FIRE’s Free Speech Essay Contest

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Amount
Awarded

$2,500

Awarded

Application Deadline

December 31

Tuesday
Awarded By:

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)

Number of Awards & Eligibility: Eight awards offered annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  3. Must be a high school junior or senior at the time of application.

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

Description: This award is for U.S. high school juniors and seniors who submit a essay to the FIRE's scholarship.

Application requirements for the FIRE’s Free Speech Essay Contest are:

  • Application form
  • Essay
Additional Information: FIRE's mission is to defend and sustain individual rights at America's colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience—the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity. FIRE's core mission is to protect the unprotected and to educate the public and communities of concerned Americans about the threats to these rights on our campuses and about the means to preserve them.

Award Amount: Scholarships are awarded as follows: One first place winner will be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship. One second place winner will receive a $5,000 college scholarship. Three third place winners will receive a $1,000 college scholarship. Four $500 winners will be chosen from the remaining entrants in a drawing. Awards are non-renewable.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $2,500.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Tuesday, December 31

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Tuesday, December 31

Scholarship information can be found on the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) website. Students should go to the FIRE's website and familiarize themselves with FIRE and FIRE's issues. Students must watch two short videos about real students who were censored and punished for speech that is protected by the U.S. Constitution. Students are also encouraged to watch some of FIRE's other videos, read FIRE's mission, and browse posts on The Torch to get a good sense of FIRE's goals and activities. Once the student has familiarized themselves with FIRE he/she must submit an essay on the following essay question: Why is free speech important at our nation's colleges and universities? Using examples from both videos, discuss how censorship of student speech is incompatible with higher education. Essay should be 700-900 words. Essays must be submitted through the online form located on the FIRE website by the deadline date.
Contact: Jaclyn A. Hall
Address: 601 Walnut Street, Suite 510 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

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