$10,000 Free Speech Essay Contest

Scholarship Provided by : third party

Scholarship Amount

$10,000 USD

Application Deadline

January 01, 2016


  • To enter, students must submit an essay between 800 and 1,000 words on the provided topic below
  • .One $10,000 first prize, one $5,000 second prize, and three $1,000 runner-up prizes will be awarded for the best essays.
  • Four $500 winners will be chosen from the remaining entrants in a drawing.
  • FIRE will accept essay contest entries from August 1st to January 1st.
  • Winners will be announced January 31st.

  • High school juniors and seniors for the current school year who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to participate in FIRE's essay contest.
  • Answer the 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.
  • Your essay should be 800 to 1,000 words.
  • Submit your essay through the form on our website.
United States

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