in early August. Employees of the Ayn Rand Institute, its board of directors and their immediate family members are not eligible for this contest. Past first-place winners are not eligible for this contest.

Award Amount: Awards are for cash prizes in the following amounts: first prize, $25,000; second prizes, $2,500; third prizes, $500; finalist prizes, $100. All awards are non-renewable.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $593.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, September 21, 2020

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, September 21, 2020

Applications are available online from the Ayn Rand Institute website. To enter, each student must write an essay of 800 to 1,600 words on the book 'Atlas Shrugged' by Ayn Rand. The applicant must choose one of the three essay topics listed on the Ayn Rand Institute website. Essays should be typewritten and double-spaced and must be the sole work of the entrant. Only one entry is accepted per student. If submitting by mail, a cover sheet must be stapled to the essay, and should include the following: name and address of entrant; entrant's email address (if available); name and address of entrant's university; topic selected; and the entrant's current grade level. Essays may be submitted via the online application or via mail to the address provided. Essays must be submitted or postmarked by 11:59 p.m. PST on the deadline date.
Contact: Anthony Loy
Address: Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest P.O. Box 57044 Irvine, California 92619-7044

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