The National Center for Policy Analysis and Debate Central are proud to announce the 2014-2015 Young Patriots Essay Contest! Entrants have the opportunity to compete for $10,000 in scholarship money.
The Young Patriots Essay Contest is designed to challenge high school students to creatively solve problems in the realm of economics and public policy through the art of writing. We assign a controversial topic each year and only THREE winners are chosen out of hundreds of essay submissions. Find the topic and entry instructions below the fold!
Last year’s contest winners receiving their awards in Dallas.
Please read the following two pieces as you consider the above topic. Your submission will be graded in part according to how carefully and thoughtfully you engage with these challenging articles. They are:
You may also incorporate outside research into your writing. Although this is not required, it may improve the overall quality of your essay.
UPDATE: The 2014-2015 contest is open to middle school students, as well as high school students. Please disregard any conflicting information.
A. Essays should be written in English, with submissions of up to 1,200 words. Essays exceeding this length will not be considered. Please submit your entry as a Microsoft Word document.
Also be sure to include all essential information, including your name, address, phone number(s) and e-mail address in the body of the essay. This information does not count against your total word count.
E-mail your submission to Rachel.Stevens [at] ncpa.org.
Each e-mail submission will receive a return message verifying that the essay was received.
A. Your essay will not be considered. There is no word minimum.
A. Any current middle or high school student or recent graduate who has never enrolled as a degree-seeking student in any college/university.
If you have enrolled in a college course for dual credit with your high school, you are still eligible.
A. Yes, as long as they meet the criteria above and write the essay in English.
A. For tuition or related expenses at a college or university of your choice. You are NOT allowed to spend the money on non-educational expenses.
A. No. We must be able to publish both your essay and name.
A. In the Modern Language Association (MLA) format. Citations should be listed in a ‘Works Cited’ page at the end of the document. An example of a citation in this format from a web resource is listed below:
Goodman, John. What is Wrong with the Drug Industry? John Goodman’s Health Policy Blog. National Center for Policy Analysis, 23 Sept. 2011. Web. 24 Sep. 2011. ‹http://healthblog.ncpa.org/whats-wrong-with-the-drug-industry/›.
For additional citation questions please consult Purdue University’s free online formatting and style guide.
The works cited page should not be included in your overall word count.
A. No, but make sure you include your name, address, phone number(s) and e-mail address in the body of the e-mail.
A. Yes. Here are a few suggestions for participants:
The short answer: No. The longer answer: No, but you should warrant your disagreement with outside sources and research. Make sure your argument is complete, articulate and supported. Avoid ad hominem attacks that indict the author without properly considering the merit of the argument.
A. No. First, second and third prizes will be awarded in the amounts of $5,000, $3,000, and $2,000 respectively.
A. Most likely nothing. Our offices are closed periodically in late December and early January for the holidays. If your message was sent during this time, you should have received an automatically generated reply. Check your spam folder. If you did not receive any sort of reply, please try re-sending the message. If that fails, leave a time-stamped comment here and we will get back to you ASAP.
PRIVACY: This scholarship is funded by the National Center for Policy Analysis, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public policy organization. Any personal information collected from non-winning entries is used only in aggregate to gauge participation statistics. Contest winners must agree to have their name, school, grade level, home town, and essay made public for site usage, NCPA newsletter, etc. Beyond the initial confirmation email, contest entry will not result in any further communication or solicitation from Debate Central or the NCPA. We will never sell or otherwise distribute your personal information to third parties.
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